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Daniel Herskedal: Call For Winter

Read "Call For Winter" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Everyone has to go home sometime. Daniel Herskedal and his tuba have covered a good many miles both figurative and literal over the course of seven albums, particularly with the travel-themed triptych of Slow Eastbound Train (2015), The Roc (2017) and Voyage (2019) that preceded this recording. Where each of those had its own small cast and geographical settings, Call for Winter is the sound of the artist returning home and settling down in solitude. That expression isn't ...

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Daniel Herskedal: Call For Winter

Read "Call For Winter" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Tubaist Daniel Herskedal is on a roll. In 2019, shortly after the release of Voyage (Edition Records), he picked up a Norwegian Grammy as part of Marja Mortensson's trio for the outstanding Mojhtestasse (Vuelie, 2018). This was followed by the soundtrack on the closing credits of Joe Talbot's award-winning film Last Blackman in San Francisco (2019). Towards year's end there was another stunning collaboration with Mortensson, the duo album Lååje--Dawn (Vuelie), a loving homage to Norway's nature. Call For Winter, ...

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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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