SPACEMONKEY - The Karman Line

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Jazz/Jazzrock/Fusion | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 162 / 7-8-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 8/10 | Label: Hubro | Autor: WK

The Norwegian pianist and keyboarder Morten Qvenild has played his way more and more into the forefront of European jazz in recent years, first with his own trio In The Country, most recently alongside Nils Petter Molvaer. With his new duo SpaceMonkey, which he runs with drummer Gard Nilssen, he is now taking the next logical step. Similar to the late Esbjörn Svensson, he varies between pianissimo and electrical interference, between chamber music hall and pinball machine. You can get lost in the hypnotic sound jungle of the duo, but you have to be awake from ambush at every moment of a barrage fire. The title "Digital Cigarettes" is strikingly reminiscent of Herbie Hancock's classic "Sextant", while elsewhere the space monkey is closer to The Orb. Another project that illustrates the blinker-free experimental spirit of Norwegian jazz.

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