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Three time grammy-winning Danish drummer and composer, Stefan Pasborg, is releasing this brand new album with his exiting interpretations of six standards from the history book of rock'n'roll.
’'FREE MOBY DICK'' is the latest project by Danish drummer Stefan Pasborg, and has now resulted in this release, which includes very personal takes on 6 classic tracks from the historybook of Rock 'n' Roll !
A passion towards playing some of the iconic rock-riffs by bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and The White Stripes, but in his own way and as platforms for improvisations within a free approach, inspired him to create this project. These riffs, together with a track by The Rolling Stones and one by Tom Waits, is the foundation for this release.
In 2011 Pasborg was offered to be ‘Artist-in-Residence’ at Jazzhouse in Copenhagen, and early on he decided to present six new and unique constellations to the club. One of them he named ‘’Free Moby Dick’’ (a free and abstract name-twist of the big ‘’rock n’ roll whale’’ known as Moby Dick, with a little hint in direction of quite bad american B-movies about locked up whale lookalikes) in which the dogma should be to ONLY perform tracks from the history book of rock ‘n’ roll within a free approach.
He invited three of his favorite European musicians to join the fun: Mikko Innanen (Fin), Liudas Mockunas (Lit) and Nicolai Munch-Hansen (Den) with whom he has so often played during the past 10-15 years in several other constellations (Delirium, Triot, Toxikum, Odessa 5, Megaphone etc.) - The result is this record!
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STEFAN PASBORG, Denmark:
Three time Grammy-winner Stefan Pasborg is a highly energetic drummer from the melting pot of Copenhagen, and after getting a snare drum, a cymbal and a high-hat at the age of three from renowned jazz drummer Alex Riel, he has developed into a very personal musician on the European jazz scene.
He has performed and recorded with musicians like: John Tchicai, Marc Ducret, Ellery Eskelin, Tomasz Stanko, Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Palle Danielsson, Anders Jormin, Miroslav Vitous, Michael Formanek, among others....And has toured the most of Europe and in USA, Canada, Africa and Asia - both as a leader and as a sideman.
At Danish Music Awards 2004 he was voted ʻNew jazz-name of The Yearʼ...and his release ʻToxikumʼ was voted ʻJazz Discovery of the Yearʼ. And at Danish Music Awards 2011 he received a grammy for his release ‘’Odessa X-tra Large’’.
His first release as a leader – TriplePoint (ILK 2007) – was selected into worldwide TOP 5 "Best Debut Albums of 2007" by All About Jazz Magazine, New York.
He is one of the founding members of the record label and collective ILK Music.
Stefan Pasborg was chosen to be Artist-in-Residence at Copenhagen Jazzhouse during 2011.
''The ambiguity is one of the things that makes Free Moby Dick so good, even surpassing the fun factor. None of these ‘cover’ versions gives itself up right away, keeping the listener guessing before slamming into a familiar riff. Leader/drummer Stefan Pasborg’s cymbal washes and Nikolai Munch-Hansen’s bass punctuations don’t even hint at “Paint it Black”; only when the two saxophonists begin to run the familiar tune in counterpoint does it become remotely clear. When the tunes do erupt, Innanen vibrates with the over-the-top abandon of prime Albert Ayler, bringing a carnival-esque twist to these psychedelic and bluesy classics. Beyond the fun of identification is the trippy and even humorous way the tunes are treated. In place of Robert Plant’s cutting vocals, “Black Dog”’s melody is whipped by drums and hurled with saxophone blasts. “Iron Man” is alternate church- reverent and snarky, the guitar lines and saxophones awash in crunchy dissonances. Maybe the biggest surprise ends the disc: a touchingly wistful and straight version of Tom Waits’ “Johnsburg, Illinois” with Innanen soloing beautifully over the rhythm section’s slow drag.'' - by Marc Medwin, New York City Jazz record, USA
The ''Free Moby Dick'' album was furthermore selected in the annual HONORABLE MENTION – NEW RELEASES (2012) by ”The New York City Jazz Record” in USA, and was also the recommended release in the same magazine in January 2013.
’’Is it possible to play heavy metal with just saxes, bass and drums? It certainly is when you have players of this mettle and with a leader who when the occasion calls for it hits as hard as Bonzo ever did. Pasborg's arrangement of Led Zeppelin's Black Dog preserves the weighty riffage of the song, done with complete conviction by the two big horns, but also its speedy turnaround." **** - Jazz Journal, UK
''Free Moby Dick is a success on many levels. Brilliant selections and arrangements, fantastic playing and synergy. While paying a tribute to some legends of rock music history it might be also a way to attract new listeners to jazz (nothing bad in that, mind you). Fun, Jazz and Rock'n'Roll? Jazz Rocks? Pick your marketing line. I enjoy the heck out of it.'' - Jazz Alchemist, Poland.
"Free Moby Dick er en plade med kultpotentiale. Innanen og Mockunas er fantastiske. Det er godt hørt af Pasborg, at sætte de to sammen." – Jazznyt, DK
Udgivelsen blev - sammen med to andre af Pasborgs udgivelser - udvalgt som én af de bedste udgivelser i 2012 af Jazznyt, og i samme forbindelse modtog Pasborg ''Jazznyt-prisen 2012’’.
''Free Moby Dick" er et energisk, ekspressivt instrumentalt album. Fire jazzmusikeres dybt fascinerende livtag med nogle af rockmusikkens tunge standards. Bunden i fortolkningerne er Stefan Pasborgs trommer og Nicolai Munch-Hansens bas. Men oven på dén bund gennembrydes lydmuren noget så eftertrykkeligt af Mikko Innanens uregerlige barytonsaxofon og Liudas Mockunas ditto tenorsaxofon.'' **** - Gaffa, DK
''Det lukter svidd gummi i svingene før Pasborg kaster seg på hjul på en slik måte at de gamle mennene stirrer måpende ned fra zeppelineren og lurer på hva som skjer der nede. Det svinger voldsomt, og de fire herrene er med på å gjøre ‘Out in the Tiles’ til en solid jazzlåt….Nå har jeg fulgt disse fire musikerne noen år, og jeg vil pasta at dette er det tøffeste de har gjort på plate så langt.’’ – Jazz Nytt, Norway
''This is a record that knocks me out...A record with cult-potential. Mikko Innanen and Liudas Mockunas are fantastic together. Cudos to Pasborg for bringing them together'' - Nils Overgård, JazzNyt, October 2012
THE DANISH TV CHANNEL "DR K" HAS RECENTLY BROADCASTED FIVE PROGRAMS ABOUT STEFAN PASBORG AND HIS DIVERSE PROJECTS. AMONG THEM FREE MOBY DICK. WATCH THE TRAILER HERE!