Slow East­bound Train ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - COR­MAC LARKIN

Edi­tion Jazz tubaists are a rare breed, so to say that Daniel Herskedal is one of the most in­no­va­tive might not be say­ing all that much. But it’s clear from his sec­ond al­bum for UK la­bel Edi­tion – the fol­low up to 2012’s ex­cel­lent Neck of the

Woods – that what­ever the in­stru­ment, here is a player and a com­poser who is reach­ing for some­thing fresh. Sure, there is that spa­cious, pin­ing-for-the-fjords sound you might ex­pect from a mu­si­cian born in Nor­way and based in Copen­hagen, but there are also Mediter­ranean flavours, with Ara­bic melodies and Balkan grooves chan­nelled through Herskedal’s big, soft­spo­ken tone. Pi­anist Ey­olf Dale and per­cus­sion­ist Helge An­dreas Nor­bakken add weight, and the ex­cel­lent Trond­heim Soloists string orches­tra give the whole thing a be­guil­ing, cin­e­matic qual­ity. edi­tion­records.com

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