Heaven In A Wildflower
Debut Twin Release by the Stellar Danish/American Quartet Featuring Niels Vincentz, Søren Kjærgaard, Thomas Morgan and Billy Hart
This group came together by a stroke of luck, when with short notice Niels Vincentz, Søren Kjærgaard, Thomas Morgan and Billy Hart joined forces for a single concert during the Copehagen Jazz Festival in 2013. The performance was an explosive meeting between the four distinct musical temperaments, launching a collaboration that reverberates the life experience, cultural backgrounds and generations of players.
Since then they have developed a sound of their own, carried forth by a shared orientation and yet, complexified in multi-directional playing. Across the two albums, The Vertical Perspective & Heaven In A Wildflower, we shift between song forms and open-ended improvisations, fiery pulse and spacious width, earthy timbres and oblique harmonies – all of which is interwoven into an authentic sonic approach of both historic fluency and contemporary veins.
Heaven In A Wildflower unfolds a more spacious and minimal approach where Kjærgaard’s airy Meridiana pieces weave a compositional thread through the work. Originally composed for string quartet, these pieces were first on the album Meridiana: Lines Toward A Non-Local Alchemy by Kjærgaard and the legendary Danish poet, philosopher, painter and former tennis pro, Torben Ulrich.
However, the pieces were broad up when Kjærgaard learned, that Thomas Morgan had studied the cello intensely before turning to the double bass. As we hear Thomas Morgan give voice to the cello part on the double bass, we are granted an insight into his contemporary sound on the bass and his use of register and timbre. The idea to interpret the string quartet in the group, was also motivated by a wish to investigate the classic jazz quartet instrumentation from a different compositional angle.
The resulting work is an oblique mix of open-ended ballad forms, 12-tonal melodics, ambiguous harmonies, carried forth by a search for sounds both deep and wide, mysterious and poetic.
Format: CD & Digital
Catalogue #: ILK299CD
Release date: 05-06-2020
Niels Vincent - tenor sax
Søren Kjærgaard - piano
Thomas Morgan - bass
Billy Hart - drums