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Peter Friis Nielsen & Taylor's Free Universe | On-plugged in Elsinore

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On-plugged in Elsinore

by Peter Friis Nielsen & Taylor's Free Universe

This was the first battle between Taylor`s Free Universe and "monster" bass player Peter Friis Nielsen. The CD was nominated for a Danish Music Award Jazz in 2004 (.)
Genre: Jazz: Free Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Amalie
9:02 album only
2. Picnic at Noon
10:39 album only
3. Tight Little Waves
7:16 album only
4. The Fifth Element
16:04 album only
5. Exit Elsinore
13:04 album only
6. Train
9:46 album only
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One of the best kept secrets of the experimental music scene in Denmark is undoubtedly the music of Danish born
Robin Taylor.

"As for Robin Taylor and his creation as a whole, in my honest opinion, he is undoubtedly one of the most inspired, inventive, and innovative composers of the Progressive Rock movement. If you consider yourself a real connoisseur of progressive music, not to mention ProGfessor, you shouldn't miss the opportunity to enrich your collection with such wonderful albums as those by Taylor's Universe, Robin Taylor and Taylor's Free Universe." -- Vitaly Menshikov, ProgressoR

Taylor's Free Universe were formed in 2000 by Robin Taylor and Karsten Vogel as a live performing act as well as a studio recording band. TFU have played at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2003 a.o.

TFU's debut CD "File Under Extreme" was voted 5th best Danish jazz release in 2002 (of 136) by the staff at the
Danish magazine "Jazz Special".

TFU's regular line-up comprise Robin Taylor: guitar & electronics etc., Karsten Vogel: saxophones, Pierre Tassone: violin & electronics, Johan Segerberg: basses & electronics and Kalle Mathiesen: drums & sampler.

TFU have performed (and recorded) with special guest Peter Friis Nielsen (b) (On-Plugged in Elsinore).

TFU are influenced by sixties avant-garde jazz shaped in modern sound aestethics, ranging from Ornette Coleman to
Fred Frith and David Torn.

"Fans of modern free jazz will be well served with this Free Universe release. The music is difficult yet coherent and the musicianship is flawless."
-- Sea of Tranquility

"Yes, "On-plugged in Elsinore" is a mind-blowing masterpiece, and I heartily recommend it to all those who know to whom I appeal."
(Six stars)
-- ProgressoR



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Joad Raymond

rich, multi-layered, expansive, difficult, direct, coherent
This is a rich, multi-layered album. It's experimental jazz which entirely avoids the pernicious soullessness that is one of the side-effects of the Nu-Jazz (I'm not just saying that because Denmark is near Norway, honest). There's an orchestral expansiveness and tightness of control, and the sound ranges from the vertical textures of Picnic at Noon, where the combined & responsive sounds of samples, guitars, electric violin and saxophone is ... yes, difficult but immensely rewarding ... to the slow and melancholy Exit to Elsinore, based on a very simple 5-note descending melody mainly threaded through by the guitar, overlaid with some some very fine, breathy alto-sax. Nielssen's bass playing is superb throughout. The performances have a directness and a coherence that asserts what experimental jazz is about.