The sophomore album of SG, The Lark, was released by German label WhyPlayJazz on February 26th.
The reception has so far been highly favourable, Phil Barnes of AllAboutJazz (US), Niels Overgård of Jazznyt (DK) and Mike Collins of London Jazz News (UK) are quoted here:
The Lark is a wonderful track that builds gradually, Gemmer’s piano solo in particular setting things up admirably, allowing La Cour to release the tension just before the three minute mark. It is no exaggeration to say that the piece and the solo stand comparison with the likes of the late Kenny Wheeler, and the only complaint is I’d have liked it to go on longer.
…Gemmer has assembled a band that is both technically excellent and where the musicians also appear to enjoy playing together. This, alongside the high quality of the recording, contributes to the sense of space and dynamics in the music and makes for a highly enjoyable piece of modern jazz. Highly recommended.
Phil Barnes, AllAboutJazz’s review of The Lark (US)
…An attention to the flow of melody prevails. The musicians are unfolding Gemmers intelligent contemporary jazz compositions. It’s the kind of jazz that’s ripe with detail. Gemmer puts forth a range of ideas and succeeds in tying them together. … Søren Gemmers The Lark is a very strong and recommendable album. An album, that builds upon the debut, yet appears as something new and different.
Niels Overgård, Jazznyt’s review of The Lark (DK)
…Gemmer’s personality as a writer is stamped all over this set of arresting pieces that demand attention without ever shouting. The playing is effortless, always in service of the mood. An excellent set.
Mike Collins, London Jazz News’ review of The Lark (UK)