Solborg

4+4+1

Mark Solborg – Guitar
Anders Banke – tenor saxophone/clarinet/bassclarinet
Jeppe Skovbakke – Bass
Bjørn Heebøl – Drums
Gunnar Halle – Trumpet
Laura Toxværd – Alto saxophone
Torben Snekkestad – Tenor & soprano saxophone/clarinet
Jakob Munch – Tuba &trombone
Chris Speed – Tenor saxophone & clarinet

A tour de force from the musical frontline carried by a fabulous rhythm-section performing new contemporary music with an edge.

The project holds Solborgs compositional ideas for a large hand-picked ensemble with strong international individualists given a great amount of freedom within a composed framework.

Texture and melody, transparency and warmth, composed and improvised are keywords. It’s about mutual intuitive understanding, musical equilibrium and a certain collective approach to joining complex, intricate writing, strong melodies and free organic interplay.

During Copenhagen Jazzfestival 2010 the group, featuring the American saxophone-player Chris Speed, performed and recorded these 5 new pieces written for the occasion by Solborg.

Django Bates wrote in London Jazz:
“What an impressive line-up. They are all virtuosi; they are all individuals.”

With his unique and utterly compelling approach to melody and phrasing Speed is a major voice of his time. Together with Jim Black, Tim Berne, Michael Formanek, Cuong Vu, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dave Douglas a.o. he has taken part in the formation of a new, comtemporary language within jazz and improvised music.