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  • Concert Review
    Performing at Kulturhuset Islands Brygge, 2011

    ... and recently their follow-up 'Absorption' arrived [the bands second CD release] and it was the material from this release which laid the foundation for the concert, including the complex and in certain spots - oriental flavored 'Agama Suite' in two parts, where both cello and guitar gave a sparkling performance dissolving sense of time and place."

    The four musicians demonstrates an exemplary communication amongst each other and the synchronous interplay between the two Johns were tight and sound.
    They are also blessed with a rock solid and - at the same time - imaginative rhythm-section: [bassist] Morten Lundsby possesses both body and lots of melody in his playing and [percussionist] Ayi Solomon is capable of the rare ability to both accompany and tell his own stories without diverting the focus. And that emphasizes an expression of profoundness.

    But in the foreground we have the beautiful and sweeping melodic phrasings and the solid, razor-sharp rhythm, which makes Acoustic Sense an exceptionally, enjoyable and unusual musical experience.

    When at its best - it was almost magical.


    - by
    Henrik Palle – Politiken, 2011
  • Koncert Anmeldelse
    Live koncert på Kulturhuset Islands Brygge, 2011

    ...For nylig kom så opfølgeren ’Absorption’, og det var materialet fra den, der udgjorde substansen i koncerten, herunder den komplekse og sine steder orientalsk farvede ’Agama Suite’ i to dele, hvor såvel cello som guitar gnistrede og fik tid og sted til at forsvinde."

    De fire musikere kommunikerer forbilledligt godt med hinanden, og synkronspillet mellem de to melodiførende John’er var tæt og godt.
    Men de har også en på en gang bundsolid og fantasifuld rytmegruppe at udfolde sig oven på: Morten Lundsby har både krop og masser af melodi i sit spil, og Ayi Solomon formår den sjældne kunst at akkompagnere og fortælle egne historier på en og samme gang uden at stjæle opmærksomheden. Og det skaber dybde i udtrykket.

    Men i forgrunden står de smukt svungne melodiske formuleringer og den sikre, skarpe rytmik, som gør Acoustic Sense til en usædvanlig og behageligt atypisk musikalsk oplevelse.

    Når det var bedst, var det nærmest magisk.

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    Henrik Palle - Politiken, 2011
  • CD Review
    Absorption · Wayside Music, 2010

    Classy, interesting and even beautiful release by Danish guitarist and composer Sund. Jazz/world music is a great idea and genre filled with some really lame groups doing pretty much new age prettiness with little real content. Acoustic Sense are one of the best of the genre that I can think of. ...highly recommended.

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    Steve Fergenbaum – Wayside Music, 2010
  • CD Review
    Absorption · Jazz Special, 2010

    A new contribution to the by now all-embracing category ”World-Music”. The guitarist John Sund is often associated with the word virtuoso and his acoustic steel-string guitar playing on this record is no exception. But it is actually his compositions combined with the particular chosen line-up: double-bass, cello and drums/percussion, combined with the artists deep involvement in regard to the spirituality of the music, that makes a difference for me as a listener. Not only are they all true craftsmen but moreover they posses an idiom and a group-sound, which is finely integrated with the music that flows out of the speakers as the purest water from the eternal source.

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    Peter Rahbek – Jazz Special, 2010
  • Concert Review
    Performing at "Underværket" in Randers
    "Beautiful and intense music"

    Acoustic Sense is the name of this band and Thuesday evening they performed at "Underværket" in [the Danish city] Randers. The name of the band could translate into something like 'acoustic meaningfulness' and it was also absolutely a most rewarding experience, spending an evening together with the Danish quartet….

    ...From the very first musical note, one was aware of something extraordinary. Indescribable sound-pictures succeeded by african rhythms, Nordic inspired 'light melodies' and something that sounded as jazz standards... And the four virtuoso musicians - three danes and a ghanian - made the whole event turn out to be, not just an extremely beautiful - but also a most meaningful experience.

    They achieved that only by their acoustic instruments, guitar, cello and upright bass - and an impressive percussion/drum set-up, which required to be played standing up... ...we can without question claim that all of you who didn't attend this concert, missed out on something big. So now you know in case that Acoustic Sense should return.

