Beat Snorre Kirk
- 218th & Vine02:36
- 4Blues Arabesque04:58
- 6Blues Overture04:33
- 9Bells, Bells, Bells04:36
Info for Beat
"Beat" contains eight of Snorre’s own tracks, as well as an anomaly in the form of a piece by bassist Juan Tizol (of Duke Ellington’s Orchestra) - the seldom heard and even more rarely performed piece, Zanzibar. “It’s certainly not a coincidence that the number is included,” Snorre explains. “I’ve been working on some of jazz’s more exotic pieces, so crossing paths with Tizol was inevitable. His ‘Caravan’ from 1936 created a school in itself, and his ability as one of the first to create music inspired by, for example – Latin music – is unparalleled.” Zanzibar had fallen by the wayside for incomprehensible reasons, but is, like Snorre’s own music, pure joy. Glowing with colorful ele- ments, Zanzibar is a gem of a composition, and Snorre has felt a responsibility to keep it alive, while also using it as inspiration.
The remarkably flexible musical talent sits behind the drums in bands with some of the finest names of the Scandinavian jazz scene, and is also often heard with prominent international names such as Diane Schuur, Eric Reed, and Stephen Riley. For this session, Snorre Kirk has gathered a team of some of the toughest Scandinavian musicians, whom he has brought together to honor and pay tribute to their unique voices.
Tobias Wiklund, cornet
Jan Harbeck, tenor saxophone
Klas Lindquist, alto saxophone, clarinet
Magnus Hjorth, piano
Lasse Mørck, double bass
Snorre Kirk, drums
After skyrocketing onto the European Jazz Scene as a sideman with some of the finest names on the Scandinavian jazz scene today, as well as working with prominent international names such as Diane Schuur, Eric Reed and Stephen Riley, recent years have seen inter-scandinavian drummer Snorre Kirk emerging as a full-fledged artist and composer in his own right.
With Blues Modernism, the hugely successful 2012 debut outing from Snorre Kirk, that was subsequently awarded with the prestigious JazzSpecial Award in Denmark for "Album of the Year", as well as receiving two nominations in the Danish Grammy Awards, the drummer got an opportunity to showcase his remarkable qualities as a composer and as a bandleader. With the long-awaited 2015 release of his sophomore album,Europa, Snorre Kirk further cemented his position as one of Europe’s fastest rising jazz stars, with subsequent performances at prominent international festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, and even the Kansas City Art of Swing Festival.
With Drummer & Composer, set for a March 2017 release, and containing a nine-movement suite written for an extended septet-format, Snorre Kirk has realized his most ambitious project to date.
This album contains no booklet.