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2015 17 Jul

Hymnotic

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Das Jakob Bro Tentet ist eine hochkarätige Angelegenheit mit drei Kontrabässen (Thomas Morgan, AC, Nikolaj Munch Hansen), drei unterschiedlichen und sich gegenseitig ergänzenden Bläsern (Jesper Zeuthen, Andrew D’Angelo, Chris Speed), zwei Schlagzeugern (Jakob Høyer und Kresten Osgood), einem Elektroniker/Tastenmann (Nikolaj Torp Larsen) und der Stimme des Aarhuser Schriftstellers Peter Laugesen, alles gelenkt von Bros leiser Gitarre.
 
 
 

 
 
 
Zeuthens ungewöhnlicher scharfer Klang lodert und Larsen arbeitet sogar mit alten Tonband- maschinen. Das Tentet spielt in dieser Besetzung regelmäβig in Dänemark, zuletzt auf den Jazz Festivals in Kopenhagen und Aarhus.
 
 
 

 
 
 
Das Tentet ist ein eindrucksvoller Beweis für die immense Kraft und Gewalt, die aus einer klaren, einer reichen und sich selbst verstärkenden wie erneuernden Melodie entspringen kann. Aus ihr entwickelen sich der enorme Schub und die enorme Fülle. Bei Konzerten vergeht die Zeit im Fluge, will sagen, man vergisst die Zeit.
 
 
 

 
 
 
Viele Instrumente zumal von der gleichen Sorte brauchen nicht zu Brachialmusik zu führen. Dass es anders geht, hat als erster Paul Motian mit seiner Garden Of Eden Gruppe (2006, ECM) gezeigt. Mit Vermehrung der Instrumente wurde die Musik immer leichter. Als ich Motian zum letzten Mal traf, verkündete er fröhlich, dass er neben den drei Gitarristen (Bro, Monder, Cardenas) nun auch DREI Bassisten habe. Dazu gehörten AC und Thomas Morgan, die auch in Bros Tentet spielen, und der altbewährte Jerome Harris.
 
 
 

 
 
 
Eine Studioaufnahme aus dem letzten Jahr ist jetzt als Album mit dem Titel Hymnotic/Salmodisk erschienen. Es ist als (gratis) Download HIER erhältlich und bei Konzerten als attraktiv gestaltete Vinyl zu erstehen. Die Vinyl-Ausgabe enthält die Texte von Peter Laugesen in dänischer und englischer Version. Die Konzerte sind natürlich das Real Thing, der Tonträger eine gute Erinnerung an die Fülle und Seele der Musik. Oder er kann hinführen, je nachdem.
 
 
 

 
 
 
Der Klang ist full blown, bewegt sich aber genau am anderen Ende des Kontinuums gegenüber dem Fire Orchestra. Reminiszenzen sind am ehesten Charlie Hadens Liberation Orchestra und Carla Bleys grössere Ensembles.

Three murmering basses:
 
 
 

 
 
 
Thomas Morgan, AC, Nikolaj Munch Hansen + The voice of poet Peter Laugesen
 
 
 

 
 

©FoBo_HenningBolte (Konzerte Kopenhagen und Aarhus, Juli 2015)

2015 27 Mai

In Richtung Norden

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Guitarist J a k o b B r o organized a very special (Northern) tour along places in Norway, Iceland, Faroe Island, Greenland and Denmark with LEE KONITZ, BILL FRISELL and THOMAS MORGAN. You can read about it on All About Jazz here

A special documentary film by Jørgen Leth about the tour and the musicians is in preparation to be released next year. Leth is one of the most illustrious figures of cultural life in Denmark.
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
Salut und Abschied
 
 

After last week’s wonderful, magical concert-tour in The Netherlands
with Thomas Morgan and Joey Baron …
 
 
get ready for GEFION
 
 
 

 
 
 
GODDESS FROM THE NORTH
 
A I R V I T A L
 
 
GEFION featuring Thomas Morgan & Jon Christensen.

It will be out on ECM Records the following dates in 2015:
 
6th of February – Denmark & Germany
9th of February – United Kingdom
3rd of March – USA

 

Danes are fond of vinyl with carefully designed sleeves and boxes. Vinyl is not an exception but on the contrary in some circles it seems to be considered as the essential part of an album release. It has become a philosophy and an artistic must. Vinyl with a carefully designed sleeve as an artifact is the real thing. It tells how much the musician(s) believe in it, it is a way of wooing listeners and it gives way to a special kind of perceiving music.

