Statements from the press

CD REVIEWS 

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 disposition, could be viewed as both earthbound and otherworldly music” 

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

Acoustic Sense & Glas – Reaching Out 

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

“This is not just a meeting between a choir and a group. It is a musical union where it is hard to define a beginning or an end” 

Niels Overgaard – Jazznyt, 2015 

 

SUND • SHASHANK • PHALGUN – Here & Now 

…John Sund is a guitarist with a special gift. It is admirable and brave of him to provide a different angle on the otherwise familiar style of Indian music, we know so well, performed on sitar and tabla. 

– Niels Overgaard – Jazznyt, 2012 


John Sund – The Open Road 

Danish guitarist John Sund have with his new CD release THE OPEN ROAD created one of this years best World-Music releases. Surrounded by musicians from Africa, India, the Balkan Islands and Scandinavia he is in his right element in a wide-ranging musical adventure, where the focus is maintained on the music as a whole opposed being a showcase for his guitar-skills. 

The CD is in four sections: one African, one Nordic, one East European and one Indian. And all the involved musicians is doing their utmost to make the highly structured compositions sound seductive – always with a sense of the unexpected. And even though the music is performed by virtuosos (not least the leader himself) and tremendously well produced, one always sense that the essence of the music is the most important. The music can become very powerful at times, but it is always done with such ease that you can just lay yourself back and enjoy the brilliant interplay. 

It is difficult to highlight any of the musicians in particular, but [the norwegian] singer (and saxophonist) Sissel Vera Pettersen gives an extraordinary contribution. This project deserves to be presented at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2012, just as it would be an obvious choice representing Denmark at the Womex Festival 2012. 
That you on top of everything gets a very tasteful, informative and well-illustrated cover, just heightens the allover pleasure. 

– Niels Christensen – Jazz Special, 2011

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 true craftsmen but moreover they posses an idiom and a group-sound that is so integrated with the music, which comes oozing out of your speakers like pure water from an eternal source… 

– Peter Rahbek – Jazz Special, 2010

 

Acoustic Sense – Absorption 

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

WORLD ON A STRING - review in Danish by Ivan Rod: Seasons 2018