|Just listen to the title track on jazz-and-more guitar virtuoso Søren Lee's new album - an imaginative medium-tempo 5/8 blues, where the guitar sings out a potent musical invitation to "think outside of the box" and embrace a beautifully diverse world. Like a classical Danish hero Søren combines strength, beauty and art, wielding his guitar to create music, which balances raw emotion with mature artistic ideas. His ambition is to touch the listeners heart with a deep-felt declaration of love.
Danish guitarist Soren Lee is joined by organist/pianist Jesper Nordenström, double bassist Mads Vinding, and drummer Martin Andersen. Lee is a highly skilled player, but his semi-distorted, growly tone on some tracks is reminiscent of John Scofield to the point of being derivative. In particular, "Living Now" and "Groove Commitment," with their churning, New Orleans-style funk grooves, bring Lee a bit too close to Scofield's signature sound. Mellow jazz pieces like "Silent Beauty," "Grace," and "Kati" find Lee sounding a bit more distinctive, and "New Possibilities" shows what he can do on a blistering, bop-oriented blues. The acoustic ballads -- "When You Are Near," "Ballad for the Soul" (featuring guest Lelo Nika on accordion), and "Freedom in Life" -- are pretty, if a bit vanilla; Nordenström's washy organ pads give them a certain sleepiness. In fact, Nordenström plays very little piano on the record, and one wishes that weren't the case, although the presence of both organ and bass in the same combo has its appeal. ~ David R. Adler, All Music Guide