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Kasper Villaume Quartet: #2

Kasper Villaume’s last album, 117 Ditmas Avenue, is an impressive trio date that announced an accomplished, aggressively two-handed young Danish pianist. This quartet session, #2, actually predates that announcement. It was recorded in December 2002, 18 months prior to 117 Ditmas Avenue, and it reconfirms that this pianist is for real.

Villaume is atypical of most gifted young improvising musicians now coming out of Scandinavia. He is less interested in accessing his Nordic cultural roots to bring fresh sounds and concepts into jazz, and more interested in beating the best modern-mainstream players in New York at their own game.

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