NY is the debut album of drummer and composer Morten Poulsen, featuring american pianist Russ Lossing.
Russ and Morten first met in New York in summer 2013, where it was decided that, if the chance would appear, the two would work together again.
Two years after, on a very cold february day, the chance was there and Russ and Morten went to the studio to record NY, which is the danish word for New. Prior to this, Morten had spent two weeks in New York where he composed music for the album, taking inspiration from the experiences of the city and its history, post-war classical music and reflections on life and personality.
The duo also recorded Etude by Paul Motian.
"It is music with an inspiring complexity, music that speaks, music with an insisting nerve. The debut of Morten Poulsen is a succesful and ambitious documentation from a collaboration with the more experienced Russ Lossing. It is the first time I hear Morten Poulsen. His intense presence in the moment leaves a lasting impression. I look forward to hearing more from him." - Niels Overgård, jazznyt.blogspot.dk
"All the way it moves on the edge between modern, meditative jazz and classical/contemporary music... This has simply become a completely idiosyncratic record that gives peace of mind. Listen, for example, on the third track “Dark”. Beautiful! It is outstanding playing from both musicians and I am convinced that this disc will be highlighted quite often, when I need peace and serenity.." - Jan Granlie, salt-peanuts.eu
Morten Poulsen (DK), drums and compositions
Russ Lossing (US), piano
Recorded by Paul Wickliff at Charlestown Road Studios, New Jersey USA, on February 23rd 2015.
Mix and master by Paul Wickliff.
TPO is a young jazz trio from Denmark and The Netherlands. As a small collective of individual characters, the trio emphasizes their playing on presence in group improvisations and dedication to intimate details in soundscaping.
In november 2014 TPO recorded their debut album which consists of only original and improvised music.
Prior to the recording, the three musicians spent 6 days living together, making several visits to the town of Mariager, in the north of Denmark. The nature surrounding this small town led to name the album Fjord.
"They are concerned with the space and silence in the music. Air and thoughtfulness. It’s music that forces you to turn down the mental pace. Tones and sounds that complement each other - without it necessarily pandering to the straightforward melodic. That edge fits the trio’s music. Fjord is a succesful debut album, the trio manages to balance the odd and the melodic and the audible and the silent." - Niels Overgård, jazznyt.blogspot.dk
Sander Thijsen (NL), piano
Jan Ruerd Oosterhaven (NL), electric bass
Morten Poulsen (DK), drums
Recorded on November 20th 2014, at Aarhus Lydstudie, Denmark.
Mix and master by Kristopher Paterson.