All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

143

Kristian Borring: Nausicaa

Bruce Lindsay By

Sign in to view read count
Nausicaa is the debut album from London-based Danish guitarist Kristian Borring. It's an assured and confident debut, demonstrating Borring's talents as a composer and player. There are some complex time signatures on display, but they're never overdone and the music remains accessible from the get-go.

Borring studied guitar in Holland and in London, gaining a Masters degree from the Guildhall School of Music in 2006. Since then, he's worked with a diverse range of European jazz musicians including saxophonists Tim Garland and Bobby Wellins, bassist Jasper Høiby, a fellow Dane, and vocalists Monika Lidke and Christine Tobin.

It's notable that many of Borring's past musical partners are strongly melodic performers, for this is also one of the guitarist's strengths. He's a melodic, precise player with a rounded, open, tone—akin to Irish guitarist Mark McKnight—and his compositions also focus strongly on melody. Pianist Arthur Lea shares this focus and proves himself to be an excellent interpreter of Borring's tunes. Bassist Spencer Brown and drummer Jon Scott are sympathetic rhythm players but they are also capable of more assertive playing, giving the music an added edge that ensures it doesn't become too gentle or laidback. The two are particularly effective on "The Famous G," laying down an infectious groove underneath Borring's flowing lines.

Saxophonist Will Vinson—born in London but now based in New York—joins the quartet on three tunes, his punchy but fluid alto beefing up the sound on the swinging "Clapton Cowboys" and delivering some nifty unison lines with Borring on the bop-ish "Last Whistle." On the gentle "Nausicaa," he captures the mood of the piece with a more plaintive and reflective approach.

The album closes with "Nausicaa—reprise." It's a short piano and guitar duet that emphasizes the melody's inherent sadness: a lovely if somewhat downbeat ending to Borring's impressive first release.

Track Listing: Below Sea Level; The Famous G; Last Whistle; Invisible Lady; Nausicaa; Lucinda's Dream; Clapton Cowboys; Nausicaa--reprise.

Personnel: Kristian Borring: guitar; Arthur Lea: piano, Fender Rhodes; Spencer Brown: double bass; Jon Scott; drums; Will Vinson: alto saxophone (3, 5, 7).

Title: Nausicaa | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Ultra Sound Records

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Urban Novel

Urban Novel

Jellymould Jazz
2014

buy
Nausicaa

Nausicaa

Ultra Sound Records
2011

buy

Related Articles

Read Ellipse CD/LP/Track Review
Ellipse
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 23, 2018
Read While We Still Have Bodies CD/LP/Track Review
While We Still Have Bodies
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 23, 2018
Read Ghost Town Blues Band CD/LP/Track Review
Ghost Town Blues Band
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 23, 2018
Read Toot Suite CD/LP/Track Review
Toot Suite
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: February 23, 2018
Read Love + Time + Divination CD/LP/Track Review
Love + Time + Divination
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2018
Read Gleb Kolyadin CD/LP/Track Review
Gleb Kolyadin
by Geno Thackara
Published: February 22, 2018
Read "Kind Of New 2: Blue Is Paris" CD/LP/Track Review Kind Of New 2: Blue Is Paris
by Jeff Winbush
Published: August 3, 2017
Read "Triple Double" CD/LP/Track Review Triple Double
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 14, 2017
Read "Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House" CD/LP/Track Review Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 21, 2018
Read "Quiet Life" CD/LP/Track Review Quiet Life
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 5, 2017
Read "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" CD/LP/Track Review Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven
by Doug Collette
Published: December 9, 2017
Read "Stage 'N Studio" CD/LP/Track Review Stage 'N Studio
by Jerome Wilson
Published: August 8, 2017