Home » Jazz Articles » Christian Vuust & Aaron Parks: Storytelling

6
Album Review

Christian Vuust & Aaron Parks: Storytelling

By

Sign in to view read count
Christian Vuust & Aaron Parks: Storytelling
"You're technically hip. But what is your story?" This quote from the famous saxophonist and storyteller Lester Young is used in the Danish saxophonist Christian Vuust's introduction to his album Storytelling. The context of the quote is Lester Young teaching a group of young musicians the importance of being able to tell a story with music.

This is a lesson that Vuust learned a long time ago and on this album, he shares some of his favorite musical stories: Danish songs, American standards and the deep longing of a Cuban ballad.

Joining him on this particular release is the empathic pianist Aaron Parks, who was also an important part of Vuust's album Urban Hymn (2014). Here, he once again lends his lyrical touch to an album that glows with soft-spoken intimacy and deep musical understanding. The reading of the lone Cuban ballad, "Eclipse," is the highlight of the set. It is the kind of interpretation where words would only make the song weaker, but the lyric is included in the lavish book that accompanies the album and it tells a story of a love affair gone wrong -so close to being fulfilled and yet so far away.

It is in this emotional space in-between loss and longing where Vuust and Parks play. They play the joy of life and the nostalgia of a life gone by. They play the songs of spring and the laments of winter.

These are all timeless songs. Some of them only known to a Danish audience, but here, they will hopefully find a new audience. All lyrics to the songs are translated into English in the accompanying book, but no translation is needed. The language of the heart is spoken in all countries around the world.

Track Listing

Månestrålen; Sænk kun dit hoved, du blomst; Foolin' Myself; Eclipse; The Man I Love; Man binder os på mund og hånd; En yndig og frydefuld sommertid; Vårvise; Ghost of Yesterday; Sig nærmer tiden, da jeg må væk; Gone with the Wind.

Personnel

Christian Vuust: saxophone; Aaron Parks: piano.

Album information

Title: Storytelling | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Self Produced


FOR THE LOVE OF JAZZ
Get the Jazz Near You newsletter All About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

WE NEED YOUR HELP
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.

Post a comment about this album

Tags

More

Freedom
Albare & Co.
Fire Hills
Olie Brice Trio / Octet
Far Horizons
Brian Auger and the Trinity

Popular

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and includes upcoming jazz events near you.