Danish trombonist Lis Wessberg has enjoyed a 30-year career as a side(wo)man with a whole host of jazz and pop stars, touring internationally and featuring on more than 40 albums.
Now, three decades after graduating from the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, she prepares to release her debut album Yellow Map (1st Oct, April Records).
The nine original compositions showcase the mellifluous melding of the acoustic trombone with more electronic and groove-based elements - as well as a special guest appearance of long-time collaborator drummer/percussionist Marilyn Mazur.
The tunes were written specifically for this lineup - pianist Steen Rasmussen, bassist Lennart Ginman and drummer Jeppe Gram - bringing a real sense of familiarity to the proceedings and allowing that unpredictable air of mystery and risk-taking that defines many great albums.
Wessberg herself cites ‘Cool Jazz’ icons such as Lee Konitz, Ben Webster, Chet Baker as major influences. It’s perhaps apparent in her personal approach, but the overall effect is much more cinematic: layers of sounds and instruments provide light and darkness, sincerity and excitement, joy and reflection.
Above all, though, Wessberg stays true to her concept that a good melody and a full, rich sound are the two most important elements of both performing and composing.
She leads the way with a vocal trombone tone filled with warmth and emotion.
released October 1, 2021
Recorded at Soundscape Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark, January 12th-14th, 2021
Lis Wessberg: Trombone
Steen Rasmussen: Fender Rhodes, Moog, Synths and Piano
Lennart Ginman: Bass and Electronics
Jeppe Gram: Drums
Marilyn Mazur: Balafon and Percussion on 'Sister M'
All compositions and arrangements by Lis Wessberg
Published by April Publishing ApS
Recorded by Louise Nipper
Mixed & mastered by Lars Nissen
Photo (front) by Kresten Hillerup
Photos (back) by Lennart Ginman
Linernotes by Henrik Wolsgaard-Iversen
Cover Design by Enrico Andreis
I finally got to see the band at Yes last year,was moved to tears and have the(partly) signed live version
I bought the double vinyl of this for my friend's daughters 18th,,a rugby playing drama school harpist in Calderdale ..Harmony of Nature just sets what is going to unfold and the moment it begins I feel the stress leaving me wattyness