Simon Toldam Orkester – Stork: Bells of Sunday

Fri, Jul 25, 2014, 00:00


Bells of Sunday

Simon Toldam Orkester - Stork



Danish pianist and composer Simon Toldam has one foot in the European avant-garde and the other in old-school free jazz. His small group work, with drummer Han Bennink and his own trio, reveals a thoughtful and lyrical player, interested in the silence around the notes, but one who also likes to visit the noisy edges of musical expression. Toldam’s Orkester, named after the bird that traditionally brings new life into the world, is actually a sextet, with horns recalling Charles Mingus, George Russell and Ornette Coleman, but also alive to a more contemporary European aesthetic. Bells of Sunday is part of adventurous Copenhagen label ILK’s new White Label series, available – wait for it – in limited-edition vinyl only. It’s amazing what they can do with technology nowadays.