I'm heading to the airport to pick up Maarten Ornstein, the saxophonist from Holland who will be performing a couple of duo concerts with me on the Reykjavik Jazz Festival this week.
Maarten's influences contain a great blend of traditional and ethnic music and I'm looking forward to exploring some different music with him.
We are planning on playing some originals, Monk, Frisell, the Beatles and some Turkish tunes and who knows what else.
Friday 14.8 at Reykjavik Jazzfest, Hannesarholt at 9pm.
Saturday 15.8 Bryggjan in Grindavík at 12 noon.
We will also play a little for the opening ceremony on Thursday at 7pm.
The new album is officially released now, and it's already received some flattering reviews. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:
“probably the brightest of all her releases to date."
— Stephan Moore, JazzWrap
“This could have been mistaken for not only an ECM record, but a very good ECM record."
— S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews
“It explores a melodic landscape where folk-like melodies and motifs shift in a manner reminiscent of Keith Jarrett’s albums made in the 1970’s."
— Tim Niland, Music and More
Momento, the opening track from Distilled is being played on the BBC 3 tonight on their Late Junction show, and I can only hope that this is the beginning of another warm reception. We were very lucky with the attention our last trio album received, but you never know how these things will go.