Feb 22 2019
Artist: Nicolai Kaas Claesson
Style: Echoes of old-school avant-garde
Favorite Track: “Kaptajn Penalhus”
Music from: Copenhagen, Denmark
What I like about it: Oh my god, everything. Nicolai Kaas Claesson‘s quartet generates some serious intensity with the most casual delivery. It’s free jazz that’s laid back and cool, and yet hits like a right cross thrown by a pro. It’s got an old-school feel that brings out the nostalgia for the avant-garde 70s, when that particular phase of jazz’s evolution was at a high point of unbounded creativity. There’s a warmth to this music that can’t be missed, a fireplace comfort that is also wild and boozy and immensely fun. This recording came out mid-November, which means you shouldn’t be surprised if it makes another appearance on this site when the Best of 2019 rolls around.
Your album personnel: Nicolai Kaas Claesson (double bass), Jeppe Højgaard (alto saxophone, clarinet), Rasmus Kjær (piano) and Anders Vestergaard (drums).
Listen to more of the album on the artist’s Bandcamp page.
Album cover art by Tina Damgaard.
Be sure to check out the artist’s site.