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MISCEO ~ BETTER WORD FOR LOVE
AMP 069 (Barcode: 013415901787) ~ DENMARK ~ Jazz-Classical Fusion

Recorded: 2019 Released: 2020

This is the debut album by international ensemble MisceoFind albums by this artist, which combines a classic Jazz piano trio and a Classical string duo: Finnish pianist Artturi RonkaFind albums by this artist, Danish bassist Adrian ChristensenFind albums by this artist, Danish drummer Frederik BulowFind albums by this artist, Danish violinist Kern WesterbergFind albums by this artist and Polish cellist Joasia CieslakFind albums by this artist. The album presents seven original compositions, four composed by Bulow and three by Christensen.

The music is wonderfully innovative and contemporary, bridging the Jazz and Classical idioms into a new, integral entity, which balances between the two universes and manages to create a perfect hybrid. Anybody expecting another "Jazz & Strings" album could not be further from what the listener will experience on this album. Misceo, which was founded by Bulow and Cieslak, manages to fulfill the initial intent of bringing together different elements on the same level of substance, which is definitely not an easy task.

There is a stylistic difference between the compositions by Bulow, which are mostly based on strong polyrhythmic and odd meters, which are emphasized by his dynamic drum parts, whereas those by Christensen tend to be more lyrical and tranquil, which creates a certain balance as far as the entire album is concerned.

The performances are, as expected, all stellar and these talented and experienced musicians contribute wholeheartedly to create a magical expedition into contemporary music, which is both aesthetically fulfilling and intellectually challenging.

The music was excellently recorded, which is very important to present the intricate details of this music and capture the unique ambience. Kudos to the ambitious Norwegian AMPFind albums on this label label, which in the last few years established its position on the vanguard European (mostly Scandinavian) recorded music.

Overall this is an important, innovative album, which truly deserves the attention of European music connoisseurs, who are able to "think outside the box" in search of new and uncharted musical experiences. Warmly recommended!
Updated: 26/06/2020Posted: 26/06/2020CD 1 Digipak Recommend To A Friend

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