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Daniel Herskedal: Voyage

Read "Voyage" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Though Norwegian tubist Daniel Herskedal first garnered widespread recognition with Neck of the Woods (Edition Records, 2012)—a sublime collection of folkloric-cum-hymnal meditations with Marius Neset--his unique talent had already won over the jurists at Getxo Jazz in 2004. Two solo albums on the NorCD label made minor ripples before Edition Records came along. Herskedal's next two Edition releases, Slow Eastbound Train (2015) and The Roc (2017) helped establish his credentials as a composer of hauntingly beautiful music of original design. ...

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Daniel Herskedal: Voyage

Read "Voyage" reviewed by Geno Thackara

You know what they say: nothing opens doors and wins people over like playing an instrument. It can make the most unlikely artist into a star. It may seem like rock guitarists or charismatic saxophone players get most of the attention, but learn to handle a tuba and it can really take you anywhere. Maybe people don't quite say it like that, but it's still proven true for Daniel Herskedal. Voyage continues a scintillating travelogue that follows on ...

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Daniel Herskedal: Voyage

Read "Voyage" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Daniel Herskedal's third release for Edition Records is no less intriguing than his first two, Slow Eastbound Train (2015) and The Roc (2017). It's tempting to summarise the album as “pastoral," but there's a lot more to it than that solitary adjective. Granted, tunes like “The Horizon" and “Molly Hunt's Seagulls" really are pastoral, dreamlike, and evocative of the nautical imagery central to the album's theme. But “Batten Down The Hatches," the opener, is no tranquil outing. Herskedal's ...

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Daniel Herskedal: The Roc

Read "The Roc" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Here we have a title that's both fitting and misleading. In Arabian mythology, a roc is a large and dangerous bird of prey capable of sinking ships and feeding on elephants. Daniel Herskedal offers a pan-Asian chamber-jazz travelogue through some exotic landscapes with his second solo release on Edition Records, but there's nothing intimidating about it. Instead The Roc is a vivid experience both adventurous and inviting.The folk roots of Herskedal's native Norway are certainly evident and there's ...

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Daniel Herskedal: The Roc

Read "The Roc" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The Roc is Norwegian tuba player Daniel Herskedal's follow-up album to his 2015 recording for Edition Records, Slow Eastbound Train which like its predecessor again features Eydolf Dale on piano and Helge Andreas Norbakken on percussion. However, that record also benefitted from the massive Trondheim Soloists chamber string orchestra. A pastoral beginning with “The Seeds Of Language" belies the nature of the ensuing tracks, things taking a more overtly oriental turn on the title track and beyond. Specifically, ...

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Daniel Herskedal: Slow Eastbound Train

Read "Slow Eastbound Train" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Sometimes, album titles tell all: sometimes they tell little or nothing. Slow Eastbound Train sits somewhere in between. Train? No obvious examples. Eastbound? Hmm. Slow? That pretty much describes the pace of much of the music on this album, by Norwegian musician and composer Daniel Herskedal. But none of these three words come close to describing the grace, inventiveness and beauty of this lovely recording. Herskedal plays tuba and bass trumpet, both with a fluidity and melodic strength ...

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Daniel Herskedal and Marius Neset: Neck Of The Woods

Read "Neck Of The Woods" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Saxophone and tuba duos have something in common with hens' teeth, so tubaist Daniel Herskedal and saxophonist Marius Neset's collaboration is already noteworthy for its pioneering spirit alone. Herskedal and Neset--former students of Copenhagen's Rhythmic Conservatory and band mates in pianist Django Bates StoRMChaser--have, however, crafted music so sublime that it's a wonder tubiasts and saxophonists aren't a dime-a-dozen. Drawing from the Norwegian folk tradition and classically influenced European church music, the result is a recording that has the haunting ...

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Daniel Herskedal and Marius Neset: Neck Of The Woods

Read "Neck Of The Woods" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Saxophonist Marius Neset and tubist Daniel Herskedal have crafted an unusual and fascinating debut album, combining their chosen instruments and occasionally, the human voice, to create some atmospheric and intriguing sound-worlds on Neck Of The Woods.Although both musicians are Norwegian, the pair met while studying at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, an institution that has played a major role in the development of contemporary jazz in Europe. Both men joined Django Bates' StoRMChaser and recorded with Bates, ...


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