On vinyl an album is presented as a present. And in case you receive a copy by an artist you feel really honored. It makes a lot of difference thus. As a consequence I had to continue my travel from Copenhagen to Norway and back to Holland with a bunch of vinyls what also makes a nice difference. I brought them all home safely and enjoyed every piece of it.

I already introduced Simon Toldam’s black trio-album with Nils Bo Davidsen and Knut Finsrud as well as the new Eggs Laid By Tigers album with its perceptual reversible picture on the sleeve. A tiger-face is recognizable and also the physiognomy of Dylan Thomas.
 
 
 

 
 
 
What makes the Toldam album so distinguished is its sound quality which is true to the place where the music happened. That is reflected and framed by the beautiful sleeve noir and its salient typography. It differs all through aurally and visually from the hyperbolic, hypernatural stylization of contemporary piano-trio recordings. Its switching, shifting and jumping characteristics with its moments of finding, connecting and diverging is not presented as fireworks but as down to earth be here playfulness.
 
 
 

 
 
 
Many albums on ILK are released as vinyl only which means it is primarily perceived in that format and identified with it.

One of it is the upcoming new vinyl-album of Peter Bruun, Unintended Consequences.
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It features pianist Søren Kjærgaard, reed-player Torben Snekkestad, trumpet-player Eivind Lønning and bassist Jonas Westergaard. The sleeve shows some old school, old fashioned filing features: a name-badge plus, similar to a an old studio sheet of recordings, handwritten information on track-titles, musicians and some additional info. All (mis)guiding allusions – common in these days – are eliminated, expectations are downplayed. No mysteries are evoked besides one: there will be some unpredictable, creative music. That may help to decondition listeners’ minds. Each copy of the Unintended Consequences vinyl is numbered and has some additional handwritten info on the back of the album on the making of the music:

„The consequences of an act may be unintended or intended. A state of affairs is an unintended consequence of an act if it results from the act, although it was not the aim of the act to bring about this state of affairs. An intended consequence of an act, on the other hand, reflects a will, plan, or desire to make a particular state of affairs obtain. Only conscious beings with complex mental states can have aims in this way. Tables and avalanches, for example, do not.”

A thorough review soon.

Different aesthetics are manifestated by the releases of HIATUS, a label run by composer/saxophonist Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard. There are vinyl only releases as well as releases on more than one storage medium.

Løkkegaard himself has released his extraordinary opus Vesper last year. Vesper features Jakob Buchanan, flugelhorn, Jakob Bro, guitar, Marilyn Mazur, percussion and four clarinets (Ole Visby, Tine Vitkov, Birgit Bøgh Sønderiis, Mette Alrø Stoktoft) on the label. For a review see HERE and HERE.
 
 
 

 
 
 
Recently Hiatus has released two remarkable and very different piano-albums. First the highly idiosyncratic solo-album of pianist Johannes Richter titled 13 Pieces:
 
 
 

 
 
 
and Heights by pianist August Rosenbaum, featuring eminent bassist Thomas Morgan, the guitarists Joel Gjærsbøl and Jakob Bro, the saxophonists Lars Greve and Otis Sandsjö as well as percussionsts Mads Forsby and Victor Dybbroe. It is Lostinadream/Dreamlost music from the rushing ether with a very quiet form of electronics. Part of it a masterful solo passage by Thomas Morgan. And more. A wonderful ballad on side B – stopping time passing for a fraction of a second, then catch up with it again …
 
 
 

 

„Villa Nova“  – the Jakob Bro Trio with

Jakob Bro on guitar,
Jakob Høyer on drums and
Anders AC Christensen on bass.

„Anders Christensen – better known as AC – has been one of a group of Danish bassists, who during the 90s gave up the purist approach to their instrument, and instead began playing with an attitude rather than concentrating on making the bass sound clean, tending towards a ‚classical‘ ideal. AC’s style is in this sense ‚physical‘ – he really dives into the music with his instrument – and at the same time highly dexterous, allowing him to adopt different genres easily and still maintaining his personal features. AC has toured and played with a great number of internationally renowned jazz artists, such as Paul Motian, Billy Hart, George Garzone and Kurt Rosenwinkel as well a being a regular member of Once Around the Park, The Raveonettes and countless other groups.“ (jakobbro.com)

2012 14 Mrz

WEIGHTLESS

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