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Boomkat Product Review:
For many free music fans outside Denmark, this disc will be a revelation. The Contemporary Jazz Quintet was an active part of the European free jazz movement, and trumpeter Hugh Steinmetz and alto saxophonist Franz Beckerlee were also visible in other parts of that international scene. The core of the ensemble, including bassist Steffen Andersen was formed as a quartet in ‘59, reportedly playing hard-bop in the Miles Davis/John Coltrane vein. When Ornette Coleman’s first recordings appeared in Denmark, the band’s direction was definitively changed, and they began playing Coleman’s pieces, delving extensively into his songbook and beginning to experiment with freeplay. In ‘64, Bo Thrige Andersen took the drum chair; his cymbal playing was clearly influenced by Sonny Murray, with whom the band had recorded on ACTION, the first of its three LPs released on the Danish Debut label and Fona. In ‘65, the ensemble made a record, THIRD STREAM MUSIC(Fona), with classical composer/performer Niels Viggo Bentzon.