About the album
“The tenor saxophone is the sound of jazz. The soul of the music. Once Copenhagen had Ben Webster to blow that soul to life. Now we have Jan Harbeck.” Big words, but none the less, that is what one reviewer wrote about one of the popular tenor sax man’s many concerts.
Dark horse Jan Harbeck took us all by surprise when he won “Album Of The Year 2009” in Jazz Special’s poll as well as a nomination for “New Jazz Name” at the Danish Music Awards 2009. His evocative and swinging playing has made him many friends.
COPENHAGEN NOCTURNE, the new release from the award-winning jazz combo, features this powerful group in a selection of jazz standards, dancing ballads and classic, but rarely played, up-tempo songs. Timeless tunes in exquisite interpretations. The band’s sound unmistakably comes out of the jazz tradition, but with that special something that gives their music a personal twist – the original sound of standards played in 2011. The ballads are played as “walking ballads” – a notch quicker than usual and with a steady beat, which still yields plenty of space to solo and phrase freely.
Jan Harbeck’s natural authority, pianist Henrik Gunde’s relaxed musical excess, and bassist Eske Nørrelykke’s richly soft style all contribute to the group’s special sound, as does drummer Anders Holm’s ability to play softly with a formidable swing. He always uses well-worn heads to get as dark and full a sound as possible.
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