Kristian Borring

Kristian Borring

Musicians | Instrument: Guitar, electric | Location: London

A guitarist of enormous technical ability who utilizes his considerable gifts thoughtfully and tastefully, a highly accomplished guitarist and composer.

—Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann

Updated: August 23, 2022

Born: June 6, 1977

After establishing himself early on as a “rising star” (Time Out, London) when moving to the British capital from Amsterdam, Kristian has cemented his name as a melodic contemporary jazz artist, who can be a leader and sideman alike. The objective of his music is story telling as shown on numerous albums with his quartet as well as in co-led projects. He is currently preparing further releases of new material with his quartet and a more eclectic solo project…

In the Summer of 2019 Kristian co-released “Make Your Stand” with Acrobat, the British/Scandinavian “cool-grooving organ trio” (AP Reviews), featuring also Will Bartlett (org) and Pat Davey (d). Acrobat’s 2nd album was recorded at Steve Winwood’s legendary Cotswolds studio. The release was followed by a European tour in early 2020, starting out at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London, and finishing 20 days later in Freiburg, Germany.

In 2018 Kristian released his first live album, recorded at the renowed venue Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston, London. Adrian Pallant from AP Reviews wrote about this album: “A COOL, LUMINOUS BREEZE once again permeates the classy grooves of Danish guitarist Kristian Borring’s original music… The guitarist’s clear improvisatory journeyings, as always, catch the attention.” A three weeks tour of the UK and Spain followed featuring the line-up from the album; Rick Simpson (p), Dave Whitford (b) and Jon Scott (d).

Kristian’s third album Silent Storm was released July 2016, recorded on a dark Autumn’s day at Curtis Schwartz Studio straight off the back of his quartet’s tour around England finishing in Bristol. The writing on this album is colourful and stylistically diverse, and is concentrated exclusively around his accomplished quartet, putting the sounds of guitar and piano backed by a strong and emphatic rhythm section in the centre of the recording. The Danish Jazz Magazine, Jazz Special, described the result as “…hard swing, lively post bop and mellow Nordic melancholy to edgy jazz-rock fusion is delivered with great force and a controlled ferocity which suits the quartet well.” The group, which featured the inspiring efforts of Arthur Lea (p), Mick Coady (b) and Jon Scott, had been playing together since 2009: “This feels like a ‘proper’ working band throughout, with a flexible and intelligent rapport honed by several years of playing together.” (The Jazz Mann). The synchronicity of the band and the level of the music was noted by Peter Jones at London Jazz News: “This is confident, sophisticated work at every level – composition, arrangement, execution – and a pleasure to listen to throughout.” The Silent Storm tour to follow of England, Wales and Denmark was supported by Arts Council England.

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intense and cool playing
– Jazz Special

Borring plays with a contemporary edge whilst never losing his firm grip on the jazz guitar lexicon… a masterful exposition of jazz guitar and the small jazz combo
– Bebop Spoken Here

strong rhythmic urgency…a lot of discipline and a compelling drive to the playing
– Marlbank

[KB Quartet] swing like the well-established unit they are, sounding slick and hip, but melodic throughout; despite their modernity, they play with one foot anchored in the jazz tradition
– London Jazz News

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