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AFLYST! Jan Harbech hyldest til Ben Webster

Koncerten er støttet af Kultur og Fritidsforvaltningen

Jan Harbeck og Henrik Gunde er modtagere af Ben Webster Prisen 2018

Jan Harbeck: tenor sax

Henrik Gunde: piano

Eske Nørrelykke: bass

Anders Holm: drums


The Jan Harbeck Quartet play modern acoustic jazz with a warm, accessible and expressive delivery. In 2008, the quartet received a Danish Grammy for their release ‘In the Still of the

Night’ and they have since become one of the best selling Danish instrumental jazz groups. The quartet play a mix of Harbeck’s compositions and selected lesser-known jazz standards

with a focus on strong melody and irresistible swing alongside heart-wrenching melancholic blues. “The tenor saxophone is the sound of jazz. The soul of the music. Once Copenhagen had Ben

Webster to blow that soul to life. Now we have Jan Harbeck.” – Politiken 10/7 2010 The band’s latest release ‘Variations in Blue’ features American sax star Walter Smith III. The album was highly acclaimed by the press and the world’s leading jazz magazine DownBeat wrote the following: “Danish saxist Jan Harbeck has put together a gorgeous set of bluesy standards, tangos and

originals. Since the tracks are all unhurried – recorded live with no cuts or overdubs – the whole program slips down like a vintage port. Despite the familiarity of “Don’t Let the Sun…”

and “Blues In the Night”, Harbeck’s originals fit the rundown like silk stockings, slowly unfurling.” 4 of 5 stars — Michael Jackson, DownBeat Magazine, March 2015.

The music is indebted to the jazz tradition, but each of the four musicians contribute their own personal modern-day take on the compositions. Henrik Gunde is one of the most in- demand Danish jazz musicians with his eloquent virtuoso piano playing, bassist Eske Nørrelykke is the backbone of the quartet with his unique minimalistic style, whilst Anders

Holm unites swing and groove with charisma and understated finesse at the drums. The quartet are able to create an intimate world with a perfect acoustically balanced sound,

where nothing comes between the audience and the musicians. Danish newspaper ‘Politiken’ describes Jan Harbeck Quartet’s show at Copenhagen Jazz Festival, in a review by music editor Thomas Michelsen: “Harbeck demonstrated, that nobody can put their soul into a jazz ballad like he can”. Jan Harbeck and Henrik Gunde will be receiving the Ben Webster Prize 2018! 

– besætning:

Jan Harbeck Quartet

Jan Harbeck – tenor sax

Henrik Gunde – piano

Eske Nørrelykke – bass

Anders Holm – drums

December 26 2020


Date: December 26, 2020
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: 150DKK


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