Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sarah Elgeti Quintet, Into the Open

Today, Danish tenor/ soprano/ flautist Sarah Elgeti and her quintet in a diverse program of contemporary jazz, Into the Open (Your Favourite 020). She is joined by regular quintet members Marianne Markmann-Eriksen on alto and baritone, Christian Bluhme Hansen on electric and acoustic guitars, Jens Kristian Andersen on bass and Thomas Praestegaard on drums. A keyboardist and an extra alto sax join the throng to bolster the sound on selected cuts.

Sarah plays with facility as do the other frontline members of the ensemble.

The primary thrust is on Elgeti's compositional group sound and the diverse territory covered: contemporary jazz-rock, ensemble swing, balladry and a bit of outness here and there.

This is likable, solid, seriously put-together music. The band is off to a very good start. I will be following further developments with interest.

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