Unicorn

by Morten Schantz

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about

This album was recorded in Copenhagen November 2012 and later in Morocco in March 2013. The music is based upon Morten Schantz' trio adding a strong emphasis on percussion grooves as well as introducing World music sensibilities.

Press quotes:

… It’s an intoxicating concoction that marks a high point in the
pianist’s career to date. His pronounced two-handed technique on
flowing solos embraces both classical and jazz vocabulary and is
evocative of Brad Mehldau at his mercurial best…
Ian Patterson, All About Jazz (US online reviews)

…A masterpiece of an instrumental jazz album with the sound of
Morocco as a backdrop… The music on “Unicorn” has the same in-
your-face, progressive, repetitive character as on the albums of
E.S.T. The album is a formidable, complete, and compelling effort…
Ivan Rod, Gaffa (Danish magazine and online)

…Unicorn marks an immediate highlight of Schantz’ career. Unicorn
might just candidate for Album of the Year…
Niels Overgaard, Jazznyt (Danish jazz blogger/critic)

… Harmonic compelling, rhythmically bullet-proof and with a
sophisticated sense of melody that thrils me with each listening...
Niels Christensen, Jazz Special (Danish magazine)

credits

released February 15, 2014

Morten Schantz – Piano
Morten Ankarfeldt – Double bass
Janus Templeton – Drums
Ayi Solomon – Percussion
Omar Azrour – Rebab
Saad Chainane – Oud & Ginbri
Lyna Ben El Mouaz El Slimani El Hassani – Vocals
André Jensen – Trombones
Students of ISADAC – Choir

Recorded November 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark & March 2013 in Marrakech and Rabat, Morocco
Engineered and mixed by Kristian Thomsen
Mastered by Mikkel Gemzøe

Produced by Morten Schantz & Kristian Thomsen

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Morten Schantz Copenhagen, Denmark

Morten Schantz is a pianist, composer and bandleader born 1980 in
Denmark. He is a member and the founder of progressive
art-rock-jazz band, JazzKamikaze, and also the leader of solo groups. By 2014 he has released 8 albums including 4 solo albums. Schantz has won several awards based on his
work with JazzKamikaze as well as receiving two grammy
nominations for his solo work.
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