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Soren Moller Bio Some jazz musicians do one thing well, but that one thing is all that they do. Not Soren Moller. Flexibility is the driving force that motivates this Danish-born pianist-composer to continually explore. Moller is as comfortable playing his original compositions in a duo or quartet configuration as he is interpreting the work of Miles Davis or Rachmaninoff in a trio format or leading a big band. Nor does Moller believe in surrounding himself solely with collaborators who share similar backgrounds and outlooks. Although he is from Copenhagen, Moller delights in working with musicians from locales as far-flung as Mexico, Zimbabwe, New Orleans, Scandinavia and China, in order to bring a global glow to the music he envisions. The result has quite often moved fans and critics alike. Moller’s recordings, including The Clouds Above (2009), A Tribute to Trane (2007), Playlist (2006) and Storytelling (2005) have all garnered praise, as have his heralded performances in Africa, Europe and New York City, where he has resided since 2002. Now, on Christian X Variations, Moller’s latest release on Audial Records, this forward-thinking artist has created his most ambitious work to date, incorporating instrumentation and concepts from both the jazz and classical milieus

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Thomas Albæk Jakobsen's Flux: Voyager

Read "Voyager" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Tranquil tidings, flowing gestures, sweeping statements, curious encounters, and triumphant displays are all incorporated into the music of Danish drummer Thomas Albæk Jakobsen's FLUX. For the band's second album, following Relationships (Self Produced, 2013), Jakobsen sought to highlight the group's development during the two year span between records. That aspect of the work is something that ...

Soren Moller

Label: Audial Records
Released: 2012

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kenneth Dahl Knudsen: Clockstopper

Read "Clockstopper" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Not much is known about Danish bassist Kenneth Dahl Knudsen, even his own website reveals little about his personal story, only that he has won several awards, including being voted “Jazz musician of 2010 in northern Denmark," has been fortunate to have performed the music he loves for most of his life and claims inspiration from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Henry Cole and the Afro Beat Collective: Roots Before Branches

Read "Roots Before Branches" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

As a rising jazz drummer in today's environment, Henry Cole's percussive sound has emerged in works with seminal artists such as Miguel Zenón, David Sánchez, and the Le Boeuf Brothers. Like his peers, Cole is challenging old ideas and channeling new concepts into the mix. The debut of Roots Before Branches , with his Afro-Beat Collective, ...

Christian X Variations

Label: Audial Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Nonet I; Kvartet I; Nonet II; Kvartet II; Nonet III.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2011

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2011" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Another year is in the books, but the music created and/or released during these twelve months is still around, continuing to serve as a reminder of jazz's majesty. While some continue to complain that jazz is stagnant or at death's door, the finest albums released in 2011 say otherwise. I had the distinct pleasure of reviewing ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Soren Moller: Christian X Variations

Read "Christian X Variations" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Quasi-historians suggest that the story, in which Christian X, King of Denmark dictated that all Danes, including himself, would wear the Star of David as a symbol of solidarity with his Jewish subjects, if the Nazis forced the Danish Jews to do so, is apocryphal. The profound nature of the King's support for his Jewish subjects ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Soren Moller: Christian X Variations

Read "Christian X Variations" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Making a special social statement with his music, Danish-born pianist Soren Moller honors the memory of Danish King Christian X who, during World War II, protected his country's Jews from discrimination and deportation by the Nazis. The effort to protect and unite fellow countrymen served as the inspiration for the compositions on Christian X Variations.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Soren Moller: Christian X Variations

Read "Christian X Variations" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While Danish-born pianist Soren Moller and American saxophonist Dick Oatts--of Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz orchestra fame--have had an ongoing partnership on record, the seeds of this union have finally reached full bloom with Christian X Variations. The music on this recording, written to honor the Danish King who made significant efforts to protect Jews from deportation ...


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