"First Light" is a personal album that summarizes more than two decades of musical experience. It is the result of a longer process, a search for a distinctive musical expression.
Behind this, is a vision of creating a musical expression that incorporates the emotional intensity of John Coltrane and the lyrical style of Bill Evans, combined with influences from classical and contemporary music.
This recording represents the first version of this musical vision. It emphasises the lyrical aspect, but also contains elements of hard-swinging jazz. The melodic and virtuosic piano style of Bloch, is well matched by the sophisticated and sensitive drumming of Anders Thorén. All of this is tied together by bass player Frode Berg, who is taking the music to an even higher level with his steady accompaniment and brilliant tone.
The album was recorded in Nilento studio in Gothenburg during May 2015. It contains mostly original compositions by pianist Michael Bloch, and it is Bloch's first recording as a leader.
"An album within the classic american trio-tradition with good compositions. A solid debut." - Roald Helgheim / Dagsavisen (NO)
"A nice album with strong musical interplay" - Jan Granlie / Salt Peanuts (DK)
Michael Bloch – piano
Frode Berg – bass
Anders Thorén – drums