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.’
Jacob Artved is the youngest of a very talented new generation of Danish jazz guitar players.
At the age of 20 he has already been a working musician for years, being introduced on the scene by Danish guitar legend Jacob Fischer at the age of 15. He was admitted to the Royal Academy of Music as the youngest student ever, but chose to drop out, move to New York and spent the long nights jamming instead.
On Friday February 7th Jacob Artved and his Quartet featuring Louis Hayes will release the first single entitled Nelia from the forthcoming album Live from Montmartre.
Jacob Artved Feat. Louis Hayes – Live from Montmartre is out on Feb. 21st.
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The story of Glostrup Trioen is about three boys, Torben Kjær, Henrik Dhyrbye & Ole Streenberg from Glostrup (a suburb to Copenhagen) who at the age of 12 began to play jazz and who today in their mid sixties are still playing with the same intuition which a long life with music as a pivoting point has given them. Three boys who in spite of different musical careers still manage to find a common sound. Glostrup Trioen has through their career played with great musicians such as Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Stuff Smith, Brew Moore, Bud Powell, Idrees Sulieman, NHØP, Kenny Drew, Palle Mikkelborg, Bent Jædig, Per Carsten and many more.
SPIRIT is a musical palette presented by a trio with their roots back in the 1960’ies. It is also a spiritual journey into a kind of music, which has become timeless. An array of tones from Swedish folk music, American musicals, French existentialism, Italian pop and the music, which Duke Ellington named American Music, in short: jazz. On its journey the trio is accompanied by the singer Alice Carreri and the tenor sax player Tomas Franck.
Release date: April 23. 2015.
Get the album here: http://bit.ly/SpiritAlbum
”I had never thought that this September Parisian night would be released and scrutinized, but honestly I think it is the best music I’ve ever recorded!” said Asmussen when he was interviewed about the new release.
‘Embraceable’ was recorded in Paris 1985 and now 30 years later Asmussen has found this recording in his home and is now released on the occasion of his 99th birthday the 28th of February.
In a tiny club in Paris with 26 guests he played a set with ’Singin’ in the Rain’ as his first tune. He played with three musicians he had never played with before and there was no rehearsal, only a few notes scribbled down. Just as they were about to play the radio man casually told them the concert would be broadcasted live on French radio and that Asmussen should present the set in French. This performance turned into Asmussen’s favourite recording as he enjoys the atmosphere and the spontaneity of this live recording.
Get the album here: http://bit.ly/embraceable