Fascinating melodies are spiritually bound together as Almugi skirts the well-traveled highways on its way to forging new paths. An emotive music from the European North amazes with its sophisticated originality, as it creates an earthy, natural musical atmosphere.
Despite the dangers and ever-increasing problems in the world, the goal is to find the beauty that surrounds us, to acknowledge and never lose sight of that beauty. The musicians all stem from the Danish island of Fünen; they are all in their late 30’s, and busy with various musical projects, yet since 2015 they have made this band their focal point. There is something grating and ruff-edged; the horns splinter the tones, compress and assimilate the sounds in such a way that an earthy, natural musical atmosphere is created and maintained. Nothing is smoothed over or pre-packaged.
There is a transparent texture and elasticity to the music. Fascinating melodies are spiritually bound together. The album skirts the well-traveled highways as it forges new paths. “Almugi” is the ancient Scandinavian word that signifies “free men of the Kingdom who possess the quality of goodness” – a fitting word for the players and music on this album.
Jul 12, 2018 - Kopenhagen, DK @ Kvarterhuset, Copenhagen Jazz Festival
Sep 03, 2018 - Kopenhagen, DK @ 5E
Sep 05, 2018 - Århus, DK @ Sun Ship
Sep 06, 2018 - Svendborg, DK @ Giant Steps
Sep 08, 2018 - Stockholm, SE @ Glen Miller
Immer Schön #1 4:36
Støjland Møgland 6:24
Immer Schön #2 4:31
Bølgebop, Bølgebop 3:18
Immer Schön #3 3:07
Mads la Cour (cornet, flugelhorn)
Lars Greve (clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone)
Kasper Tom Christiansen (drums)
Mariusz Praśniewski (double bass)
Recorded 1st & 2nd of May 2017 by Chris Weeda at Fattoria Musica Studios, Osnabrück, Germany Mixed by Chris Weeda
Mastered Peter Hellesøe
All compositions by Mads la Cour
Produced by Mads la Cour for WhyPlayJazz
Design and artwork by Travassos
Cover art: Woodcut by Per Kirkeby, © Donation Jorn, Silkeborg / Per Kirkeby
With support from Svendborg Musikråd, DJBFA, Dansk Artist Forbund and Dansk Skuespillerforbund