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We met up with Morten Haxholm to a talk about his quartet, his compositions and what happens on stage when these musicians join forces.
Currently residing in Copenhagen, Morten Haxholm graduated with a master’s degree from the Carl Nielsen Academy in 2009 and have just finished his studies at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. He has played with many great musicians and singers from around the world and his quartet is consists of some very talented players:
Jonathan Kreisberg (g):
From New York City, Jonathan Kreisberg has played guitar and jazz from an early age, winning a scholarship at the University of Miami and going on to tour with renowned players such as Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker and Red Rodney.
Ari Hoenig (dr):
A highly accomplished drummer, Ari Hoenig has performed with people such as Jean-Michel Pilc, Kenny Werner and Herbie Hancock.
On the debut album Equilibrium: Saxophonist Frederick Menzies who was the winner of Young Jazz 2006.
And on the latest album: Nicolaj Hess (p):
The Danish pianist, who have played with Caroline Henderson, Hess is more, Etta Cameron, Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, Tony Scherr, Kenny Wollesen, Fela Kuti, Greg Hutchinson, Chris Cheek & Hal Willner.
The quartet’s first album Equilibrium with the quartet consisting of Morten Haxholm (b), Jonathan Kreisberg (g), Ari Hoenig (dr) and Fredrick Menzies (ts) was released on Storyville Records in 2013. It received high acclaim and went on to being nominated for best danish jazz album in Jazz Special.
The quartet have just released their new album Quintessence of Dust, where instead of Frederick Menzies, Nikolaj Hess is playing the piano.
The music is Night and Day recorded live at Amagerbro Jazz, Copenhagen.
This interview was shot at the music store Musik Mick on Amagerbrogade 6, Amager, Copenhagen.