by Glenn Astarita
Drummer Jeff Tain" Watts operates as an added accelerator on this sparkling trio jaunt led by Danish piano whiz Kasper Villaume. Sure enough, this is one of those vibrant and powerfully swinging engagements, spiced up by the musicians' buoyant gait and nicely-placed dynamics. Think of a hybrid Oscar Peterson-McCoy Tyner style: Villaume combines brawn and grace with flailing arpeggios and other enviable attributes. Garnishing the music with ample breathing room and excellent use of space, this trio covers quite a ...read more
by Rick Bruner
On #2, the Kasper Villaume Quartet stretches out on original tunes and offers fresh takes on standards. The leader, on piano, steers the band through a thoroughly enjoyable program that begins with the sprightly Bubbles. Tenor saxophonist Lars Moller has a steely, modern tone; bassist Jesper Bodilsen lays down a solid and resonant foundation; and drummer Morten Lund provides strong rhythm, color, and nuance.
They add a challenge to All The Things You Are by arranging it in 7/4 time. ...read more