Kristian Kristian

Kristian’s latest album Silent Storm – released July 2016 - was recorded on a dark November day in 2015 at Curtis Schwartz Studio straight off the back of his quartet’s Autumn tour around England. The writing on this, Kristian’s third album, is colorful and stylistically diverse and is concentrated exclusively around his accomplished group, putting the sounds of guitar and piano backed by a strong and emphatic rhythm section in the centre of the recording. The Danish Jazz Magazine, Jazz Special, describes the result as “…hard swing, lively post bop and mellow Nordic melancholy to edgy jazz-rock fusion is delivered with great force and a controlled ferocity which suits the quartet well.” The quartet, which features the inspiring efforts of Arthur Lea (p), Mick Coady (b) and Jon Scott, has been playing together since 2009: “This feels like a ‘proper’ working band throughout, with a flexible and intelligent rapport honed by several years of playing together.” (The Jazz Mann). The synchronicity of the band and the level of the music was noted by Peter Jones at London Jazz News: “This is confident, sophisticated work at every level – composition, arrangement, execution - and a pleasure to listen to throughout.” The Silent Storm tour of England, Wales and Denmark was kindly supported by Arts Council England.

Kristian released his second album as a bandleader in 2014 Urban Novel drawing inspiration from the cityscape as a personal homage to life in the metropolis. The album, his first on Jellymould Jazz Records, features his working quartet as well as British vibraphonist and two time Down Beat Reader’s Poll nominee, Jim Hart, who joined in the creation of a rich sound palette consisting of guitar, piano and vibes. The music on Urban Novel with its strong sense of melody set in a contemporary ‘sound- scape’, has been described as being “clean, cool, precise and contemporary” – (The Scotsman). Jazzwise reviewer Selwyn Harris said, “Borring's set of originals are engaging and their subtle rhythmic and harmonic twists add to the interest”. Commenting on Kristian’s continuous ability as strong melodic player, All About Jazz ‘s Bruce Lindsey described Kristian’s playing as a “warm, open tone - a welcoming sound that draws and holds the attention”. Lance Liddle from Bebop Spoken Here added “one of the finest, most tasteful and accomplished guitarists on the scene, with Jim Hart - one of the world's great vibraphonists - in the mix, the result is another triumph for the Danish guitarist and his team.” The group received Arts Council England tour support upon the release.

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intense and cool playing – Jazz Special

Borring plays with a contemporary edge whilst never losing his firm grip on the jazz guitar lexicon… a masterful exposition of jazz guitar and the small jazz combo – Bebop Spoken Here

strong rhythmic urgency…a lot of discipline and a compelling drive to the playing – Marlbank

A COOL, LUMINOUS BREEZE once again permeates the classy grooves of Danish guitarist Kristian Borring’s original music… The guitarist’s clear improvisatory journeyings, as always, catch the attention – AP Reviews

[KB Quartet] swing like the well-established unit they are, sounding slick and hip, but melodic throughout; despite their modernity, they play with one foot anchored in the jazz tradition – London Jazz News

This is a guitarist who eschews histrionics, Borring’s is an understated virtuosity and he favors a pure, clean sound. – The Jazz Man

His guitar work, like the overall feel of the music, is clean, cool, precise and contemporary. – The Scotsman

A good set of well played compositions with a band exercising a strong sense of control and empathy”...“gentle sophistication… – BBC Radio 3

As the album title implies, Urban Novel is a musical tale of life in the metropolis

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