CD REVIEW

Acoustic Sense & Glas – Reaching Out

“REACHING OUT is an original and fascinating work that almost constantly keeps the intensity with great physical impact. Feminine music with muscles you could call it in a contrasting phrase. But when you dive deeper into the music the contrast dissolves. John Sund and his colleagues has created a work that in its entirety, depending on ones perception, could be viewed as both terrestrial and celestial music”

– Jakob Hassing – Jazz Special, 2015. Marked with a star for “Pay special attention to this album”.

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CD REVIEW

Acoustic Sense & Glas – Reaching Out

“John Sund acoustic guitar is featured flawlessly. The interaction between the choir and the guitar in the song Second Impression is nothing less than magic. It swings and bubbles of life and tension.”

“This is not just a meeting between a choir and a group. It is a true musical union which goes beyond classification”

– Niels Overgaard – Jazznyt, 2015

 

CONCERT REVIEW

Live concert at the Culture House 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 like magic.

– Henrik Palle – Politiken, 2011 

 

CONCERT REVIEW

Underværket Randers – Amtsavisen, 25 august 2010

..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.

– Jan Sisseck

 

CD REVIEW

Acoustic Sense – Absorption

“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 truly full blooded musicians, but moreover they posses an idiom and a group-sound that is so integrated with the music, which comes right at you like a rain of pure water from some eternal source…

– Peter Rahbek – Jazz Special, 2010

 

CD REVIEW

Acoustic Sense – Absorption

Classy, interesting and even beautiful release by Danish guitarist and composer Sund. Jazz/world music is a great idea and genre, but often 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.

– Steve Fergenbaum – Wayside Music/Cuneiform Records, USA  Listen to album

 

CD REVIEW

John Sund & Acoustic Sense – New Gems

“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.”

Ulrike Kress – jazzdimensions.de