Excess Luggage

Excess Luggage, in their own words:

This Norwegian trio is based on the uncommon lineup of Hammond B3 organ, piano, and drums. We were all fascinated by the sound of these instruments, and thought it was too bad this lineup was not more common.

Capable of combining the groovy feel of the organ trio with the harmonic and melodic style of the piano trio, this should form the base for the perfect trio. Could make you wonder why this hasn’t been the most used trio lineup. But the answer came soon to us: Excess Luggage!

The music is based upon strong melodies played with an open mind, lots of energy and a well-developed interplay between three musicians that have known each other for many years. The tunes are a mix of original compositions developed for this trio, and arrangements of well-known standards.

Vigleik Storaas

One of the most important piano players in Norway. He has received two Norwegian Grammys for his releases with his own trio. He also works as a composer with commissions for the Vossajazz and Trondheim festivals. He has played on more than 20 other jazz records as a sideman with, among others, Karin Krog, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Terje Rypdal, Warne Marsh and John Surman.

Steinar Nickelsen

Was elected “Young Norwegian Jazz Musician of the Year” in 2002 with the trio “SOLID!”, and got many gigs in Norway and Europe after this. “SOLID!” also won the Getxo competition in Spain in 2003. Recorded with Pål Thowsen, Jon Eberson and Sidsel Endresen in 2002. Toured with Trondheim Jazzorchestra and Pat Metheny in 2003.

Håkon Mjåset Johansen

Started early to establish himself as one of the leading Norwegian drummers. The trio “Urban  Connection”  was elected “Young Norwegian Jazz Musician of the Year” in 1998. They won a Grammy for their debut “Urban Connection” and were nominated for their second called“French Only”. Håkon has toured with Chick Corea and Trondheim Jazzorchestra in 2000-01, and played quartet with Michael Brecker on the Molde festival in 2003. He has also played with “Motif”, “Solid!” and “Come Shine”.

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