This article was originally published in Japanese in Jazz Japan vol.141

“Jazz Meets Classic” by a new generation of Danish guitarists focusing on music familiar that inspired them throughout their childhood… 

Jacob Artved initially demonstrated his admiration for modern jazz in his quartet’s live album featuring American drummer Louis Hayes at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2019. For the occasion of “Metamorphosis”, he changed the conception of the album with arrangements of songs composed by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Ravel and Poulenc.

Featuring instruments such as oboe, bass, drums, and 3 strings (violin, viola and cello), in this album one witnesses the expressive beauty of fusing chamber music and jazz-like dynamics. Rather than focusing on the assertion as a guitarist, Jacob’s skill of arranging with consideration for the balance of the sound shines through. “Poisson D’Or” by Debussy is a good harvest for fans because of Ben Besiakov’s immaculate performance. 

Released February 2022 (Stunt Records STUCD)

Line up:

Jacob Artved – guitar

Max Artved – oboe

Ben Besiakov – piano (on tracks 2 and 3)

Felix Moseholm – bass

Cornelia Nilsson – drums

Eliel Lazo – percussions (on track 3)

Kirstine Schneider – violin

Stine Hasbirk Brandt – viola

Joel Laakso – cello

Listen to the album on Spotify.
Buy Jacob Artved’s Metamorphosis album here.