(Smooth Jazz) Jan Harbeck Quartet - Variations in Blue - 2014, MP3, 320

(Smooth Jazz) Jan Harbeck Quartet - Variations in Blue - 2014, MP3, 320
Jan Harbeck Quartet / Variations in Blue
Жанр: Smooth Jazz Год издания: 2014 Аудиокодек: MP3Тип рипа: tracksБитрейт аудио: 320 kbpsПродолжительность: 00:48:28 Наличие сканов в содержимом раздачи: нет
01. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo 02. Nordic Echoes 03. Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin' 04. Salvation 05. Blues in the Night 06. Oblivion 07. Third Time to Tango
08. May Each Day
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New album CD/LP released October 2014 on Stunt Records "Jan Harbeck Quartet feat. Walter Smith III - Variations in Blue"
"Jan Harbeck Quartet - In the Still of the Night" won the prize "Best Danish Jazz Record", and the group has also released the album "Copenhagen Nocturne". Both CD's has been among the best selling Danish jazz recordings in recent years.
Jan Harbeck has received the honorable Bent Jaedig Prize 2011 and he was nominated New Danish jazz act at Danish Music Awards.
For 39 year-old Jan Harbeck's third release for Stunt Records, the Danish tenor saxophonist chose a selection of classic standards combined with a couple of new original tunes to create an integrated atmosphere - a mood record with its own special intensity and presence. He spent three years finding the exact right tunes and wound up with compositions of melodic simplicity that leave space for the interpreter to dig into the basic core of the music without forfeiting dramatic aspects.
Back in 1967 tenor saxophonists Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Paul Gonsalves recorded a now almost forgotten LP called LOVE CALLS. The warm and unpretentious approach on that album was an inspiration in the making of VARIATIONS IN BLUE. As on the Davis/Gonsalves LP, VARIATIONS IN BLUE features none of the two-part horn arrangements, unison passages or lightning tenor battles, which are so common when sax colleagues record together. Jan Harbeck and Walther Smith III take turns presenting themes - one interprets the A-part leaving the B-part to the other, and the solos are often intertwined creating one sound.
Another - perhaps more surprising - inspiration for the album was Bach's Goldberg Variations: on Andras Schiff's 1982 recording for Decca, the piano great creates one long mood development throughout the hour-long duration of the work. It was Jan Harbeck's intention to give VARIATIONS IN BLUE a similar presence and warmth with nuances and variations weaving a blue thread through the album.
To bring these ideas to life - two tenors plus rhythm section in close interplay with reflections and echoes - it was important to find the right tenor saxophonist to share the front, and with his personal, warm, subdued but also extremely effective and modern approach to his instrument, Walter Smith III was the perfect choice. New York Times has described this shooting star as "fabulous". While leading his own groups, he is among other also a member of trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire's band.
Jan Harbeck swears by the great tradition of the swing era but renews it with his own original touch. He is more than a big-toned, old school swing tenor.
The two tenors work beautifully together. With respect for the history and material, they have created a soulful remake of the classic jazz sound. However, VARIATIONS IN BLUE is not merely a tribute to jazz of old, it bridges inspirations from earlier to modern jazz. Only two mature musical personas with mutual respect can make time stand still tenderly and lead the past into the future in such a natural way. Their musicianship is unpretentious and supple, and above all full of love.
Henrik Gunde on piano, Eske Noerrelykke on bass and Anders Holm on drums, have been the regular rhythm section in Jan Harbeck's popular quartet for years. Their first album, IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT, received a Danish Grammy for Best Jazz Release. The album and its successor COPEHAGEN NOCTURNE are among the best selling Danish jazz albums in recent years, and the quartet is a popular Danish live attraction, touring extensively here and across Europe.
On stage, the Jan Harbeck Quartet prefers to play unamplified whenever possible. To sustain the intimate atmosphere from their many concerts, the music on VARIATIONS IN BLUE was recorded in the same room without separation between the instruments. When presence and a natural sound are given top priority, one must forego the option of subsequent editing. On VARIATIONS IN BLUE nothing has been cut out or corrected.
Jan Harbeck Quartet - Jan Harbeck: tenor sax, Henrik Gunde: piano, Eske Noerrelykke: bass, Anders Holm: drums.

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