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Morten Schantz

Morten Schantz is a pianist, composer and bandleader born 1980 in Aarhus, Denmark. He is a member and the founder of progressive art-rock-jazz band, JazzKamikaze, and also the leader of his own jazz trio. By 2014 he has released 8 albums, 4 solo albums and 4 with JazzKamikaze. Schantz has won several awards based on his work with JazzKamikaze as well as receiving two grammy nominations for his solo work, most recently as “Jazz Composer of the Year” for “Morten Schantz: Unicorn”. He made his debut as a recording artist with “Morten Schantz Segment” back in 2004, an album which especially received great attention in Japan

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Laura Jurd: Big Footprints

Read "Laura Jurd: Big Footprints" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Every few years a band appears that injects a welcome shot of adrenaline into the jazz mainstream, exciting media, promoters and fans alike--the Neil Cowley Trio, Phronesis, GoGo Penguin and Snarky Puppy all spring to mind. Dinosaur, an English quartet led by trumpeter Laura Jurd, is being widely tipped to create such waves on the strength ...

Godspeed

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Silence in the Tempest (Part I); Godspeed; Escape Velocity; Growing Sense; Martial Arts; Airglow; Ceasefire; Cathedral; Drill; Nuclear Fusion; Dark Matter; Silence in the Tempest (Part II).

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Penang Island Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Penang Island Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Ian Patterson

12 + 1 Penang Island Jazz Festival Bayview Beach Resort/Various Venues jny: Penang, Malaysia December 1-4, 2016 A tongue-in-cheek marketing ploy, or fear of inviting disaster? The Malaysians are doubtless no more or no less suspicious than folk in most places, but the organizers of the 12th + 1 Penang Island ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Morten Schantz: Godspeed

Read "Godspeed" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The three Scandinavian musicians featured on Godspeed are also members of the eclectic JazzKamikaze quintet. By 2014, Morten Schantz had released eight albums, four as a soloist and four with JazzKamikaze. Saxophonist Marius Neset has played alongside Django Bates and Anton Eger is also drummer with Phronesis. JazzKamikaze produces a fairly frenetic sound whereas Godspeed is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Morten Schantz: Godspeed

Read "Godspeed" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Old friendships are never forgotten, and sometimes they grow stronger as time goes by. This is also the case with musical friendships. Back in the days, in 2005 exactly, pianist and composer Morten Schantz played with saxophonist Marius Neset and drummer Anton Eger in the acclaimed group JazzKamikaze. They were full of youthful energy and to ...

Unicorn

Label: Calibrated
Released: 2014
Track listing: Unicorn; El Medina; Anzar; Bab Al Bahr; Chaouen; Rif; Abdeltef; Solomon’s Creek; We Found Love.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Morten Schantz: Unicorn

Read "Unicorn" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Danish pianist/composer Morten Schantz is probably best known as one fifth of JazzKamikaze, the globe-trotting band he formed in 2005 with Marius Neset, Kristor Brødsgaard, Daniel Heløy Davidsen and Anton Eger. That may be about to change, as the solo album Unicorn marks a significant wind change in Schantz's trajectory. Inspired writing and scintillating collective playing ...


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