Philip Baron - host of Musiq3 on national radio in Belgium - RTBF
Søren Gemmer's combination of classical background and american jazz influence is a gem on new CD ‘at first’.
Stephan Moore - Jazzwrap (UK)
The debut album from the Soren Gemmer Quartet, At First, is one of those unassuming albums that lays everything out for you—quietly, smoothly and elegantly. The pianist got a late start to playing music but has blended a love of classical tradition with melodic jazz structures to create a engrossingly beautiful first session.
Russians opens the album with a soft but propelling drum beat and fully framed lines from Gemmer. The expressionism the quartet exude is exciting and fresh. Mollehoj's guitar perfectly blends with trio giving the group a distinct quality that sets them slightly apart from many of their contemporaries within the region.
Heavy keys and dense patterns mark the title track. With some enveloping chords that feel like a chamber piece but yet filled with vitality. You can sense this is a session and piece in particular, is one that the quartet are enjoying greatly.
The harmonics and subtle colour that Soren Gemmer adds to each piece is wonderful to hear. At First is an invigorating debut that is easy to fall in love with quickly. A lush and moving work for any music fan. Start listening now...
Sean Smith - Tokyojazznotes (JAP)
Stay Silent is a beautiful piece of music, its full, rich melody is something that draws the listener back again and again. ...
Masterful from start to finish, At First is an album that grows in strength with repeated listens and marks the arrival of a new talent.
Lance - Bebop spoken here (UK)
This is quite a sublime album.
Peter van Belkom - Mpodia (NL)
Ulf Hundeiker - albumcheck (DE)
Jens Christensen - Lydtapet.net (DK)
5/6 - Det er et modent og velafrundet debutalbum, Søren Gemmer har leveret.
Niels Overgård - Jazznyt (DK)
Søren Gemmer spiller velovervejet og overraskende modent... Jeg er ret overrasket over at der i yderkanten af dansk jazz sniger så stort et talent rundt. ... Jeg håber at vi kommer til at høre meget mere til ham - og gerne med disse musikere. Møllehøj imponerer i sjælden grad, mens Fryland endnu gang understreger, at han er noget særligt.
Georges Tonla Briquet - Jazz Mozaik (BE)
...everything is impeccably balanced an elaborated...
Peter Bacon - thejazzbreakfast (UK)
This is apparently a debut album, which I find hard to believe. It sounds more like a mature work from a composer clear about his direction and having moved a few stations down the line already.
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