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  • 1Take Off07:02
  • 2Out There12:14
  • 3Floating Squaw08:49
  • 4Rock Train10:17
  • 5Next To The Mountain10:35
  • 6Sweet Silence06:23
  • Total Runtime55:20

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John Coltrane died on the 17th of July in 1967, at age 40. Jimi Hendrix died on the 18th of September in 1970 at the age of 27. Despite their early departures, their musical legacies grow in reach and importance with each passing year. Many have built on where they left off and wondered how would it have sounded if Jimmy Hendrix and John Coltrane had crossed paths while they were alive. The meeting between Coltrane’s cosmic and Jimi’s psychedelic universes might well have been something that we hear from this recording with guitarist Mikkel Nordsø, the “Swedish-Dane” tenor saxophonist Tomas Franck, Ben Besiakov on keyboard, Anders “AC” Christensen on bass, and the legendary American drummer, Alvin Queen.

Nordsø explains the birth of the project: “When I first heard Hendrix as a 12 or 13-year-old, I thought he was shy because he burned his own guitar, but then I heard him play and flipped out! It was so wild, and like John Coltrane on recordings such as “A Love Supreme,” it blew my mind as a 9-year-old – they are the musicians who inspired me (and many with me) the most when I was young. I’ve always wanted to play some well- amplified guitar mixed with the sound of Coltrane Jazz... and the first time I heard Alvin Queen play, I realised the possibility of the perfect line-up for it. Elvin Jones was his mentor, and he is the best live jazz drummer in my life today. Tomas Franck is not only the champion of the Coltrane style, he also has this cosmic thing I’m looking for, and so do Ben and AC, who are great musicians in both rock and jazz.”

With these words, Nordsø and company have gone into the psychedelic/cosmic studio... and listeners: buckle up! It sounds incredible!

Mikkel Nordsø, guitar
Tomas Franck, tenor saxophone
Ben Besiakov, keyboards
Anders Christensen, bass
Alvin Queen, drums

Mikkel Nordsø
(born 1955) autodidact allmost! At the age of 11, he studied flamenco guitar at Christian Sievert. 15 years old, he became a member of Palle Mikkelborgs project V8, and the pioneer latin/funk group Buki-Yamaz. As an instrumental front person in Sneakers and Anima (1980-85) he added rockguitar playing, new dimensions in DK. Starting Mikkel Nordsø Band in 1985 he created a platform for composing, which can be heard on MNB’s 7 albums. On the 3 albums with Acoustic Guitars, 2 albums with Bombay Hotel and 1 album with Timewave he contributes as a composer, as well as developing his skills on the acoustic guitar. Again as the main composer he released in 2008 the DUO album with Tine Rehling (harp), the Blue Lotus album (2009), his solo album Five Steps 2 Seven (featuring Terri Lyne Carrington) (2010), Blue Lotus album, Seven Continents (2014), with Tine Rehling and Ole Theill and his latest album with Mikkel Nordsø Band, Diving In Space For 3 Decades (2015) feat. David Sanborn and Palle Mikkelborg.

M.N. has recorded/performed with an endless number of renowned artist in DK and abroad, has toured in Scandinavia, Europe, Greenland, Faro Islands, USA, Canada, Brasil, Mexico, Guatemala, Indonesia, Marokko, South Africa, Ghana, Mali , South Korea, India and Thailand.

(Lakshminarayana Global festival 2005 with a.o. Dr. L. Subramaniam, Kavita Krishnamurti, Stanley Clarke and George Duke) and Copenhagen Jazzfestival 2005 With Thomas Clausen oktet featuring Gary Burton (US) In 2004 Raul Rekow (US) joines Mikkel Nordsø Band when not touring with Santana. In 2005 Mikkel Nordsø band played at Bombay and Dehli jazzfestival, and 2006 at Hua Hin Jazzfestival Thailand. 2007 he was touring DK with Lan Doky project featuring David Sanborn, Randi Brecker, Terri Lyne Carrington, Gino Vanelli and Lisa Nilson. In 2009 and 2010 he played Rio Harp Festival with Blue Lotus. In 2010 he played Rochester jazzfestival (USA) and London Jazzfesival with Palle Mikkelborg and Marilyn Mazur and in 2015 he played at Essaouira Gnawa Festival Marocco with Mikkel Nordsø Band.

Played as studiomusician on about 200 albums, filmscores, theatermusic, balletmusic, radio and TV appearance and played live/recorded with among others Terri Lyne Carrington (USA), Etienne M’bappe (Cameroun), Bob Mallach (USA), Randy Brecker (USA), David Sanborn (USA), John Abercrombie (USA), Gino Vanelli (USA), Guinga and Carlos Malta (Brasil), Chuim (Brasil), Habib Koite (Mali), Toumani Diabate (Mali), Basikou Kyate (Mali), Moussa Diallo (Mali), Basiro Souso (Gambia), Mustafa Bakbou (Maroc), Mokthar Gania (Maroc), Johny Diany (South Africa), Youn Sun Nah (Korea), Subramaniam, Kavita Krishnamurti (India), Stanley Clarke and George Duke (US), Gary Burton (US), Tommy Emmanuel (Australia), Per Jørgensen, and Niels Peter Molvar (Norway), Palle Mikkelborg, Niels Henning Oersted Petersen, Marilyn Mazur, Kenneth Knudsen, Thomas Clausen, Danish Radio Big Band, Ars Nova Chorus.

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