|Rustle, blast, scratch and howl. The world is noisy (and a great place to live)… At Copenhagen Jazzfestival 2011 Danish guitarist and composer Mark Solborg invited the legendary British saxophonist and improviser Evan Parker to join his trio and the fabulous american trumpetplayer Herb Robertson. An unusual and unique meeting across borders and generations was at hand. The group played three exclusive concerts in Copenhagen, one at Århus International Jazzfestival and spent a day in the studio - documenting discoveries made during the concerts. What you hear on The Trees is a selection of what happenedthat day. Solborg describes the project as an essential peak in his work with improvised music. Theextreme collective awareness of all 5 players, and Parkers deeply rooted aproach, gives the music an almost symphonic caracter - like a walk through an arboretum (a botanical garden of trees). This music is not about on eway soliloquies but a conversation between equal musical landscape-architects. Listen carefully and you will find a curious world of views, light and tales within the sounds and shapes carefully molded by these master musicians. British piano player and composer Django Bates par excellence has added the very poetic linernotes on The Trees.
With 12 releases as leader or co. leader and performances at leading European jazz festivals Solborg has established himself with clear defined imprints on the Danish and International Jazz- and Improv-scene. His production includes both composed and improvised music. Besides Eillertsen, Parker & Robertson collaborators include Chris Speed, Hank Roberts, Paal Nilssen-Love, Francesco Bigoni, Marc Lohr, Lotte Anker, a.o. His work as guitarist and composer has received substantial international recognition.
“Solborgs 4+4+1 nonet moves like a proud ship with all sails up into the wind, carrying a dear treasure delivered with great trust and loving care. It is set ashore on the pier of this years most exquisite Danish jazz” - Bjarne Søltoft, Jazznytt, Norge
“. ..stunningly built up from a palette of tonal colors. Solborg’s CD impresses.” - Ken Waxman, New York City Jazz Record