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by Gareth Thompson
Two hands, one black and one white, hold aloft a heart-shaped map of the world. It might not be subtle, but the artwork adorning this album speaks volumes for it. Martin Lutz is an eclectic Danish composer with a global outlook and a compassionate ethic. He believes in love, empathy and the power of collective action. Try stating an argument against all that. For this group outing, Lutz the pianist takes something of a backseat. Instead his backing ...read more
by John Barron
On Where Are the Trumpets?, Danish pianist/composer Martin Lutz leads his energetic sextet through an invigorating set of contemporary jazz laced with the sounds of Americana. The disc's ten tracks, all composed by Lutz, are cleverly arranged for the woodwind front-line of Jacob Rose, Jakob Skov and Mads Ole. Bassist Lars Johnsen, drummer Ricco Kjaer and special guest Paolo Russo on bandoneón add to the disc's rich textural blanket of sound. Although there is plenty of improvised blowing from each ...read more