Album of the Day: Daniel Herskedal – “Voyage”


Artist:  Daniel Herskedal

Album:  Voyage

Label:  Edition Records

Style:  Chamber, Arabic, modern jazz

Favorite Track: “The Mediterranean Passage In The Age Of Refugees”

Music from: Oslo, Norway

What I like about it:  There may not be a musician on the modern scene who more consistently crafts sound into an atmospheric, thrilling beauty than does Daniel Herskedal.  I like how the tubist, one album to the next, keeps expanding on past ideas or incorporating new ones to create something that sounds brand new, while also tying it back to what’s come before… as if a book or movie series where each installment has new characters and plot line, yet falls within a certain continuum that encapsulates everything.  On Voyage, Herskedal continues his exploration of Arabic music in a chamber jazz setting, and finds an impressive balance between dramatic and delicate expressions.  Can we just have it written into law that Herskedal must record a new album every year?

Your album personnel:  Daniel Herskedal (tuba, bass trumpet), Bergmund Waal Skaslien (viola), Eyolf Dale (piano), Helge Andreas Norbakken (percussion) and Maher Mahmoud (oud).

Available at:  Amazon | Bandcamp

Listen to more of the album on the artist’s Bandcamp page.

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