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Recorded at the Sound Division studio in Riga, Latvia (2011)
Mixed and mastered in Denmark (2011)
Distributed by GATEWAY MUSIC (Denmark)

Outlook line-up:

CHRISTIAN FRANK guitar
DENISS PASHKEVICH saxophone
CLAUS KAARSGAARD double bass
ARTIS ORUBS drums

Frank/Pashkevich Quartet debut CD
REVIEWS FROM DENMARK ABOUT FRANK/PASHKEVICH QUARTET DEBUT CD "OUTLOOK"

Written by: Niels Overgaard, Jazznyt

Translated by: Steen Svanholm

Jazznyt

Jazz is a limitless being. Also at a concrete level, jazz is limitless. Just imagine all the Swedish and Norwegian jazz musicians who are now a natural part of the Danish jazz stage.

With his outlook, the guitarist Christian Frank has joined forces a musician from Latvia: The saxophonist Deniss Pashkevich who brings along the drummer Artis Orubs, while Christian Frank turns up with the Danish bassplayer Claus Kaarsgaard.

As a band, they have created a piece of frost bitten jazz. There are sketchlike numbers where Frank and Pashkevich test ideas. There are also unifying numbers where the melody becomes the supporting element. They are not afraid to experiment.

Musically, they end up not far from what we know from Jakob Bro. The music moves ahead intimately and floatingly. The encircling time stands still. There is a cool melancholy that does not get icy, thanks to the great collaboration of the quartet.

The music may very well be frost bitten but when you are from Denmark and Latvia, you are familiar with the cold. You need the cold seasons as a counterbalance to summer’s heat.

Written by: Ole Niemann, Jazz Special

Translated by: Steen Svanholm

Jazz Special

Jazz musicians from Denmark and the Baltics have collaborated for many years. The group Frank/Pashkevitch Quartet is the latest addition. The Latvian saxophonist and the Danish guitarist met each other in 2010 and formed the quartet along with a Latvian drummer and a Danish bassplayer.

The two leaders share the composing job almost equally. The music is basically in the vein of Jakob Bro where the supporting elements are mutedness, tranquillity, pauses and reflection. A mutedness that sometimes seems enervating but nevertheless contains passages of great beauty, created by both soloists and almost discretely backed by the “rhythm section”.

In three numbers, however, they change the pattern. Flip is a breath of fresh air with its rock inspired rhythm and in Silence and Chaos, they play around, convincingly, with free jazz. In Mom, the last number on the CD, we come very close to swinging jazz.

The group has a great potential and they ought to be on the programme of Copenhagen Jazzfestival.

credits

released December 18, 2012

Christian Frank guitar, composition
Deniss Pashkevich tenor saxophone, composition
Artis Orubs drums
Claus Karsgaard bass

recording: Ivars Ozols
mixing and mastering: John Formsgaard

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Deniss Pashkevich

Steeped in the tradition of John Coltrane, Deniss Pashkevich is a latvian flautist and saxophonist, producer, ad-libber, composer and educator with a profound calling

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