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Storyville Records is Europe’s oldest independent jazz label. It releases a rich variety of jazz, blues and related musical genres, often accompanied by authoritative notes and rare extras. This iconic label was founded in 1952 in Denmark and today continues to augment its unique historic catalogue of recordings made by visiting American jazz and blues legends with new releases from contemporary jazz artists.

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Mirrors Within points in the direction of the inner landscapes of music: those places in the mind where music can become sounds that bleed, infect and flourish.

When pianist Carsten Dahl went into the studio with his perennial fellow musicians, the bassist Niels Bo Davidsen and the drummer Stefan Pasborg, it was with a special dogma: Not to say a word throughout the recording. Mirrors Within was created in a continuous sequence of first takes and everything was improvised without previous agreements or ideas, except ’Falling Down’ and ’How I Hear Beauty’ based on some chords Dahl scratched down on a piece of paper in the studio. There is a natural, fluent and electric feeling in the music. The trio creates a series of intense pieces most of them no longer than 3-4 minutes, but together they constitute a suite-like process with stimulating variation in form and expression.

‘To me Mirrors Within is the picture of the collective and the universal’

, Dahl says. 

‘In the music we mirror ourselves in one another. But the mirror can also break and behind it is black’

. Hereby he insinuates the both bright and dark sides of his own artist life. He has spoken in public about trauma, therapy and medicine. Music, painting and poetry are his creative responses. Dahl, Davidsen & Pasborg have developed a special musical dialect together. We are way beyond instrumental skills, which are top class, but it is about much more than that. The best way perhaps to summarize the activities is with the word: empathy. Not as a feeling, but as an ability to participate in a mutual human action which otherwise could not be realized. It´s spontaneous and straightforward just like the brush strokes by Dahl seen on the album cover. But it´s not random what goes on. The trio establish a sonic architecture as clear and vivid as a mountain source. ‘When we enter the room together, we compose instantly’, Dahl says. ‘We are playing composers. We are very close to the ability of creation. This recording is the essence of what creation is about in an improvisatory context.’

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Jens Søndergaard: Plays the Brubeck-Desmond Songbook

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Jens Søndergaard, who received the Ben Webster award in 2017, is one of the most important saxophonists in Danish Jazz. Perhaps a little overlooked because he has also had a career as a dentist, among other things for a number of the world's best Jazz musicians who have had their teeth fixed at Jens’ in Copenhagen for a lifetime. 

The good tune has always been important to Jens Søndergaard and therefore it is also natural that he just received the Ben Webster Award for his long and wonderful career. His duo collaboration with Kenny Werner stands as a milestone and as an example that Jens Søndergaard's sound on the alto saxophone also inspires American stars. 

Jens Søndergaard has always had a large and faithful audience. There is a good reason why he has always had a tightly packed calendar. The audience loves the warm radiance of Søndergaard and the beautiful and melodic play on the saxophone. 

Now he has recorded The Brubeck-Desmond songbook, which is a return to the music that has gotten so many into the Jazz. Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond are two of the most iconic composers in the history of Jazz. When you hear Jens Søndergaard interpret their repertoire with his regular quartet, it is difficult not to just sit back and enjoy how simple and elegant it can be done. But of course it must be like this when Ole Kock Hansen is involved as an organizer, no one can do better than him on our latitudes. Kock Hansen is a great organizer and an equally great pianist. 

If you listen, you can clearly hear that this is an even very mixed rhythm group with a steady Aage Tanggaard on drums and Swedish Lars Lundström on bass. It is performed with an elegance it shines through that none of the players need to prove anything. 

Jens Søndergaard Quartet - Plays The Songbook of Brubeck-Desmond is a contemporary proposition of something to the best classical Jazz that exists. Turn on the music and enjoy the mood on a carefree Saturday afternoon or Jazz around at midnight when most have settled down. 

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