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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Album review; Katherine Windfeld Big Band - Orca

I could write this review in one sentence - "Simply the best contemporary big band I've heard this year."

I can feel the quizzical eyebrows being raised, the sceptical glances being exchanged, the shaking of heads and fingers being tapped against the side of those same heads when they've stopped shaking.

However, the doubters will no longer be doubting once they've listened - it really is that good.

The theme is about the sea which isn't surprising as Denmark, where Katherine was born has the longest coastline in relation to its size in the world and, as such, it has always held a deep - no pun intended - fascination for her which shows in her writing. The turbulence and the tranquility of Neptune's kingdom is painted in an amazing splash of musical colour. On one track, Dark Navy, I was literally terrified by the sound. It was absolutely frightening - you know the feeling you get in a movie when the killer is about to strike? Well it had the same effect on me without any visual aid.

Such is the power of the writing, and the sea that inspired it helped along by the sinister wailing of Magnus Thulund's alto - I've still got goose pimples! 

Yes the writing is something else but so is Windfeld's piano and the host of other soloists who build on the complex but compelling scores.

Recommended unequivocally!

Lance

Undertow; The Lifting; Orca; Dark Navy; Harvest; Fish; Ferry; Seaweed.

André Bak, Rolf  Thoft Løkke, Magnes Oseth (No), Maj Berit Guassor (trumpets); Göran Abelli (Se), Mikkel Vig Aagaard, Anders Larson (Se), André Jenson (trombones); Jakob Luundbak, Magnus Thuelund (alto sax); Roald Elm Larsen, Ida Karlsson (Se) (tenor sax); Aske Drasbæk (bari sax/bass clt) Gabor Bolia (Hu) (tenor sax on tks 2 & 7); Katherine Windfeld (piano); Victor Sandström (Se) (guitar); Johannes Vaht (Se) (bass); Henrik Holst Hansen (drums).

All musicians are from Denmark unless otherwise stated: No = Norway, Se = Sweden, Hu = Hungary.

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