Blood Sweat Drum + Bass consits of 27 musicians – three drums, two bass players, two synthesizers, one guitarist, one working laptop and electronics, 16 horns and two singers.
The orchestra has been working with a wide variety of music including heavy metal, electronica, rock, pop, drum’n’bass, world music and – of couse – jazz.
Their latest album “On the Road to Damascus” was released in 2012. This time the music was inspired by the composer’s travels in the Middle East and the notes for the orchestra were written in the Arabic quarter tone scales.
Composer and conductor is Jens Christian “Chappe” Jensen. Besides his work with Blood, Sweat, Drum + Bass he delivers saxophone solos and horn arrangements for a great variety of Danish pop and rock stars.
Chappe is an associate professor at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus. He educates saxophone players and teaches big band arrangements.
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In The Spirit Of… is drum and bass heavy to be sure, yet BSD+Bass’ percussive force and the undulating rhythmic grooves are as much embedded in the full, stirring ensemble voice. And, if it doesn’t quite draw blood, it sure as hell raises a satisfying sweat.
~ All About Jazz.com (Ian Patterson)
Past and present, East and West. Opposites meet on a beautiful and eclectic album that is supported by a generous high-quality DVD that brims with more than two hours of material, including a fascinating road movie. The perfect introduction to an adventurous big band that deserves wide recognition.
~ All About Jazz.com (Jakob Bækgaard)
It’s a pleasure to find a band that is successful in mixing sophisticated sounds with palpable rhythms, balance head and heart.
~ Jazzweekly.com (George W