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“This quartet brings together different threads in my production in a way I had dreamed about for some time. It draws upon the large-scale music I have composed for a.o. Anderskov Accident, and yet has a spirit and a kind of awareness also found in my smaller groups and in my solo work.
The compositions here are all from a larger series of compositions with a metaphori- cal starting point concerning basic elements/ materials. (Other compositions from that series - a.o. Bone, Water, Wood & Soil - have found their way into the repertoire of other ensembles, and will probably appear on future albums).
The album title (Granular Alchemy) refers to these materials, with a focus on partly their tactility, partly the mental concept of them in culture/religion & science over the millenia, and partly the possible chances of transforming the materials or the concepts of them through conscious or mystic human actions.
It is an ongoing adventure to play this music with these musicians. I am grateful to be allowed to experience this.”
“For those who still didn’t know, there is by now no way around real- izing that Jacob Anderskov belongs to the most extraordinary artists of contemporary music... A high point in improvised Music... Rarely has one in recent times encountered a conceptually free and simulta- neously beautiful as well as exciting project.” - Hans-Jürgen von Osterhausen, Jazz Podium, germany. May 2010 (on Agnostic Revelations).
“Over the last decade or so, pianist Jacob Anderskov has emerged as one of the most exciting and original voices ... deeply modern...”
(4 stars of 5) - Peter Margasak, Down Beat, november 2010.
”Danish pianist Jacob Anderskov’s playing comes across to me as a quiet celebration, even in passages of high density or volume. His virtuosity is never in question, and his conception of note and chord relations is deliciously complex. Yet, every note is medita- tive, seemingly born of long introspection. Connoisseurs of the piano should take note, as this is one of the most original voices I’ve heard on the instrument in some time.” - Marc Medwin, Cadence Magazine (usa), April 2007.
"Granular Alchemy is an interpretation of what we see, hear, touch, smell, and feel, but it may also be the sound interpretation of us. Only in sound can it be this simple, and yet it sounds anything but simple." - John Book, This is Book's Music
"Jacob Anderskov is a Genius at the piano. In all vitality there is still lyricism, in all expressivity still serious restraint." - Ragazzi Music
"Over the past decade, pianist Jacob Anderskov has been one of the most prolific musicians to emerge from Denmark. The first piece is a sublime, hypnotic work featuring Speed's playful yet expressive clarinet with the piano-led rhythm team playing crashing waves underneath. Anderskov's piano solo is a pure, exquisite delight. This quartet does work extremely well together and sounds as if they have been playing for many years working as one solid creative force. When Mr. Anderskov gets his chance to stretch out, he shows how much of expressive and creative pianist he really is." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery.
" … fantastic Danish pianist Jacob Anderskov … , The pianist's compositions unfold slowly, but they feel linear. Cleaver gives the music an appealing slipperiness with his ability to smear time—accelerating and decelerating, playing ballad tempo against the grain on "Sediments," turning pulse into something that throbs more than it ticks." - Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
"Consistent, recognizable, original. Written in beautiful calligraphy, this remains a discrete manna raining from heaven."
- Alberto Bazzurro, All About Jazz Italy
"Jacob Anderskov‘s latest album, Granular Alchemy (ILK Music) has him playing with AgnosticRevelations, which includes Gerald Cleaver (drums), Michael Formanek (bass), and Chris Speed (saxophone and clarinet). The title give a slight hint as what to expect at first: the seeds (or in this case, sand granules) being placed somewhere, eventually leading to the creation of four firmly composed and written songs. Anderskov helps to make sure the path is clear for everyone, although everyone, especially Speed, goes their own way and it’s not a race to see who gets to the finish line first, but to simply enjoy the path each of them go towards reaching a common spot. Some of it sounds like a more beautifully constructed form of free jazz, but when each of them get to a place of commonality, the results are superb. Tracks like “Sediments”, “Sand”, and “Metal” are mere elements (figuratively and literally) towards the construction of the album, but when it gets to the two-part suite of “Wind/Skin”, one begins to truly sense what is being created.
Granular Alchemy is an interpretation of what we see, hear, touch, smell, and feel, but it may also be the sound interpretation of us. Only in sound can it be this simple, and yet it sounds anything but simple." - John Book, October 2012