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This Is My House

by Anne Mette Iversen w/Quartet

"Contemporary jazz music of the most pure kind". - JazzSpecial Magazine, Aug '06.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz quartet
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1. Where to Place the House
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6:38 album only
2. And Off They Went
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6:49 album only
3. Dear Captain
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7:00 album only
4. Hm#1
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7:33 album only
5. Loisaida
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8:18 album only
6. Asmol
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7. Den flade
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8. Up
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Album Notes
A former student in classical piano at The Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, now: bassist Anne Mette Iversen went on to study for four years at the Rhythmic Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark, and graduated in 2001 from The New School University with a BFA degree in Jazz Performance. Iversen has resided in New York City for eight years.

During this time, in addition to leading her own groups, she has performed with many prominent artists including Terri Lyne Carrington, Ingrid Jensen, Ben Taylor, Nina Nastasia, Carly Simon, Don Sickler, Abraham Burton, Sam Yahel, Jeremy Pelt, Freddie Bryant, Marcus Strickland, Jason Lindner, Gary Versace, Mike Moreno, Lea Delaria, and many others.
Iversen also freelances in many diverse settings, including classical orchestras. To say that she is thoroughly trained and experienced in many musical languages is an understatement.

As a composer Iversen has developed her own unique and personal style that has come out of a talent for unifying jazz music with European classical music. In addition to her compositional work for her own groups, she composed "Hvor er din bolig vidunderlig" for the 125 year anniversary of The Danish Church in New York. Another highlight was her being chosen to present music when Denmark hosted 120 United Nations ambassadors, the General Secretary Kofi Annan and Crown Prince of Denmark, His Royal Highness Prince Frederik, at a dinner at B.B. King's Club in New York in 2002. Iversen has received several grants from the Danish Art Foundation, among others, to reward and encourage her work.

Iversen’s second release as a leader “This Is My House” features her jazz quartet and an inspiring selection of her original music. Anne Mette Iversen Quartet consists of some of the most sought after young players on today's contemporary jazz scene: saxophonist John Ellis, pianist Danny Grissett and drummer Otis Brown III.

Having recorded 2 albums (the 2nd set for release in '07) and done 2 tours together, they have developed an intimate knowledge of each others playing; bringing every musical meeting to highly enjoyable performances full of energy and playfullness, though always approaching the music with a serious attitude. Iversen's original compositions are the musical buildingstones for the quartet, and her natural talent for writing melodies and creating exciting harmonies and form structures are the perfect set off for the group and for each musician's improvisations. For Ms. Iversen and her quartet, musical integrity and personal style is paramount, and together they consistently bring these ideals to highest fruition

"This Is My House" is modern acoustic jazz with a true heart and feeling, and this is clearly conveyed to the listener. The cover notes to the album read as follows:

"Why I play and write I cannot explain with words.
The music alone tells the story and therefore the titles are not important.
I want you to create your own titles for my music. Because; what the music means depends on you too. Each song is a story. Not only mine but also these great musicians that play with me, and also yours.
And should you not be able to come up with titles for these stories, that’s fine too.
Maybe they’ll come later or maybe they just don’t need a name to mean anything.
The most sophisticated language is our human emotions and nothing describes them as well as art, music and the nature around us.
I believe one of the most important tasks today is to maintain the nuances in our lives and in our world. To celebrate variety and differences.
Music, and particularly jazz is a great force in doing exactly that.
So if you find no titles suited for my music, I’d like to believe it’s because cannot confine your experience to one word or a phrase. Why should you anyway?
This is your house too!"


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All About Jazz (NYC)

Iversen adeptly leads things through a myriad of colors with precision and creat
Iversen is an international Brooklyn transplant. Hailing from Denmark, she artfully blends classical European training with deliciously palpable arrangements of original music for a beautifully textured experience. This quartet boasts tenor wizard John Ellis, whose own funky style has been a part of guitarist Charlie Hunter's band, and drummer Otis Brown III, a fixture with tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano. Rounding out this foursome is pianist Danny Grissett who can usually be found sitting in with the finest of NYC jazzers or leading his own trio.
The broad rhythmic base of "Where to Place the House" is custom made for Ellis to wail against while "Hm#1", "Loisaida" and the burningly free funky closer "Up" give him liberal improvisatory reign to display his gorgeous tone. Grissett alternates lead and rhythm to add an intersting openness to "And Off They Went" before he exquisitely opens the Asian-tinged smoky ballad "Dear Captain". With all this power at her disposal, Iversen adeptly leads things through a myriad of colors with precision and creativity.
- Elliott Simon

JazzSpecial Magazine (Denmark)

...contemporary jazz music of the most pure kind.
There is an athmosphere of serious ease. The seriousness is conveyed through the attitude of the musicians from the first downbeat. They take this music seriously, and they perform it without any unnescessary errands or pandering on the way. We are presented with contemporary jazz music of the most pure kind.

The lightness is not reflected in the musicians attitude, but in the handling of their instruments. John Ellis is a clear-toned tenor-saxophonist. In the distance one detects the sound of John Coltrane, but he is nowhere a derivative of Coltrane, and Ellis is home in his own shoes. Danny Grisset has a similar light and airy touch on the grandpiano and he orients himself easily in all directions - both towards the soloist and towards his collegees in the rhythm section. Furthermore; he is a fine soloist himself. Otis Brown has a wonderfully crisp sound at the drums, which leads ones thoughts back to the young Roy Haynes. And Brown hooks up magnificently with Anne Mette Iversen. In the ensemble she takes on the traditional role of the bassist, and it is especially impressive how she and Brown, in the hardest of all tempi: the slower medium tempo, are capable of delivering a viscous drive. Also Anne Mette Iversen's playing has an airy feel and tone that matches the other's.

But stricly speaking it is the other way around. It is the others who match her, because although she does not position herself in front in the music, one have no doubts that this goups is her project, - just as she is the composer of the 8 tunes being played. Anne Mette Iversen states clearly in the liner notes that the titles of the tunes are not important. She encourages the listener to enter her house and make up their own stories while listening, make up their own titles to the tunes. An invitation that is harmoniously matched with a photograph of her in an unfurnitured room, with only her bass and loose sheets of music on the floor.

It pays off to accept the invitation and enter the house of the Anne Mette Iversen's quartet.

- Finn Slumstrup