Søren Kjærgaard, Ben Street, Andrew Cyrille
Optics
ILK catalogue no
ILK140CD
Release date
03-03-2008

Lineup

Søren Kjærgaard - Piano
Ben Street - Bass
Andrew Cyrille - Drums

Optics

Optics was produced in June 2007 at the legendary Sear Sound studio in New York City under the auspicies of sound engineer James Farber and mastering engineer Greg Calbi.
It has since received critical acclaim in a wide number of music magazines and blogs, having been a strong launching point for both the trio's live activities and Kjærgaard's growing international career.

The sound of the record is warm and spacious, bringing out all the subtle shades of the trio interplay. Kjærgaard, Street and Cyrille had only met once prior to the date and yet there is a natural and organic flow in the music, which is also reflects why most of the record was done in first takes.

The trio features drummer Andrew Cyrille and bass player Ben Street. Cyrille is a living legend and one of the true masters of improvised music. He has collaborated closely with artists like Cecil Taylor, Oliver Lake and Walt Dickerson in some of the ground breaking projects from the 60’s up untill the present day.

Ben Street is regarded as one of the most sofisticated upright bass players on the present scene, effortlessly encompassing virtousic instrumental facilities and a warm singing tone. Coming from New York he performs and records with artists like Kurt Rosenwinkel, Danilo Perez and Paul Motian.

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