124

Uffe Steen / Adam Nussbaum / Lennart Ginman: Play

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
Guitarist Uffe Steen is one unmelancholy Dane. If that sounds like a left–handed compliment, well, he does play left–handed. And does he ever Play! Bluesy cascades of sound, single–note or chordal, fly off his fretboard like squadrons of worker bees beaming in on one’s verdant flower garden. This concert performance in Aarhus catches Steen’s trio (bassist Lennart Ginman, American drummer Adam Nussbaum) on a very good night (not that they have any bad ones, but there’s always that chance). There’s a lot of blues in Steen’s soul, and an abundance of rock as well (think Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and others of that stripe). Nussbaum, a natural powerhouse, nestles quite snugly into Steen’s generally emphatic groove, as he has played with bands of all kinds, from rock to straight–ahead to avant–garde, while Ginman is a team player who doesn’t turn down a chance to solo but seems perfectly happy in his more important role as navigator. Steen’s surname, we’re told in Cim Meyer’s liner notes, is Jensen, the most common name in Denmark, so he doesn’t bother to use it, as most Danes probably assume it’s Jensen anyway. But Steen or Jensen, he wields a mean Fender Telecaster, ripping through Gershwin’s “Summertime,” Miles Davis’ “Solar,” Nussbaum’s “BTU,” Ginman’s “So . . . How Is My Girlfriend,” four of his own compositions (“Mac–Riff,” “Time Machine,” “A Silent Moment in Corone,” the tasteful “Song for Alice”) and, last but not least, his soulful nod to Hendrix, “Spoonful.” The audience is enthusiastic, as well it should be, and while the album’s playing time is less than fifty minutes that shouldn’t discourage those who admire adventurous guitar picking in a harmonious trio setting.

Contact:Stunt Records, 29 W. Maple Avenue, Bellmawr, NJ 08031 (phone 856–931–6441; fax 856–931–6445. www.sundance.dk

Post a comment

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

All Without Words: Variations Inspired by Loren
John Daversa Jazz Orchestra Featuring Justin...
Global Entry
Gabriel Evan Orchestra
Live At The Club Polnischer Versager
Casserley / Illvibe / Morgan / Sjostrom
This Song Is New
Lorne Lofsky
Blue Lotus
The New Muse 4Tet
Garden Of Jewels
Ivo Perelman Trio
Virtual Birdland
Arturo O'Farrill

Popular

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.