Reviews

Peter Rosendal Old Man's Kitchen - Love for Snail (2014)

Review: "Orkester Journalen" Sweden, april 2015

PETER ROSENDAL / OLD MAN’S KITCHEN Love for Snail
Stunt STUCD 14062 / Time: 40:02

Peter Rosendal p, wurl, mel, flugabone, Kristian Jørgensen vl, Peter Fuglsang cl, bcl, Peter Jensen tb, Kasper Vadsholt b, Jeppe Gram dm, perc.
Recorded 2013/2014 in Copenhagen.

I dare say it’s the intelligentsia of the mid generation of Danish jazz gathered in this release: six musicians, all with an equally persuasive expression in the conventional genres of jazz as in the new genre created when notated art music meets improvisation.

Pianist Peter Rosendal – an instrumentalist with a divinely delightful, classic touch but also a curious, almost playful sense of more than just the grand piano – has written all of the music. Eight pieces, whose very titles tell us that we are going deep into the fanciful world of musical imagination. And we get there by way of an instrumentation that I think we haven’t heard before: violin, clarinet, trombone, Rosendal’s various key instruments, fretless bass and percussion.

Rosendal’s music is intelligent, with a constant humorous twinkle – still it never gets unrestrained or devoid of earnestness. It could be entertaining to list all sorts of possible and impossible influences he may have had – jazz, folk music, new and old art music, film scores – but you end up thinking it’s all deeply original and you come to like it because the intelligent never gets calculated, the fun never gets silly, and despite the tight framework, the soloists get to stretch out so that their performances become more than just vignettes. Rosendal makes plentiful use of Peter Fuglsang’s, Kristian Jørgensen’s and Peter Jensen’s ability to express motivistically meaningful things in very few bars.

Fellini would have chosen Peter Rosendal over Nino Rota for his film scores, and Ellington would have chosen him over Billy Strayhorn for Such Sweet Thunder if they were alive today or Rosendal had lived back then. It’s also fair to say that Django Bates finally has a rival for the title of European jazz’ most gifted anarchist.

If you like gracious, meaningful musical satire without coarse pastiche, this album is for you.

PETER H. LARSEN

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Love for Snail er et kalejdoskopisk værk, der tager mange farver undervejs. Det er swing og kammermusik på en og samme gang - uden at det vel at mærke bliver rodet. Peter Rosendal har begået et af sine mest ambitiøse albums til dato. Det er en plade der forlanger at blive lyttet til. Det er ikke muligt bare at lade den passere som lydtapet. Det er fornøjeligt og givende på en gang.

Niels Overgård


Als „Quentin Tarantino des dänischen Jazz“ wird Peter Rosendal in seiner Heimat von der Fachpresse gefeiert. Nun, der Vergleich stimmt nicht ganz. Wenn man „Love For Snail“ zugrunde legt, muss man Rosendal eher als „Jean-Pierre Jeunet des Fusion“ bezeichnen. Ähnlich wie der französische „Delicatessen“-Regisseur erweist sich der Däne als Konstrukteur einer skurrilen, an Genreverweisen und Irrwitz überreichen Parallelwelt, die man mit kindlichem Staunen und wohligem Geisterbahngruseln bewundert. Schon allein die Instrumentenzusammensetzung seiner Band Old Man’s Kitchen irritiert: Geige, Bassklarinette, Posaune, Fretless-Bass und Schlagzeug treffen auf Rosendals Piano, Wurlitzer, Melodika und Flugabone (ein übergroßes Flügelhorn). Dieses fein orchestrierte Ensemble produziert unerhörte, mehrdimensionale Imaginärfolklore, die mal so klingt wie Steely Dan auf Orff’schem Instrumentarium, der Soundtrack eines Lars-von-Trier-Films über Charlie Parker oder wie eine Musetteoper aus New Orleans. Django Bates unchained.
Josef Engels Jazz ting 105


Pianist and composer Rosendal has created one of the more diverse recordings in 2014, which is pretty impressive in and of itself, but that he’s made it so damn catchy is what elevates this album up to something quite special. A mix of jazz, folk, chamber, pop, and, really, about anything that seemed good at the time, he and his Old Man’s Kitchen ensemble never take a straight line to any destination, yet despite the twists and turns, there’s never any risk of sliding off the road. Rosendal utilizes a bunch of different keyed instruments, and is joined by Jrisian Jorgensen on violin, Peter Fuglsang on clarinets, Peter Jensen on trombone, Kaspar Vadsholf on bass, and Feppe Gram on drums. The adventurousness of a fairy tale. the textural fireworks of a kaleidoscope. Pick of the Week.
Dave Sumner, Wondering Sound


Det bästa i denna Stunt-bunt har jag sparat till sist. Om flera av de föregående skivorna ur högen klart och tydligt placerar sig mitt i sina respektive genrer, är det betydligt svårare att tala om var Peter Rosendal och hans Old Man Kitchen hör hemma.För originell och fantasifull är vad ”Love for Snail” är, lika kulört och lekfull som de frejdigt absurda bilderna på CD-omslaget. Det finaste av allt är att det inte låter det minsta tillgjort eller krystat. Det verkar helt enkelt som att Peter Rosendal tror att det är så här musik ska låta. Och det har han ju alldeles rätt i.
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