    - by
    Jan Sisseck – Amtsavisen, August 25, 2010
  • CD Review
    New Gems · Politiken - Four stars ”I Byen” JAZZ

    …on guitarist John Sund’s latest CD-release “New Gems”, with John Ehde, cello, Lelo Nika, accordion, Thommy Anderson, Yadam Gonzalez, basses and Ayi Solomon, percussion and vocal in various combinations, he introduces a suite in 12 parts, in which impulses from Africa, Balkan is mixed with Flamenco music…

    … some of the pieces are worked out compositions, others improvised on the spot and also a couple of ‘soundscapes’ is included. The important thing though is, that it works out so evidently – and even when the music becomes energetic – it is performed with such ease, that the music speaks for itself.


    - by
    Boris RabinowitschPolitiken
  • CD Review
    New Gems · The German website Jazzdimensions
    You take one spoonful of Spanish sounding guitar, a pinch of darkish cello, a big lump of accordion sound, in various places some udu and a sprinkle of tinkling. Following you mix all the ingredients, while you add a sufficient dose of acoustic bass and after about 55 minutes, you get the basic substance of New Gems.

    It is a really interesting mix when you, while listening to the track “Along The Way”, is able to detect notes that reminds you of “Inchtabookatables” or “Apocalyptika’s” melodies, played by the cello, when the seriousness of these notes after a short while is brightened by the sunny sound from the 12-string guitar. And then subsequently in Lelo’s Song can hear a rousing accordion, which is able to reflect an open landscape while there, in the midst of it all, is a supporting group of musicians…

    This formation that John Sund has come up with in Acoustic Sense: Europe (guitars, accordion, cello, bass) Cuba (bass) and Ghana (percussion) is just as rich on facets as the music itself. The place to file this rising music is not easy, not even for their record company Cope Records.
    Quotation: “…with it’s mix of jazz, Serbian folk-music, European classical, African and Nordic music, you might as well call it a kind of World-music” – This you can easily endorse.


    - by
    Ulrike Kress
  • CD Review
    New Gems · Jazz Special, June 2003
    When one is capable of combining such varied instruments as guitar, accordion and cello in 13 extremely alternating and varied songs and make it work, then we are dealing with good Fusion music. Trying to label this music, which certainly isn’t easy with its hybrid of jazz, Serbian folk music, European classical, African and Nordic music, it must be as a kind of World music.
    Just considering the mix of musicians: a Serbian accordion-player, a classical cellist and a Ghanaian percussionist, makes its own statement.

    Five of the numbers on the CD is sheer improvisations, either as a duo or as collective improvisation performed by the whole orchestra, and they all possess spontaneity and inventiveness. ..

    …This is a beautiful CD-release.

    - by
    Jeppe Struve
  • CD Anmeldelse
    Absorption· Wayside Music, 2010

    Elegant, interessant og gennemgående smuk udgivelse af den danske guitarist og komponist John Sund. Jazz/world er en storartet idé og genre, der desværre optager mange kedelige grupper, der stort set ikke laver andet end pænt indpakket new-age musik med meget lidt indhold. Acoustic Sense hører derimod til en af de bedste indenfor denne genre. Anbefales på det kraftigste.

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    Steve Fergenbaum - Wayside Music/Cuneiform Records
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    Absorption · Jazz Special, 2010

    Et nyt bidrag til det efterhånden meget vidt favnende begreb "verdensmusik". Guitaristen John Sund nærmer sig hyppigt grænsen til det virtuose. Og hans akustiske stålstrengs-guitarspil på denne plade er ingen undtagelse. Men det er faktisk hans kompositioner og så instrumenteringen med kontrabas, cello og trommer/slagtøj som tilsammen med kunstnernes i "musikspirituel" henseende dybe engagement, der gør en forskel for mig som lytter. Ikke alene spiller de alle håndværksmæssigt rigtig godt. De har også et formsprog og en gruppe-sound, som virker fint integreret med den musik, der plutter ud af højttalerne som det reneste vand fra den evige kilde.

