SPACE BIG BAND is the debut album of Berlin-based contemporary jazz big band project by jazz musicians & composers Danish bassist KENNETH DAHL KNUDSEN and Latvian saxophonist TOMS RUDZINSKIS.
"A futuristic playground for contemporary jazz big band, there’s a clear sense of joy, of adventure, of excitement.. " – Mike Gates, UKVIBE
"An alternative take on big band music offering highly engaging listening experiences.." – Frederik Ludin, NORDJYSKE
"[..] a fascinating listening experience [..] with examples of new approach to tonality, arrangement and composition [..] deep aesthetic satisfaction." – Adam Baruch, Soundtrack of My Life
"[..]it should not be forgotten that "space" can also simply mean free space, that which the big band grants to some outstanding soloists[..] There is still plenty of room for modern big bands in the contemporary jazz scene. Knudsen/Rudzinskis and the Space Big Band are able to fill it excellently with their debut. " – bak, Concerto Austria
"Not only Bezos and Branson fly into space [..] many original, lustfully polyphonic ideas to hear, abstract constructions, which do justice to the cosmic specification by all means. [..] grounded groove and doesn't shy away from a fusion ballad. It's a major work, a long journey – over 70 minutes of music with relatively few improvisational stretches. Bezos and Branson, on the other hand, had only short flights. " – Hans-Jürgen Schaal, Jazz thing 143
"This is the kind of 21st century jazz big band recording I'd love to hear a lot more!" – Kaspars Zavileiskis, DELFI.LV
"Rudzinskis' and Knudsens' joint efforts have resulted in an ambitious conceptual jazz big band album." – Eriks Miezis, Jazzin.lv
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Knudsen/Rudzinskis Space Big Band album "SPACE BIG BAND" released on October 22, 2021 by Double Moon Records
Inspired by deep space and our history of space knowledge, from Galileo to Hawking, with detours in geological time and Kepler’s planet frequencies – this is a retelling of our space history in the universal language of music, a contemporary electro-acoustic jazz suite "SPACE BIG BAND" for a contemporary jazz big band.
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SPACE BIG BAND ALBUM PREMIERE
Nordkraft Big Band, Aalborg
November 1, 2021
SPACE BIG BAND LIVE PREMIERE
B-Flat Jazz Club, Berlin
January 17 & 18, 2020
SPACE BIG BAND ALBUM RECORDING
Blackbird Recording Studio Berlin
Playtime: 1h 11min
Genre: Bigband, Contemporary Jazz
Recording: January 19 & 20, 2020
Personnel: Malte Schiller (cond.), Shems Bendali, Dima Bondarev, Jakob Sørensen, Johannes Böhmer (tr.), Dustin Drews, Toms Rudzinskis, Julius Gawlik, Ignaz Dinne, Leonie Freudenberger (sax); Nils Marquardt, Jonas Lindh, Andrej Ugoljew, Alistair Duncan (trb); Povel Widestrand (p), Sebastian Boehlen (guit), Kenneth Dahl Knudsen (bass), Mathias Ruppnig (dr).