Anderskov Accident has digested and transcended the irrational time feel from the internationally acclaimed previous album, Unity of Action (2005). The sound on NEWSPEAK is more acoustic, and a number of new approaches has been added to the book: Political accellerations on top of a steady pulse, weddingmarches with african GMOs, Baltic rocks in the mist, radioactive lower voices & protest songs without words – etc..
The result is visionary and warm-blooded. It is liquid, sparkling and intuitive yet subtly structured. Though constantly investigating new ground, the music is performed with great musical reserve, giving the music an inner balance and a true spontaneity.
Anderskov Accident works as a vehicle for what may be the most grandiose, poetic, odd and beautiful part of Pianist & Composer Jacob Anderskov’s compositional euvre. The music easily juxtaposes and unifies new combinations of e.g. writing vs freedom, time vs rubato, broad beats vs solid grooves, and displays various types of tonalities. Rhythmically, structurally and emotionally, there is nothing like it.
ANDERSKOV ACCIDENT's previous CD, UNITY OF ACTION, was praised around the world. It resulted in the election as "spearhed" in the "International Danish Jazz Launch", and in touring in a.o. USA, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Holland & France.
"Danish pianist and composer Jacob Anderskov seems to be gaining worldwide attention mostly by word of mouth. One can imagine the additional acclaim he would earn from recording on a larger label like ECM due to the individuality of his arrangements and the profusion of his ideas. Anderskov has released thirteen albums since his first in 2001. Three of them feature his octet, Anderskov Accident, which provides the means for achieving his intentions of musically depicting topical issues or attitudes, much as Charles Mingus did or Charlie Haden does. Rather than adding exclamations like “Oh Lord don’t let it happen here” or sentiments like “not in our name,” Anderskov paints scenes, such as the dirge-like procession and the eventual martial rise of intensity within “Lisbutin e Mirkola.” Similarly, “Se Nu Stiger Solen” builds from quietly ominous long tones, supported by the energetic rhythms of bassist Jeppe Skovbakke and drummer Rune Kielsgaard. As each horn player adds layer upon layer to the initial note, a blossoming of tones unfolds, causing the listener to wonder at the composition’s direction as the tension builds. In each case, Anderskov creates a sustained foundation of sound without chord changes for extended periods to support the individual improvisational statements of soloists. Excitement? All is not varying shades of sustained colors elongated over seven or eight minutes. “Boxy,” for instance, demands attention from the first swoop of the group’s upward glissando into celebratory frenzy of Babeled chaos. Soon, however, “Boxy” settles into a rocking theme stated by trumpeter Kasper Tranberg before he takes over as the primary commentator on the proceedings with Blues-inspired rabble-rousing. Anderskov’s interests are eclectic and apparently boundless as he incorporates elements from numerous, and sometimes disparate, styles. He is determined to present a complete statement within each composition that involves all of the musicians of his octet in the formation not only of his characteristic sonic density, but of an overriding idea. Slowly but assuredly, Jacob Anderskov is gaining appreciative listeners as his discography continues to increase annually, rounding out his musical personality one recording at a time." - Bill Donaldson, Cadence (usa) april 2009.
Anderskov Accident album NEWSPEAK receives 4 out of 5 stars in Down Beat Magazine in the September 2008 edition, and was on the "best of 2008"-list in the January 2009 issue.
The review states a.o.:
"Keyboardist Jacob Anderskov has almost nonchalantly displayed a dizzying range and curiosity on more than a dozen records cut under his leadership.
Newspeak is the third album credited to his group Anderskov Accident, a wild and woolly actet that attacks his knotty and moody compositions with an appealing loose feel. Within his tunes one can detect a grocery list of ingredients - music from Africa and the Balkans, postbop, dirge - but under his assured leadership the end result never sounds like a hodgepodge.
While the solid tunes are beguiling, equally important to the music's effectiveness is the way the arrangements priviledge ensemble sound. The superb group, including tenor saxophonist Ned Ferm, trombonist Peter Dahlgren and alto saxophonist Jesper Zeuthen, contribute ripping solos, but like a growing number of bandleaders, Anderskov makes sure they don't arrive as isolated packages of information. Each improvisation is deeply connected to every tune, bursting out of the arrangement like a seeking tendril, so that the band doesn't just sit back while one person blows. They are all plucked in all of the time. While the sound is dense, the leader makes good use of dynamics, with a naturalistic ebb and flow that makes those arrangements practically invisible. Watch out for this guy." - Peter Margasak, Down Beat, September 2008.
"With over a dozen CDs as leader since his 2001 debut, Danish pianist Jacob Anderskov is a celebrated name in his home country. But he is patiently working his way - much like the form his music takes - into widespread jazz consciousness, particularly here in the States. Amorphous, introspective - almost meditative - pieces slowly blossom into respective wholes and in whatever context he’s heard, two things remain constant: fluidity and originality. One of the pianist’s primary musical outlets is his Anderskov Accident group. Their latest, Newspeak, is an octet - three reeds, two brass, piano, bass and drums that work as one, though are also strong individualists; tenor saxist Ned Ferm and trombonist Peter Dahlgren, trumpeter Kasper Tranberg and bass clarinetist Anders Banke all shine. Gorgeous Gil Evans-esque trombone-based brass contrasted by floating reed harmonies are paced by bass and drum-led march figures (“Lisbutin e Mirkola”, “Se Nu Stiger Solen” and “Salene”). This is most definitely a band record and that’s no accident." - Laurence Donohue-Greene, ALL ABOUT JAZZ NYC, July 2008