Christian Vuust: Urban Hymn (2014)

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Christian Vuust: Urban Hymn
As the jazz capital of the world, New York holds a special fascination for musicians around the world. One of them, the Danish saxophonist Christian Vuust
Christian Vuust
Christian Vuust
b.1964
sax, tenor
, got the chance to fulfill his dream of living and working in the city and also recorded an album of his own music while he was there. The result is more than a souvenir from a musical tourist. It is a genuine artwork of sophisticated beauty where Vuust is able to hold his own in the company of some of the most prominent musicians on the local scene.

Vuust has frequently been collaborating with another Danish musician, guitarist Jakob Bro
Jakob Bro
Jakob Bro
b.1978
guitar
, and he shares Bro's love of rubato tone poems. This is evident on the aptly titled "Rubato NYC" where he slowly spins blue mournful lines through the lush laidback harmonies of pianist Aaron Parks
Aaron Parks
Aaron Parks
b.1983
piano
.

Parks, who entered the big league of pianists with the solo piano recital Arborescence (ECM, 2013), shows himself as superb and thoughtful accompanist, adding a string of melodic pearls on Vuust's composition "Helgenæs" where Ben Street
Ben Street
Ben Street

bass
's understated groove carries the composition and drummer Jeff Ballard
Jeff Ballard
Jeff Ballard
b.1963
drums
colors the music with percussion and bells.

Vuust himself makes the compositions sing with his soft and warm tone, reminiscent of fellow saxophonists Chris Cheek
Chris Cheek
Chris Cheek
b.1968
saxophone
and Stan Getz
Stan Getz
Stan Getz
1927 - 1991
sax, tenor
, but he has his own expression, influenced by Scandinavian folksongs and psalms.

While the music on Urban Hymn is dynamic, reflecting the restless pulse of the city, there's also a center of meditative calm. At heart, Vuust is a balladeer who makes flowers grow through concrete and the unique musicianship of his quartet and the work of engineer James Farber, who has captured the sound perfectly, underline that in every way Urban Hymn is a musical dream come true.

Track Listing: Helgenæs; Lærke; Urban Hymn; Rubato NYC; Fjer; Wedding Song; Biking The Big Apple; Tompkins Square Park; Summer Bygone.

Personnel: Christian Vuust: tenor saxophone; Aaron Parks: piano; Ben Street: bass; Jeff Ballard: drums.

Record Label: Self Produced


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