Reviews

Nominated 'Best New Danish Jazz Artist' at Danish Music Awards Jazz 2013
JazzDanmark

"Masterful from start to finish, at first is an album that grows in strength with repeated listens and marks the arrival of a new talent."

Sean Smith - Tokyo Jazz Notes

“5/6 - Outstanding debut … (that) from an artistic viewpoint has the potential for an international breakthrough.”

Ivan Rod - Gaffa (DK)

"This is apparently a debut album, which I find hard to believe. It sounds more like a mature work from a composer clear about his direction and having moved a few stations down the line already."

Peter Bacon - thejazzbreakfast

"Gemmer is particularly dedicated to sound: he cares about it during his keyboard blasts, like in the two-faced “Chords”, first wrapped into stillness and then storming under Fryland’s well delivered drum hits; or in the more contemporary approach of “Russians”, whose lopsided paths deploy themselves and harmonize on Møllehøj’s guitar strings, blending pentatonic lines with clean and dry phrases.

An equally frank and pondered work, which turns on the spotlights on Gemmer and his excellent collaborators.

Alceste Ayroldi - Musica Jazz (ITA)

"This is quite a sublime album..."

Lance - bebop spoken here

"Søren Gemmer's combination of classical background and american jazz influence is a gem on new CD at first"

Philip Baron - host of Musiq3 on national radio in Belgium - RTBF

"I must say, I’m pretty surprised that a talent of this size is sneaking around at the edge of the Danish jazz scene. I hope we get to hear a lot more from this man and he may very well use the same musicians. Møllehøj is exceptionally impressive and Fryland once again he shows that he is something very special."

Niels Overgård - Jazznyt (DK)

"The harmonics and subtle colour that Søren Gemmer adds to each piece is wonderful to hear. at first is an invigorating debut that is easy to fall in love with quickly. A lush and moving work for any music fan. Start listening now..."

Stephan Moore - Jazzwrap

"10/10"

albumcheck.de

"5/6 - ...a mature and well-rounded work..."

Jens Christensen - LYDTAPET.net

"Kopen die hap!"

Peter van Belkom - mpodia.nl

"So, what are the songs? Hopelessly romantic or complex and sophisticated? at first shows that these two properties are not mutually exclusive and in this case are in perfect harmony. In addition to the picturesque harmonies, the band also establishes a varied character by well-executed improvisational passages on this quite successful debut album."

Mos Eisley Music (DE)

"This Danish pianist's debut album is a big surprise - the young man makes the impression of already being an accomplished and mature artist. Superbly composed themes by the band leader - both melodically attractive and spacious enough to constitute a starting point for improvisation. If we add to this the clear and warm sound on the recording - it turns out, that we are dealing with one of the most promising debuts of recent years."

Marek Romanski - Audio-Video Magazine (POL)

"...everything is impeccably balanced and elaborated."

Georges Tonla Briquet - Jazz Mozaik (BE)

Interviews

DR P8 - on at first
RadioSyndikatet - Jazzhatten - on at first
Lydtapet.net - Track-by-track breakdown of the songs featured on 'at first' - written by Søren Gemmer for Lydtapet (in Danish)'
CPH Metro Magazine - interview on living in Nørrebro and working as a cultural entrepeneur. (Whole magazine / the interview itself)
Skillingsavisen - No. 1 - a dishonourable mention in the supposedly satirical web magazine. A highly amusing must-read!
Skillingsavisen - No. 2 - another witty item from A.B.D Carlsen, this time around a review of a solo piano concert in May 2014.

Press Kit
Press Release - 'The Lark'

Press Release - The Lark (WhyPlayJazz RS028)

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'The Lark' - Album Cover

Album Cover - 'The Lark'

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