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Thomas Clausen – Back2Basics (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Thomas Clausen – Back2Basics (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 53:35 minutes | 1 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Stunt Records

This recording was made during the pandemic period, when Copenhagen Radio Jazz and the Ben Webster Foundation opened MillFactory Studios for a series of small concerts – without a live audience, but with unbridled enthusiasm. “We recorded on the large Steinway D, which has enormously long bass strings and so much fullness in the high register that you don’t have to play many notes. You can feel every sound. The music was recorded as if it were a real concert, with the songs in the order I planned and the order in which they are presented on the album

Thomas Clausen is a veteran Scandinavian jazz pianist who shows the lyrical influence of the late Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett. Accompanied by bassist Thomas Fonnesbaek and drummer Karsten Bagge (who sticks mainly to brushes), Clausen chooses a mix of familiar and less frequently played works, along with two strong originals. His relaxed, spacious setting of “I’ll Remember April” proves that not every bopper has to play it at a runaway tempo to be successful. “‘Round Midnight” sounds even more ominous as he begins each phrase alone and is then answered by Fonnesbaek’s droning arco bass and Bagge’s drums, while his aggressive take of “Milestones” showcases Bagge extensively. The pianist’s inspired choice of the dreamy ballad “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” (from the animated film Cinderella) makes one wonder why it isn’t as popular with jazz artists as “Someday My Prince Will Come.” The ’60s rock anthem “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” written by Carole King, is recast as a subdued ballad with a bittersweet flavor. The pianist’s “Pelicans…And Other Birds” is a wild post-bop vehicle that’s more of a free-for-all than its subtle title would indicate, while his lush ballad “Home” is a thoughtful blend of warm memories with a touch of melancholy. – Ken Dryden

1. Thomas Clausen – How Deep Is the Ocean?
2. Thomas Clausen – Walkin’
3. Thomas Clausen – Nature Boy
4. Thomas Clausen – Bloodcount
5. Thomas Clausen – It Could Happen To You
6. Thomas Clausen – Edelweiss
7. Thomas Clausen – Invitation
8. Thomas Clausen – Vem kan segla f”orutan vind
9. Thomas Clausen – You Must Believe In Spring
10. Thomas Clausen – You And The Night And The Music


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