Im Dänischen steht “Almugi” für freie Männer des Königreichs, die sich die Fähigkeit zur Güte bewahrt haben. Der Trompeter, Kornettist und Flügelhornspieler Mads la Cour ist auf der Suche nach dem Guten in den Dingen. Es geht darum, trotz aller Gefährdungen und wachsender Probleme das Schöne um sich herum zu finden, zu benennen und nicht aus dem Blick zu verlieren. Ihn beschäftigen das Verschwinden des Diskreten im menschlichen Zusammenleben und der Mangel an Nächstenliebe bei den weltweiten Entscheidungsträgern.

Seine Band ist traumwandlerisch eingespielt. Seit 2015 ist sie das zentrale Projekt des gut beschäftigten Enddreißigers von der Insel Fünen. Mit intim sensiblem Sound und ohne Akkordinstrumente navigiert diese Band durch immer neues Terrain: In A Nordic Way.

Man denkt an den frühen Don Cherry und seine Weltumarmungen von Skandinavien aus. Auch Lester Bowie kommt einem in den Sinn, doch ohne seine Feier amerikanischer Jazztraditionen. Diese Musik kommt aus dem europäischen Norden, und sowieso verflüchtigen sich die Ahnenreihen bald wieder, weil Mads la Cour seinen überzeugenden und tragfähigen eigenen Ton entwickelt hat. Für die Sensibilität, mit der sich seine markanten Linien mit denen Lars Greves verschränken, wird man eh keinen Vergleich finden. Und erst recht nicht für den konstanten Fluss, mit dem sie das zelebrieren. Das ergibt zutiefst überzeugende Geflechte, die haltbar und robust sind und doch filigran. Lang und Christiansen kommentieren, kalibrieren und intensivieren das dezent und doch griffig treibend.

Veröffentlichungen

Mads la Cour’s Almugi »Hule«

Hule
Mads la Cour’s Almugi

2018 WhyPlayJazz (WPJ044)
CD + MP3 Album Download

Mads la Cour’s Almugi »Hule«

Hule
Mads la Cour’s Almugi

2018 WhyPlayJazz (WPJ044LP)
Vinyl LP + MP3 Album Download

Mads la Cour’s Almugi »Quartet«

Quartet
Mads la Cour’s Almugi

2015 WhyPlayJazz (RS019)
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Mads la Cour’s Almugi »Duo«

Duo
Mads la Cour’s Almugi

2015 WhyPlayJazz (RS020)
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Mads la Cour’s Almugi »Large Ensemble«

Large Ensemble
Mads la Cour’s Almugi

2015 WhyPlayJazz (RS021)
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Konzerte

2018

  • 03.09.2018 - Kopenhagen, DK @ 5E
  • 05.09.2018 - Århus, DK @ Sun Ship
  • 06.09.2018 - Svendborg, DK @ Giant Steps
  • 08.09.2018 - Stockholm, SE @ Glen Miller

Sie sind Veranstalter und möchten Verfügbarkeit: September 2018 oder auf Anfrage.

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Reviews

Though Almugi is an all-acoustic quartet, it isn't a ‘60s throwback but most definitely a contemporary jazz outfit that draws from multiple traditions, free jazz, bop, and folk among them. The playing's sometimes rough-edged and fiery, but the group can also play with delicacy and nuance when necessary. An effective balance is struck between formal composition and improvisation in these oft-episodic pieces, with the members effecting transitions between notated sections and solos with agility. On Hule, Almugi repeatedly shows itself to be an exceptionaly nimble unit.

Ron Schepper, Textura

Das sind moderne Kompositionen, die sowohl individuell als auch kollektiv viel Raum für Improvisation lassen. Der Stil der Musik passt in die Tradition der europäischen improvisierten Musik. Aber Mads La Cour und seine Gefährten liefern Struktur, Melodie und Thema. [...] Die Almugi Gruppe ist seit einigen Jahren zusammen und das kann man hören. Die vier Einzelstimmen des Quartetts ergänzen sich perfekt und erzeugen überraschende Wechselspiel- und Klangstrukturen. [...] Das Album 'Hule' von Mads La Cour Almugi ist eine Perle für den Liebhaber der aufregenden zeitgenössischen Musik.

