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Fonnesbaek & Kauflin: Synesthesia

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Young US pianist Justin Kauflin and Danish bassist Thomas Fonnesbaek share the neurological condition known as synesthesia, in which the senses become mixed. For the two musicians, this means experiencing sounds as colors with their minds' eyes. They met in jny: Copenhagen for the first time in 2015. Fonnesbaek recalls, “Besides being a meeting between Justin and myself, it was a meeting of cultures with many similarities and many inspiring differences that we could express through sound ...

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Thomas Fonnesbaek: Where We Belong

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Aficionados increasingly see Danish bassist Thomas Fonnesbaek as a successor to the late, great Nils-Henning Orsted Pedersen. He is heard here as part of a trio featuring Swedish pianist Lars Jansson, the format that established his reputation. The album consists primarily of Fonnesbaek's own compositions and others put together on the spot with the trio. There are two numbers from the Great American Songbook--Julie Styne's “Just In Time" and “Beautiful Love" a ballad by Victor Young.

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Sands Fonnesbæk Riel: Take One

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In October 2014 pianist Christian Sands, a protégé of Billy Taylor, known mainly for with his work with bassist Christian McBride's trio, played two nights to remember at Copenhagen's legendary jazz club Montmartre. The highlights are captured on this Storyville double album. Sands plays with (rather than is accompanied by) phenomenal local bassist Thomas Fonnesbæk, nowadays often compared to the legendary Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen. On drums and not getting too much of a look-in, solowise: Alex Riel. ...

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Thomas Fonnesbaek: Sound Of My Colors

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So what is the difference between “Thomas Fonnesbaek, featuring Lars Jansson and Paul Svanberg," the billing for this album, and the Lars Jansson Trio, which features Jansson on piano, Thomas Fonnesbaek on bass and Paul Svanberg on drums? Well, it's all to do with emphasis. Fonnesbaek wrote nine songs for this, his debut album as leader, and decided the groove for all 12 numbers. The result is a more rhythm- driven music than the trio's usual meditative ...