2007 WhyPlayJazz (RS002), CD + MP3 Album Download
Kasper Tom Christiansen (dr), Mads la Cour (cor, flh, hrn), Frederik Vedersø (git), Andreas Lang (b)
All songs written and arranged by QUARTz. Recorded October 2006 at The Carl Nielsen Academy of Music, Odense (DK). Recorded, mixed and mastered by Torben Sminge. Produced by QUARTz and Torben Sminge.
In Kasper Tom Christiansen and Andreas Lang on drums and bass, QUARTz has a cooking rhythm section to support the virtuoso trumpet solos of Mads la Cour, and Frederik Vedersø contributes to the distinct sound of the band with his melodic guitar playing and rock sound.
Not only as humans, but also musically, QUARTz is a group of strong individual personalities which comes to show in the complex repertoire. The sound of jazz is interrupted by rock-inspired pieces and melancholic soundscapes. The free element in the music make way for the outstanding soloists of QUARTz to move in new directions and expand the musical borders a little bit during each concert.
This is the debut album by the young Danish quartet Quartz, which comprises of trumpeter Mads la Cour, guitarist Frederik Vederso, bassist Andreas Lang and drummer Kasper Tom Christiansen. When this album was recorded nobody could have predicted that Vederso would soon become one of Denmark´s top Pop / Rock / Folk stars. This is also the debut recording of the Lang / Christiansen rhythm section, which in the decade following this recording was about to turn into one of the best Jazz rhythm sections in Europe. The album presents nine original compositions, all credited collectively to the quartet.
The music of Quartz floats constantly somewhere between Jazz-Rock Fusion and contemporary modern Jazz. The Rocky guitar tends to pull the music towards Fusion, but the trumpet and rhythm section are obviously Jazz oriented, hence the duality. Regardless of the stylistic umbrella, this music is fresh, intelligent and full of intrinsic freedom, which allows for interesting improvisations and interplay between the band members. La Cour is a hell of a trumpet player and his solos soar high with a blood curdling intensity and speed. The rhythm section immediately presents their unique approach to providing the backbone for an ensemble, which is done with a specific twist of roles, with the bass being the rhythmic chronometer and the drums working with, against and above the expected rhythm patters, actually playing the instrument. The mutual understanding, respect and level of telepathic cooperation between these two guys are simply marvelous.