Sjoerd van Aelst, JazzFlits Nr. 298

The music is a beautiful collection of melodic themes, mostly serene and melancholic, with a lot of space and breathing air, which allows for each note to be heard distinctly and clearly. [...] Obvious respect between the musicians and a common goal of achieving the most fulfilling effect are fully realized herein, and the album is a truly delightful listening experience. The balance between the Jazz tradition and the new forms of expression, treatment of time, rhythm and harmony are a perfect example of the strength and ingenuity of contemporary young European Jazz, which is bursting with talent and creativity. [...] This album is highly recommended to all modern European Jazz connoisseurs, who are open-minded enough to deal with some degree of Free Jazz, which is well behaved enough to please and avoid chaos, but challenging enough to keep the listener on his toes. Very well done indeed!

Adam Baruch, The Soundtrack Of My Life

Alle Musiker brillieren an ihren Instrumenten. Sie spielen auf technisch höchstem Niveau und drücken den klangschönen Kompositionen so ihren Stempel mit auf. [...] Ein rundum gelungenes Album, das uns Mads la Cour's Almugi präsentieren. Klanglich gibt es ebenfalls nichts zu meckern, so dass man eigentlich nur die Höchstwertung vergeben kann, was hiermit auch geschieht. Empfehlung!

Ingo Andruschkewitsch, musik an sich

Mads la Cour composes his music by taking inspiration from situations of social, political, musical and human relations. Subtle writing attaches great importance to the combined play of individualities without excessive restraint by combining timbres and instruments as part of a very successful aesthetic project.

Thierry Giard, culturejazz.fr

The timbre of the instruments is a perfect match and the way La Cour and Greve merge their parts, interweave their sounds or play together in a transversal way, is delicious. [...] Mads la Cour's Almugi finds a golden mean between tradition and modernity, between flexibility and opposition and between aesthetics and ingenuity. All this is wrapped in strong compositions and that makes Hule an excellent jazz record.

Gert Derkx, Opduvel

«Hule» was recorded on May 2017 in Germany and emphasizes the highly personal sound and compositional voice of La Cour, anchored in an intimate, emphatic setting and rooted in the Nordic lyrical jazz legacy. True to ancient meaning of Almugi, La Cour music attempts to capture an optimist spirit of all the good and beauty that surrounds us. La Cour compositions reflect at the same time his concern about human indifference, lack of altruism around us and his anger about the wrong people who have gained powerful positions. [...] This [...] emphasizes again the organic, intimate interplay of this excellent quartet.

Eyal Hareuveni, salt peanuts*

The music is a an open form of modern Jazz, which ignores genres and conventions and freely floats between melodic passages and free improvisations, presenting the complete palette used by today´s new generation of European Jazz players, who are constantly trying to expand the Jazz idiom.

Adam Baruch, adambaruch.com

Sounding at times as if it was recorded in California not Copenhagen, the Almugi Quartet is all about procedural balance, rarely if ever probing atonal highs or dissonant lows. However like a bespoke suit that piques with its discriminating detailing, the moderated and unusual pairing of cornet and clarinet produces an airy synthesis, perfectly suited to La Cour’s compositions.

Ken Waxman, jazzword.com

This is engaging music, each piece with a distinct sense of development, but what really holds the attention is the group sound and interplay. Trumpet and clarinet support and twist around each other constantly without ever sounding contrived, The drums and bass maintain an unflagging energy even when playing fractured and broken rhythms. This is a very fine set from top class players and it makes me want to check our what Mads has been up to with his other ‘ Free Men of the Kingdom’

Mike Collins, London Jazz News

Mads la Cour has crafted a highly personal musical world that encompasses the serene, reserved Nordic jazz but corresponds with other musical worlds such as close and far folk traditions and contemporary music. The quartet plays as a band that has been playing together for years, creating an intimate, free tonal language within concise segments of collective improvisations. The close, melodic rich interplay of la Cour and Greve is naturally the heart of all pieces, all composed by la Cour. Their searching, warm sound, full with fresh, flowing ideas create an aural tapestry. Both enjoy the economic, driving pulse of Lang and Christiansen.
The gifted quartet expand la Cour's musical vision. The quartet outline beautiful, heartfelt melodies, always in a quiet, reserved manner, as on the sublime "Allmogen," the fragile, chamber "I Jules" or the contemplative "Emilie"; move to a playful, fuky mode on "Sir Dance a Lot" or suggest a gentle dance on "Araber." "Polka" present an experimental, searching side of the quartet at its introduction before the quartet unite for reciting the strong theme.
These four exceptional musicians are gifted with a rare musical gift. Inspiring, beautiful music.

Eyal Hareuveni, allaboutjazz.com