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True North

Morten Ramsbøl

True North

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917346923
Catnr: CR 73469
Release date: 11 January 2019
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Label
Challenge Records
UPC
0608917346923
Catalogue number
CR 73469
Release date
11 January 2019

""True North" is a very varied album. You hear pure jazz pieces on which the saxophone dominates, compositions in a small line-up and songs that are supplemented with strings."

Jazzenzo, 27-3-2019
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About the album

Morten Ramsbøl:
"Returning to my home in Denmark in the summer of 2017 inspired me to write new music that would feature some of my favorite musicians and a string quartet. Each morning for two weeks I sat at my piano without an agenda, expectations or plan, apart from allowing myself to "receive" whatever would come to me and document it on my phone.

After a few months I sent some finished melodies, chords and sketches to my friend, Austrian drummer, composer and band leader, Reini Schmölzer, whom I met in 2013 when I started working as professor for double bass at the Kunst Uni Graz, Austria. Reini was given the freedom to arrange, orchestrate, interpret my music and write for the string quartet.

In May 2018, Julian Argüelles, Jacob Karlzon, Reini Schmölzer and myself plus the Igmar Jenner String Quartet met for the first time as a band, rehearsed one day, played a concert in Graz and went to Italy the next morning to record the music.
The freshness and vitality can be heard on the recording and I humbly feel that the stars were aligned in our favor.”
Morten Ramsbøl:
„Meine Rückkehr in mein Haus in Dänemark im Sommer 2017 inspirierte mich, Musik zu schreiben, an der einige meiner liebsten Musiker und ein Streichquartett mitwirken. Zwei Wochen lang setzte ich mich jeden Morgen ans Klavier, ganz ohne Plan oder Erwartungen, außer der, mit zu erlauben zu „empfangen” was immer mit in den Kopf kommen würde, und es mit meinem Mobiltelefon festzuhalten.

Nach ein paar Monaten schickte ich einige fertige Melodien, Akkorde und Skizzen an meinen Freund, den österreichischen Drummer, Komponisten und Bandleader Reini Schmölzer, den ich 2013 kennengelernt hatte, als ich meine Stelle als Professor für Kontrabass an der Kunstuniversität Graz antrat. Reini hatte Freiheit, meine Musik zu arrangieren, orchestrieren und interpretieren, und für Streichquartett zu schreiben.

Im Mai 2018 trafen Julian Argüelles, Jacob Karlzon, Reini Schmölzer und ich sowie das Ingmar Jenner Streichquartett uns zum ersten Mal als Band, probten einen Tag lang, spielten ein Konzert in Graz und fuhren am nächsten Morgen nach Italien, um die Musik aufzunehmen. Die Frische und Lebendigkeit kann man in der Aufnahme hören, und ich habe das Gefühl, dass uns die Sterne günstig standen.“

Artist(s)

Morten Ramsbøl (double bass)

Born 1970 in Aarhus, Denmark.  Professor of Jazz Double Bass, Kunst Uni Graz, Austria  Morten has a BA teaching degree from the Royal Academy Of Music in Aarhus and a Pedagogical Diploma degree.  He has since 1998 played, toured and recorded with stellar artists such as Sinne Eeg, Niels Lan Doky, The Aarhus Jazz Orchestra, Kurt Elling, John Scofield, Claire Martin, Benny Golson, Kristian Leth, Kenneth Knudsen, Renato Chicco, Randy Brecker, Ulf Wakenius, Lars Jansson, Morten Lund , Adam Nussbaum, Peter Erskine, Bill Stewart, Peter Bernstein, Joey Baron, Jeff Ballard, Hans Ulrik, Veronica Mortensen,  Jesper Thilo, Mulgrew Miller, Antonio Sanchez, Joe Lovano, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Didier Lockwood, Jim Rotondi, Dena DeRose, Herwig Gradischnig, Karlheinz Miklin, Jacob Karlzon, Julian Argüelles and many more. Morten...
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Born 1970 in Aarhus, Denmark. Professor of Jazz Double Bass, Kunst Uni Graz, Austria Morten has a BA teaching degree from the Royal Academy Of Music in Aarhus and a Pedagogical Diploma degree. He has since 1998 played, toured and recorded with stellar artists such as Sinne Eeg, Niels Lan Doky, The Aarhus Jazz Orchestra, Kurt Elling, John Scofield, Claire Martin, Benny Golson, Kristian Leth, Kenneth Knudsen, Renato Chicco, Randy Brecker, Ulf Wakenius, Lars Jansson, Morten Lund , Adam Nussbaum, Peter Erskine, Bill Stewart, Peter Bernstein, Joey Baron, Jeff Ballard, Hans Ulrik, Veronica Mortensen, Jesper Thilo, Mulgrew Miller, Antonio Sanchez, Joe Lovano, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Didier Lockwood, Jim Rotondi, Dena DeRose, Herwig Gradischnig, Karlheinz Miklin, Jacob Karlzon, Julian Argüelles and many more.
Morten has composed music for television, commission work and numerous tours / projects. His first album “Short Stay feat. Joey Baron” (Music Mecca, 2002) and secondly the first album with all original compositions “Same Story, Different Place” (Gateway Music, 2014) and thirdly “How Far Is The Moon” (Natango Music, 2016) have been praised in and outside of Denmark being called “a timeless master piece”. His latest album “TRUE NORTH” (Challenge Records, 2019) once again showcase new compositions by Morten in a stellar lineup with some of the finest jazz musicians in Europe: “Several listenings to this music, only solidify the obvious, that Morten Ramsbøl is clearly his own musical spirit . Highly original, a payer of homage to the totality of jazz performance and the unique position that the bass occupies within it…one foot firmly placed in that history, the other constantly exploring new directions within the path less traveled” Thomas Howard Curtis III Morten resides with his family in Denmark and Austria.


