Reviews

REVIEWS OF MORTEN SCHANTZ GODSPEED

“Schantz proposes a convincing brand of post-fusion invention… The ghost of Weather Report dances freely here”

DOWNBEAT (US)

“… telepathic interaction between Schantz, Neset & Eger – lifts the album into the realms of the exceptional (and unmissable)… a group that really turn heads”

JAZZWISE (UK)

“Schantz gelingt es hier durchweg, mit seinem beiden Partnern eine hymnische Musik zu kreieren, die Melodisch ist, aber auch über explodierende Freiheiten verfügt, um durchgängig in den Bahn zu ziehen”

JAZZTHETIK (DE) 

“Morten Schantz Godspeed has shot straight to the top of this reviewers ‘best of’ list, and it’ll take something special to displace it. Godspeed is a truly modern and engaging piece of original jazz”

JAZZ IN YORK (UK)

“Tolle Jazzfusion, nicht nur für die Ravekids-Generation!”

JAZZPODIUM (DE)

“A swirl of exploratory playing”

THE LONDON EVENING STANDARD (UK)

“Morten Schantz is a European jazz name we’re going to get used to hearing.”

THE GUARDIAN (UK)

“Godspeed unceasingly rewards repeated plays and easily qualifies as one of the most exciting and engaging recordings for a long time. Schantz has surely now found his true métier”

ALL ABOUT JAZZ (UK)

“This album is for me no doubt a phenomenon that brings new life to the fusion music of today”

LABORATORIUM MUZYCHNYCH FUZJI (PL)

“Das Experiment gelingt. So vital kann Fusion klingen”

JAZZTHING (DE)

“Morten Schantz hat mit seinen Bandkollegen ein Konzept entwickelt, das gleichermaßen retro wie futuristisch wirkt. Mit viel Dynamik und Spielfreude kann »GODSPEED« absolut begeistern”

NORDISCHE MUSIK (DE)

“Extraordinary achievement …The last decade was characterized by jazz-rock reminiscences, but mostly it was missing animal energy and originality. I salute Schantz – “Godspeed” as that rare exception”

JAZZPORT (CZ)

“The first blossoming of a truly Nordic super group…Put the cat out, sit back, grab a cushion, open a bottle of wine, borrow your neighbour’s hot wife, whatever, but relax, keep up and play it loud…Will we hear from a better trio this year? Nope. When I drive around Europe in the summer, Godspeed is coming with me.” 

WEXFORD ECHO (IRL)

“It feels so fresh. All Twelve Titles and nearly 50 minutes are full of surprising turnarounds, changes of sound and individual interplays: fusion at its best”

AUDIO MAGAZINE (DE)

“Weather-proof jazz of a stormy kind”

THE IRISH TIMES (IRL)

“Schantz is able to embrace a carefully constructed dramaturgy as his music often explodes or unfolds in melodic hooks that are so grand that they would fit a stadium. Godspeed is the closest thing that sophisticated jazz fusion will come to pure pop music”

ALL ABOUT JAZZ

“Pianist Morten Schantz has been a prominent and pioneering figure on first the Danish, then international jazz and fusion scene for more than a decade.”

THE ARTS DESK (UK)

“Godspeed is contemporary fusion jazz of the highest caliber”

GAFFA (DK)

“A word of warning. Before playing Morten Schantz’s Godspeed please fasten your safety-belt. You are about to be catapulted into the power-packed, high-energy risk-taking territory where big beasts like Chick Corea’s Return To Forever, The Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather report once roamed.”

JAZZWISE MAGAZINE (UK)

“Godspeed is an intelligent as it is well-executed tour-de-force of contemporary electronic rhythmic music”

JAZZ SPECIAL (DK)

“Schantz’s performances are full of surprises and his writing brings together heavy synths with beautifully dusty acoustic piano, intricate and visceral drumming and saxophone playing that varies from grunt-filled post-bop solos to smooth, pop-influenced melodies”

 HEALTHY MUSIC OBSESSION (AUS)

“Jazz fans will find plenty on this album with which to engage and some interesting use of orchestral arrangements”

THE AUSTRALIAN (AUS)

“Schantz’s layers of pianos and synths are an atmospheric sounding board for a tight, interactive trio completed by Marius Neset’s virtuosic sax and the pounding thump of Anton Eger’s drums. Rigorous structures focus mood while leaving ample room for the musicians to stretch out.” 

THE FINANCIAL TIMES (UK)

“…offers an exhilarating listening experience. It can also be highly recommend for Weather Report fans looking for new music.”

JAZZ POSSU (FI)

“…tough and virtuosity and rhythmic, melodically and harmonically exciting from start to finish… a small group that in its best moments is able to take modern fusion music a step further.”

TOR De JAZZ/NETTAVISION (NO)

“This album under Schantz’s own name reflects the energy of their previous band, JazzKamikaze, but combines more ambitious arrangements, richly coloured by Schantz’s fearsome arsenal of synths and keyboards, with a gleefully unfettered muscularity that pervades much of the recording.”

THE SCOTSMAN (UK)

“Godspeed is some of the best electronic jazz I have heard in a long time. The partnership between Schantz and Neset is comparable to that of Zawinul and Shorter”

JAZZNYT (DK)

“Sometimes the CD sounds like Weather Report on Speed. Schantz and his colleagues …shine with frenetic, closely interlinked grooves… power jazz.”

CONCERTO MAGAZINE (AUT)

“On Jazz Now I will demonstrate to the public how Weather Report would sound in 2017 — with Morton’s new CD”

HR2 KULTUR (DE)

“This album is a very enjoyable experience that brings meaning to the trio form that is different from the usual, raises the pulse sometimes, and sometimes creates unique feelings with the atmosphere created. The dynamic flowing lines that turned into sound waves, a sharp signature album as individual talents of silver gray letters written Godspeed . Musical memory in your Edition Records Open an exquisite album released by the label more places.”

KAZKOLIK (TURKEY)

“One of this month’s must-hear albums”

RECORD COLLECTOR MAGAZINE (US)

“The music is full of life and it’s really vibrant & bold…This album is a great representation of some of the most vital music bursting onto the European scene.”

CLAIRE MARTIN, BBC RADIO 3 (UK)

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