Release: June 3rd, 2022
“A feast for fusion fanatics!” – MOJO Magazine
World champion chromatic harmonica player Mathias Heise brings his Quadrillion project back for a third installment of electrifying jazz fusion this summer, with their eponymous release on Giant Sheep Music (June 3rd).
Following the success of their 2017 album with Grammy winning George Duke producer Erik Zobler, the record showcases eight original Heise compositions which have been reworked and refined during a busy touring schedule on Denmark’s vibrant jazz scene.
Quadrillion’s original blend of funk, rock and jazz is delivered with electrifying guitar solos, squelching synthesizers, and hard-hitting beats to create an immersive experience of grooves.
Whilst Heise’s technical wizardry and jazz credentials on harmonica are a constant standout, his choice of band mates keeps the bar consistently high: powerful metric trickery is provided by drummer Aksel Stadel Borum, alongside the relentlessly funky bass playing of David Vang and the lush harmonic soundscapes of guitarist Mads Christiansen.
Packed with adventurous harmony and chromatically dense melodies, the juxtaposition between unapologetic, in-your-face rock grooves, a crooked 13/8 workout and strikingly beautiful cinematic ballads showcases the breadth of the ensemble’s capabilities.
In a final unexpected twist, the album ends with the euphoric climax ‘Hopeful Monsters’, which sees the quartet grow to a nine-piece ensemble featuring some of Denmark’s leading young horn players with intricate, syncopated big band-esque arrangements; a fitting end to an inventive, cohesive feat of modern musical innovation.
All this proving, as previously noted by All About Jazz, that “jazz-fusion can be accessible and ambitious at the same time.”
Mathias Heise | keyboards, chromatic harmonica
Mads Christiansen | guitar
David Vang | bass
Aksel Stadel Borum | drums
with special guest guests Anders Malta (trumpet), Oilly Wallace (sax), Jonas Due (trumpet/ flugelhorn), Frederick Menzies (sax) and Yohan Ramon (percussion)
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