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Friday, May 29, 2020

Album Review: Niels Lan Doky: River of Time

Niels Lan Doky (piano); Tobias Dall; (bass); Niclas Bardeleben (drums).

A Danish trio  led by a very prolific pianist - if led is the correct term to use when the three musicians are of such comparable standing - playing Doky's original compositions.

After building a career in Denmark, Doky moved to NYC in 1980 and forged a career playing with just about anyone who was anyone. The blurb lists 60 of the biggest hitters of the past 40 years finishing off with "...and many more". By which you'll gathered he's been accepted!


And, listening to this album, so he should be! The standard of jazz piano playing worldwide has become phenomenally high and Doky, like our own Paul Edis, is more than just a contender.

His fellow Danes are also great (Great Danes - get it?) with Dall perhaps ready to step into the shoes of the man whom many rate as the greatest double bassist of them all, the late Niels-Henning Ørsted Pederson who, coincidentally played a big part in getting his fellow Dane, Doky, known around the New York jazz scene. 

Bardeleben is no less a force on drums and they come together as one - Check it out, it's released today (May 29) but don't expect to learn too much from the album notes - they're written in silver on a grey background! Who thinks up these designs? Still, in this case, the music speaks for itself.
Lance

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