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JazzTimes, Carlo Wolff, May 2010

Danish guitarist Torben Waldorff is a supple, respectful player and a composer of breadth and depth. His third solo album spans the widescreen title track; the swinging, relatively orthodox ”Song-Ella”; the rock-inflected ”Shark”;  and softer tunes like ”Lama” and ”Scape,” the churchy piece that ends the disc on a sweet, luminous note.

            The empathy between Waldorff, saxophonist Donny McCaslin, keyboardist Jon Cowherd, bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Jon Wikan is appealing. What’s less frequent is the fire that destinguished a mood piece from a masterpiece. Waldorff clearly has put in long hours at the school of Metheny, but he’s less showy if no less virtuosic, and he knows how to use silence, particularly in the title cut, the album’s best. ”American Rock Beauty” has earfeel as a fine Burbundy has mouthfeel.

            Some tracks sound unfinished. Despite its rhythmic variety, ”Waves” seems unrounded, though Waldorf and Wikangenerate a welcome head of steam, and ”Lama,” which sounds as if Waldorff wanted it to be a union of the melancholic and the madcap, misses a neccesary bridge. Others, however, compensate. ”Shining Through” is particularly winning, as Cowherd’s piano launches a hoedown that quickly turns heraldic. A third of the way in, Waldorff adds voicelike guitar and Cowherd detours into the blues. ”Shining Through” never turns serious. There’s something unusually arch and winning about this tune, its melody evoking ”Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,” Steams big hit from 1969.

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Upon reflecting back on the year, I've concluded that Torben Waldorff 's American Rock Beauty ranks up there among 2010's finest fusion jazz records. -PICO


-- http://www.somethingelsereviews.com
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"Torben has made a stellar recording.  I just love it.  It's a joy to listen to from beginning to end."

-- Maria Schneider
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Waldorff makes such liberal use of quiet and space that at times it seems he's left the room midsolo. But when he does re-enter, it is immediately obvious that his ears have been open to all surrounding sounds

-- Philadelphia City Paper
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Mark F. Turner on American Rock Beauty, Feb. 2010
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Something Else! Reviews - American Rock Beauty (2010)
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Allaboutjazz, Raul d'Gama Rose on American Rock Beauty, 2010
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Modern Guitarist, Dr. Matt Warnock
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JazzTimes, Carlo Wolff, May 2010
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Torben Waldorff Electronic Press Kit
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