Latest Releases (2012-16)
…you become one with the sound .. Communication-wise this is some of the most impressing I have seen in a long time from Danish artists ….if you’re into experimental and abstract music this album is no. 1. on your future shopping list – Niels Overgaard, Jazznyt
Mark Solborg & Herb Robertson: Tuesday Prayers
Tonight, they speak together through music. Steel strings bending and the gurgling sound of brass in the night. Lines so beautiful they shine like a light. Sound becomes a hymn. Music becomes a prayer. Every day is a gift.
Jakob Bækgaard, All about Jazz
On this focused live recording American trumpeter Robertson and Danish guitarist Solborg use their instruments with some minor preparation for a well-paced six track program that successively demonstrates the near impossible: creating minimalist folkish timbres that are anything but reductionist; plus exposing roaring textures that are stentorian without being offensive. – Ken Waxman, JazzWord
..a masterclass of texture and microtonal subtlety. .. This recording deserves its five stars not only for it’s introspective beauty but also for it’s sense of quiet adventure and tasteful restraint. – Dave Foxall, Jazz Journal, UK
★★★★★ (5/5) “…you’re surprised the album has drawn to a close without ever noticing the passage of time. This is probably due to the strength of the writing, something that really stands out on this excellent release. The beautifully composed themes which flirt with the music of silence, nostalgia and serenity, mean that I will surely be returning to this fine album for many years to come.” – Joe Higham, www.freejazzblog.org
Uncompromised music, alternating airy moments and brightly lyrical episodes, all defined by a simple and straightforward writing which luckily avoids self-satisfaction and virtuoso dribbling. – Carlo Boccadoro – Internazionale (ITA)
..hypnotic unshakable phrases and melodies ..one thinking organism that is capable of poetic beauty and strong spirituality. ..unique in it’s integrity, melodic language and contemporary-poetic atmosphere. What a stroke of luck ! – Jazznytt, Norway.
Maniscalco/Bigoni/Solborg haben eine musikalische einheit mit starker eigene signatur ausgebildet, die entsprechende aufmerksamkeit verdient. – Henning Boltne, Jazz Thetic.
Mark Solborg/Anders Banke: SONG
…strong stuff ! The ballads are played with a serenity that stops time. ..What makes this album radiant is the impressive interplay .. This record deserves to be heard! – Jazznyt, Denmark
On Dog: Part I & II
..the clarinet of Bigoni floats through a fragile veil of sound and destills a truly adventurous epos of profoundly moving beauty. The music grows with every replay and confirms the quintet ON DOG as a new refreshing band with an original sound, based on mesmerizing, polyfonic contemporary melody – dancing in complex rhythms. Bravo ! – Jazznytt, Norway
Brilliant recording, genuine and perky musicianship, shrewd compositions, band interplay and interesting arrangements. Unconditional recommendation!” – Ragazzi.de
Une collaboration exemplaire et “Made in Europe” ..ces deux disques sont une sorte de modèle de ce que l’on aimerait voir plus souvent advenir sur notre Vieux Continent! – Thierry Quénum, Jazzman (FR) [CHOC-sticker on both records]
Mark Solborg Trio feat. Herb Robertson & Evan Parker: The Trees
…A high point in Danish Improjazz. The Trees is some of the best Solborg has produced. Music that has it’s own spirit and becomes a living organism, filled with wonder and joy. My soul, could you wish for more ? – jazznyt.dk
Solborg 4+4+1 feat. Chris Speed
Solborgs 4+4+1 nonet moves like a proud ship with all sails up into the wind, carrying a dear treasure delivered with great trust and loving care. It is set ashore on the pier of this years most exquisite Danish jazz. – Jazzspecial, DK