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Jacob Karlzon (piano)

Presenting Swedish pianist Jacob Karlzon, ACT impressively demonstrates that even though there are quite a few piano trios around, there is still room for innovation when playing in the classical formation of piano, double bass and drums.  On his ACT debut 'More', Karlzon defies every convention of the genre. He merges pop and rock elements with the typical attributes of Scandinavian jazz, such as inspirational space, sweet melancholy and clear, catchy melodies – and all this with a dynamic range from fragile chamber music to heavy metal. The fact that Karlzon is one of the technically most accomplished and virtuous jazz pianists today, almost has to take a back seat. He is far more interested in the song itself, its specific mood...
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Presenting Swedish pianist Jacob Karlzon, ACT impressively demonstrates that even though there are quite a few piano trios around, there is still room for innovation when playing in the classical formation of piano, double bass and drums. On his ACT debut "More", Karlzon defies every convention of the genre. He merges pop and rock elements with the typical attributes of Scandinavian jazz, such as inspirational space, sweet melancholy and clear, catchy melodies – and all this with a dynamic range from fragile chamber music to heavy metal. The fact that Karlzon is one of the technically most accomplished and virtuous jazz pianists today, almost has to take a back seat. He is far more interested in the song itself, its specific mood and energy and the way the music may make its way into the hearts of the audience. The accepted definition of jazz has become far too narrow for Karlzon. His compositions have the effect of good pop songs. Next to the acoustic and electronic piano sounds there has always been space for a lot of synthesiser – but never as distinctively as on "More". Karlzon became known as a sideman of singer Victoria Tolstoy and has been a permanent member of her band since her 2005 album "My Swedish Heart". He also featured on her last recording "Letters to Herbie" – the album was a tribute to pianist Herbie Hancock. Karlzon himself already released his first album as a band leader in 1992. "More" is his sixth album. He also participated in the production of around 40 more recordings. Alongside his collaboration with Viktoria Tolstoy he played with Billy Cobham, Kenny Wheeler, Tim Hagans, Jeff Ballard, Cæcilie Norby, Nils Landgren and many more. In the course of his career Karlzon has received many distinguished awards. In 1997 he was awarded the "Jazz in Sweden Award" and considered the newcomer of the year by Swedish radio. In 2010 he received the renowned French jazz award "Django d'Or".

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Julian Argüelles (saxophone)

Igmar Jenner (violin)

Katja Finsel (cello)

Composer(s)

Morten Ramsbøl (double bass)

