Contemporary Jazz in Denmark: Different Sounds, Different Scenes
How to get started with New Danish Jazz. Fourteen Suggestions for further Listening:
- Jakob Bro, Pearl River (Loveland Records 2007). The young guitarist delivers his first masterpiece. Sidemen include Paul Motian, Mark Turner & Chris Cheek.
- Søren Kjærgaard – Ben Street – Andrew Cyrille, Optics (ILK 2008). Søren Kjærgaard's Optics is a study in movement and sound. Echoes of Andrew Hill and Cecil Taylor permeates throughout this bold, adventurous release.
- Jacob Anderskov, På dansk (ILK 2006). Anderskov interprets Danish folklore in a convincing manner. Look out for his other releases too!
- Sinne Eeg, Waiting for Dawn (Calibrated 2007). A female jazz singer with international potential steps out into the limelight.
- Jonas Westergaard, Helgoland (Stunt 2008). Westergaard is a much sought-after sideman but on this ambitious release he plays his own challenging compositions and gets help from some of the finest musicians on the scene.
- Yak, Yak Værk (Loco 2006). High energy and lots of noise from Yak, a typical example of the wild Loco sound.
- Sound of Choice, Rugby in Japan (Quark Records 2006). Hasse Poulsen is the Danish Derek Bailey and continues to push the boundaries for his own music.
- Carsten Dahl, Solo Piano (Stunt 2003). Three albums worth of solo material from Carsten Dahl, a very original player with a poetic touch - not unlike Keith Jarrett.
- Paul Bley & Kresten Osgood, Florida (ILK 2007). A meeting between the master and his disciple on this lovely release.
- Jakob Buchanan Sextet, I (Long Life Records 2006). Promising trumpeter delivers the goods on this album that features the talent of Chris Speed
- Blood Sweat Drum 'N' Bass Big Band, Live Sessions with Arve Henriksen & Studio Recordings (Calibrated 2007). Interesting mix of big band jazz and electronic soundscapes
- Stefan Pasborg, Triplepoint (ILK 2007) . Highly ambitious outing from masterful drummer. Three cds of constantly inventive music.
- Saft, Thirteen (KakoFone 2008). Hear the sound of Danish jazz tomorrow today. Abstract grooves, free form chaos and lyrical beauty from the very young trio, Saft.
- Kasper Villaume Quartet, #2 (Stunt 2003). Superb mainstream from pianist Villaume and his outstanding quartet.