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    Peter Rahbek – Jazz Special, 2010
  • Koncert Anmeldelse
    Live koncert på ”Underværket” i Randers

    Acoustic Sense skabte med sin svært kategoriserbare, vellydende musik en intens stemning. Acoustic Sense hedder orkestret, som tirsdag aften spillede på Underværket. Navnet kan vel egentlig godt oversættes til akustisk mening – eller meningsfuldhed. Og det gav da også i høj grad mening at tilbringe en aften i selskab med kvartetten…

    …Fra første tone blev man klar over, at her ventede noget ganske særligt. Udefinerlige lydbilleder afløstes af afrikanske rytmer, nordisk inspirerede lyse melodiske temaer, og noget, der ligner jazz-standarter.
    Og de fire virtuose musikere – tre danskere og en Ghaneser – fik det hele til at hænge ikke bare vidunderligt smukt, men også meningsfuldt sammen.

    Det gjorde de ved hjælp af deres akustiske instrumenter, guitar, cello, kontrabas, samt en imponerende opstilling af trommer og perkussion, som fordrede, at perkussionisten stod op…
    …vi tør godt påstå, at alle I, der valgte ikke at møde op på Underværket, I gik glip af noget stort. Så ved i det, ifald, Acoustic Sense skulle vende tilbage.

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    Jan Sisseck - Amtsavisen, 25 august 2010
  • CD Anmeldelse
    New Gems · Politiken - Fire hjerter ”I Byen” JAZZ

    … på guitaristen John Sunds cd 'New Gems', med John Ehde, cello, Lelo Nika, Thommy Anderson og Yadam Gonzalez, bas samt Ayi Solomon, perkussion og sang i varierende kombinationer, præsenterer han en suite på 12 stykker, i hvilken impulser fra Afrika og Balkan blander sig med flamencomusik …
    …nogle af stykkerne er gennemarbejdede kompositioner, andre improviserede på stedet, og et par lyd-landskaber indgår ligeledes i helheden. Det afgørende er imidlertid, at det fungerer så naturligt - og at musikken - også når det går livligt til - er båret af en ro, der så at sige lader den tale på egne vegne.


    - af
    Boris Rabinowitsch – Politiken
  • CD Anmeldelse
    New Gems · Det tyske website Jazzdimensions
    Man tager en spiseskefuld med spansk klingende guitar, en knivspids mørk cello, et stort stykke akkordeon lyd, stedvis noget Udu og et drys bjældeklang. Derefter blander man alle ingredienserne medens man indimellem tilsætter en veldoseret akustisk bas og efter cirka femoghalvtreds minutter får man en god grundsubstans af New Gems.

    Det er en virkelig interessant blanding, når der i ”Along the Way” klinger toner, der minder om Inchtabookatables eller Apocalyptikas melodier, ud af celloen. Når disse toners tyngde så efter et øjeblik, lysnes af den solrige klang fra en 12-strengs-guitar. Og når så efterfølgende i ”Lelo’s Song” en glad æggende akkordeon formår at genspejle ekkoet af et åbent landskab, i hvis midte der på oaseagtig vis befinder sig en gruppe af musikere…

    Den af John Sunds sammensatte formation Acoustic Sense: Europa (ak. guitarer, cello, bas), Cuba (bas) og Ghana (perc.) er ligeså rig på facetter som musikken. Placeringen af den derved opståede musik er ikke nem, ikke engang for deres pladeselskab Cope Records. Citat: ”… med denne blanding af jazz, serbisk folkemusik, europæisk klassik, afrikansk og nordisk musik, må det vel være en slags World-Musik.” – Det kan man kun bekræfte!


    - af
    Ulrike Kress
  • CD Anmeldelse
    New Gems · Jazz Special, June 2003

    Når man formår at få så forskelligartede instrumenter som guitar, harmonika og cello til at fungere sammen i 13 yderst afvekslende og forskelligartede numre uden at miste det personlige kendetegn, så er der tale om god fusion. Hvis man skulle forsøge at hæfte en etiket på orkestrets stil, hvilket bestemt ikke er nem sag med dets blanding af jazz, serbisk folkemusik, europæisk klassisk, afrikansk og nordisk musik, så må det være en slags world/fusion. Bare blandingen af musikere; en serbisk accordeon-spiller, en klassisk cellist og en ghanesisk perkussionist, taler vist for sig selv.

    Fem af Cd’ens numre er rene improvisationer enten som duo eller som kollektiv improvisation fra hele orkestret, og de har alle en spontanitet og idérigdom over sig. ..

    …En smuk udgivelse.


    - af
    Jeppe Struve
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