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SI­MON TOLDAM TRIO Kig Op 14 ILK

Thir­tysome­thing Dan­ish pi­anist Si­mon Toldam is not easy to pin down. His ex­ten­sive back cat­a­logue ranges freely over the con­tem­po­rary im­pro­vi­sa­tion land­scape, but how­ever “out” the mu­sic be­comes, there is al­ways an earth­i­ness and hu­man­ity in his play­ing. The ti­tle of his 10th re­lease as leader trans­lates as “look up”, a ref­er­ence to the things around us – “church steeples”, “noth­ing­ness”, “clouds” – that we sel­dom no­tice. Toldam has a sim­i­lar abil­ity to draw new at­ten­tion to the com­mon­place, rev­el­ling in the spa­ces be­tween the notes like a lat­ter-day Th­elo­nious Monk. And it is some­how re­as­sur­ing that a mu­si­cian who is ca­pa­ble of the most ab­stract free im­prov is care­ful not to ne­glect the “in” end of the spec­trum, like the al­bum’s charm­ingly sim­ple clos­ing blues. si­mon­toldam.com

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