In the summer of 2009, Danish jazz guitarist Thomas Maintz released his debut album, This is the Color…The title refers to a painting by Miró, and this painting and other masterpieces by great artists were the inspiration for several of the album's compositions.
The album's musical depth and profundity has received an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from the Danish music critics. Jazz Special, Denmark’s leading national jazz magazine, has this to say about the album: …a generous gift to jazz aficionados everywhere, on both a national and international level.
…dynamic, thoroughly integrated, streamlined improvised music of the highest contemporary caliber.”
…exquisite, through-composed, abstract melodic pearls
…music of great melodic beauty and intensity
This is the Color… was furthermore selected for a half-hour spotlight presentation on the leading Danish jazz radio program, Jazz on P2
Thomas Maintz performs on This is the color… together with some of Denmark's most gifted and exciting musicians - saxophonist Jesper Løvdal (Lovedale, Kresten Osgood), bassist Thomas Fonnesbæk (Thomas Clausen) og drummer Morten Lund (Stefano Bollani, Sinne Eeg).
The album's visuals are the creation of Swedish art photographer Kajsa Gullberg, who has been the inspiration behind several books. The cover of This is the color… was selected as one of the artworks for The Face of Jazz (Jazzens Ansigt) exhibition in the summer of 2009.