Born 1970 in Aarhus, Denmark.  Professor of Jazz Double Bass, Kunst Uni Graz, Austria  Morten has a BA teaching degree from the Royal Academy Of Music in Aarhus and a Pedagogical Diploma degree.  He has since 1998 played, toured and recorded with stellar artists such as Sinne Eeg, Niels Lan Doky, The Aarhus Jazz Orchestra, Kurt Elling, John Scofield, Claire Martin, Benny Golson, Kristian Leth, Kenneth Knudsen, Renato Chicco, Randy Brecker, Ulf Wakenius, Lars Jansson, Morten Lund , Adam Nussbaum, Peter Erskine, Bill Stewart, Peter Bernstein, Joey Baron, Jeff Ballard, Hans Ulrik, Veronica Mortensen,  Jesper Thilo, Mulgrew Miller, Antonio Sanchez, Joe Lovano, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Didier Lockwood, Jim Rotondi, Dena DeRose, Herwig Gradischnig, Karlheinz Miklin, Jacob Karlzon, Julian Argüelles and many more. Morten...
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Born 1970 in Aarhus, Denmark. Professor of Jazz Double Bass, Kunst Uni Graz, Austria Morten has a BA teaching degree from the Royal Academy Of Music in Aarhus and a Pedagogical Diploma degree. He has since 1998 played, toured and recorded with stellar artists such as Sinne Eeg, Niels Lan Doky, The Aarhus Jazz Orchestra, Kurt Elling, John Scofield, Claire Martin, Benny Golson, Kristian Leth, Kenneth Knudsen, Renato Chicco, Randy Brecker, Ulf Wakenius, Lars Jansson, Morten Lund , Adam Nussbaum, Peter Erskine, Bill Stewart, Peter Bernstein, Joey Baron, Jeff Ballard, Hans Ulrik, Veronica Mortensen, Jesper Thilo, Mulgrew Miller, Antonio Sanchez, Joe Lovano, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Didier Lockwood, Jim Rotondi, Dena DeRose, Herwig Gradischnig, Karlheinz Miklin, Jacob Karlzon, Julian Argüelles and many more.
Morten has composed music for television, commission work and numerous tours / projects. His first album “Short Stay feat. Joey Baron” (Music Mecca, 2002) and secondly the first album with all original compositions “Same Story, Different Place” (Gateway Music, 2014) and thirdly “How Far Is The Moon” (Natango Music, 2016) have been praised in and outside of Denmark being called “a timeless master piece”. His latest album “TRUE NORTH” (Challenge Records, 2019) once again showcase new compositions by Morten in a stellar lineup with some of the finest jazz musicians in Europe: “Several listenings to this music, only solidify the obvious, that Morten Ramsbøl is clearly his own musical spirit . Highly original, a payer of homage to the totality of jazz performance and the unique position that the bass occupies within it…one foot firmly placed in that history, the other constantly exploring new directions within the path less traveled” Thomas Howard Curtis III Morten resides with his family in Denmark and Austria.


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Press

"True North" is a very varied album. You hear pure jazz pieces on which the saxophone dominates, compositions in a small line-up and songs that are supplemented with strings.
Jazzenzo, 27-3-2019

Music like snow from the far north.
Trouw, 01-2-2019

... The fact that he, Schmölzer and the English tenor saxophonist Julian Argüelles, the Swedish pianist Jacob Karlzon and the Igmar Jenner String Quartet finally assembled the finished notes into one of the most beautiful jazz albums of the recent past in sunny Italy of all places makes him rightly proud...
Jazzthing, 25-1-2019

Pure enjoyment every time I turn on the cd and I'm not the only one.
Rootstime, 18-1-2019

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01.
As Seen From Above
04:24
(Morten Ramsbøl) Morten Ramsbøl, Jacob Karlzon, Julian Argüelles, Reini Schmölzer, Igmar Jenner, Andreas Semlitsch, Delphine Krenn-Viard, Katja Finsel
02.
Marianne
01:29
(Morten Ramsbøl) Morten Ramsbøl, Jacob Karlzon, Julian Argüelles, Reini Schmölzer, Igmar Jenner, Andreas Semlitsch, Delphine Krenn-Viard, Katja Finsel
03.
Brothers
01:19
(Morten Ramsbøl) Morten Ramsbøl, Jacob Karlzon, Julian Argüelles, Reini Schmölzer, Igmar Jenner, Andreas Semlitsch, Delphine Krenn-Viard, Katja Finsel
04.
Keith
04:10
(Morten Ramsbøl) Morten Ramsbøl, Jacob Karlzon, Julian Argüelles, Reini Schmölzer, Igmar Jenner, Andreas Semlitsch, Delphine Krenn-Viard, Katja Finsel
05.
True North
07:22
(Morten Ramsbøl) Morten Ramsbøl, Jacob Karlzon, Julian Argüelles, Reini Schmölzer, Igmar Jenner, Andreas Semlitsch, Delphine Krenn-Viard, Katja Finsel
06.
Naymenhay
03:12
(Morten Ramsbøl) Morten Ramsbøl, Jacob Karlzon, Julian Argüelles, Reini Schmölzer, Igmar Jenner, Andreas Semlitsch, Delphine Krenn-Viard, Katja Finsel
07.
Le Grand
05:48
(Morten Ramsbøl) Morten Ramsbøl, Jacob Karlzon, Julian Argüelles, Reini Schmölzer, Igmar Jenner, Andreas Semlitsch, Delphine Krenn-Viard, Katja Finsel
08.
Signal Me
07:08
(Morten Ramsbøl) Morten Ramsbøl, Jacob Karlzon, Julian Argüelles, Reini Schmölzer, Igmar Jenner, Andreas Semlitsch, Delphine Krenn-Viard, Katja Finsel
09.
Brothers II
03:11
(Morten Ramsbøl, Reini Schmölzer) Morten Ramsbøl, Jacob Karlzon, Julian Argüelles, Reini Schmölzer, Igmar Jenner, Andreas Semlitsch, Delphine Krenn-Viard, Katja Finsel
10.
Surface
04:11
(Morten Ramsbøl) Morten Ramsbøl, Jacob Karlzon, Julian Argüelles, Reini Schmölzer, Igmar Jenner, Andreas Semlitsch, Delphine Krenn-Viard, Katja Finsel

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