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Lovedale: Coziness Kills (Ilk Music)

Lovedale's third album after winning 2007 Jazz album of the year in the Danish Music Awards, this album includes guest reedist Chris Speed and trumpeter Cuong Vu; great playing in a 60's Shorter/Miles mode.

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product information:

UPC: 5707471013847

Label: Ilk Music
Catalog ID: ILK161CD
Squidco Product Code: 12652

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Denmark
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recordd February 22, 2008 at Manhattan Beach Recording, New York by Kathrine Miller.


Jesper Lovedal-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone

Jacob Anderskov-piano

Jonas Westergaard-doublebass

Anders Mogensen-drums


Cuong Vu-trumpet

Chris Speed-tenor saxophone, clarinet

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track listing:

1. Abdullah I 8:27

2. Cheers In Heaven 7:34

3. M/S Invention 9:02

4. Pudsig Pigtråd 11:13

5. Fra Flintholm Til Femøren 6:15

6. Coziness Kills 6:29

7. The Missing Manual 5:40

8. Sucre Trouvé 5:23
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"Coziness Kills is the third album with Lovedale following the Danish Music Award-winning album, Grill Music (Jazz album of the year 2007). The music is moving toward less form and more melody. Less conventions and more subtlety. Less genre and more universal music. Less Coziness. The CD proves a long musical cooperation Lovedale has had with Cuong Vu, since their first meeting on Grill Music. Chris Speed is probably the most personal clarinet and saxophone player in jazz today, giving the instruments a new lyrical sound."-Ilk Music

"Communicative and freely approached soul music is what this quartet is about. The sound is Nordic and Scandinavian though swingin' and the repertoire is mostly tunes by bandleader and saxophone player Jesper Løvdal.

Jakob Anderskov plays piano and is the hottest new name in Danish modern jazz right now. His piano playing is very personal which can be heard on the 2 albums he recorded with his trio including American bassist Michael Formanek.

Jonas Westergaard is playing upright bass in the band when he is not touring and playing with Oliver Lake, John Tchicai, Tim Berne, Michael Blake and Jimmy Cobb to mention some of the many musicians who use his energetic and melodic playing.

Anders Mogensen has been one of the leading modern jazz drummers in Denmark for the last 10 years. He has recorded with Gary Thomas, Niels Lan Doky, Copenhagen Art Ensemble, Ray Anderson among many others. His playing is complex but swinging and his personal sound on the drums is an important part of the music played in the band."-Jesper Lovedale website

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Artist Biographies:
"Chris Speed is a composer, clarinetist and saxophonist - and is "one of the principal figures in a dynamic left-of-center jazz/improv scene in the city" (NYTimes). His own bands include Endangered Blood, Human Feel, yeah NO, Trio Iffy, Pachora and The Clarinets. He is a founding member of Jim Black's Alas No Axis and John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet (two of the most influential working bands today), works with Uri Caine (deconstructing works by Mahler, Mozart, Bach, Schoenberg, Gershwin) and maintains a busy career of touring, recording, performing, composing, practicing and teaching. Current projects include work with Craig Taborn's Heroic Frenzies, Michael Formanek's Ensemble Kolossus, Dave King's Trucking Co., Matt Mitchell Quartet, Mary Halvorson's Reverse Blue, Banda de los Muertos (NYC's only Banda band), as well as touring his latest project, Endangered Blood (with Black, Trevor Dunn and Oscar Noriega) which was featured on NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts in 2012. (Endangered Blood 2010, Work Your Magic 2013 Skirl). "Speed's Endangered Blood originals stand out as his most melodically generous, accessible and warm batch of compositions he's yet to produce." -DownBeat ****Born in 1967, Speed grew up in the Seattle area where he met future colleagues Jim Black and Andrew D'Angelo, all of whom ended up in Boston in the late 80's where they formed Human Feel with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. (Scatter 1992, Welcome to Malpesta 1994, Speak To It 1996, Galore 2007). While in Boston he studied at New England Conservatory and graduated in 1990. By 1992, after a short tour with the Artie Shaw Band (led by Dick Johnson), Speed moved to New York City where he started working with Tim Berne's (now legendary touring band) Bloodcount. (Unwound 1996, Discretion 1997, Saturation Point 1997, The Seconds 2006).In April 2006, he launched Skirl Records, a label dedicated to Brooklyn based creative music" -Chris Speed Website (

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