New project from jazz bassist and household name on the Danish jazz stage, Thomas Fonnesbæk, with American composer and pianist prodigy, Justin Kauflin.
Thomas Fonnesbæk: Double bass
Justin Kauflin: Piano
Fonnesbæk is as inventive as ever here, but less busy, and Kauflin relaxes as well. It’s a fine ending to a simply extraordinary album, one you’ll listen to again and again.
Lynn René Bayley, The Art Music Lounge
It’s a rather untraditional jazz album in the sense that the bass takes the lead with only a piano as support. Nevertheless, the collaboration between just two instruments doesn’t lack any support, and rather Fonnesbæk & Kauflin create an ambience for thoughtfulness and sensitivity in a aerial soundscape that lets you appreciate every small detail.
Republic Of Jazz
Det er hele veien en lekenhet over spillet, som fascinerer, og selv om de to ikke spiller sammen til daglig, så kan det ofte høres ut som dette samarbeidet har pågått i mange år. Det tyder på at vi møter to musikere som kan sitt fag, og som har store ører og en evne til kommunikasjon, som man slett ikke møter i alle slike samarbeid.
Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts
Pianist Justin Kauflin creates a series of empathetic duets with bassist Thomas Fonnesbaek on this mix of originals and intriguing standards.
George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly
Young US pianist Justin Kauflin and Danish bassist Thomas Fonnesbaek share the neurological condition known as synesthesia, in which the senses become mixed. For the two musicians, this means experiencing sounds as colors with their minds' eyes.
Chris Mosey, All About Jazz
Throughout the album I’m astonished by Kauflins mastery of the grand piano and his ability to make it sing and by Fonnesbæks amazing ability to never let his outstanding technical level overshadow the most substantial element of the project – the playful music.
Niels Christensen, Jazz Special
The whole set, then, almost seems like an unwinding, starting from a point of greatest tension (musically speaking) and arriving at a point of relaxation. Fonnesbæk is as inventive as ever here, but less busy, and Kauflin relaxes as well. It's a fine ending to a simply extraordinairy album, one you'll listen to again and again.
Lynn Rene Bayley, Jazz in Europe