10.7.2015 Den Sorte Diamant under Copenhagen Jazz Festival
13.7.2015 Aarhus Musikhus under Aarhus Jazz Festival
An spectacular encounter between trumpet player Palle Mikkelborg and saxophonist David Liebman and a comprehensive big band.
‘Supreme, jazzy burst of energy with elements of 70s rock, funk and fusion’ wrote GAFFA in its five-star review of the unique collaboration. Now it is time for a revisit at Aarhus Jazz Festival.
Palle Mikkelborg is a visionary Danish musician of international repute. When Miles Davis visited Copenhagen in 1984 to receive the Sonning Music Award, Palle Mikkelborg was charged with composing a piece dedicated to the master. The piece would be titled ‘Aura’, and the related album received two Grammy awards in 1991. His album Anything but Grey (1992) was awarded best jazz album in Denmark and Mikkelborg received the Nordic Council’s music award in 2001.
David Liebman, who has been called the most important post-Coltrane saxophonist, has been in bands with Miles Davis and Elvin Jones and been one of the most innovative and trendsetting musicians on the modern jazz scene. Since the beginning of the 1970s, Liebman has consistently been among the final contenders for Down Beat’s vote for soprano saxophonist of the year. He is also considered one of the most essential jazz artists of his generation.
The two musical individualists resume their collaboration with the spectacular big band Blood Sweat Drum + Bass. The reviews of the 2015 Vinterjazz tour with Palle Mikkelborg and Mike Sheridan prove that the band is in peak condition:
‘Incredible concert by Aarhusian big band with Palle Mikkelborg as star guest.’ (Politiken)
‘One and a half hours in another world.’ (Sjællands Tidende)