Beautiful debut album by American guitarist (and banjo player) Erik Skov, who plays a kind of landscape jazz with his sextet Liminality . In his self-written compositions we hear a range of beautiful instrument combinations with which he creates splendid sound colors.
Jazz guitarist and composer Erik Skov works in the Chicago area. He studied at Northwestern University / Jazz Studies in 2015 and has since worked with various classical and jazz musicians. He recorded his debut CD with his sextet Liminality , with saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi , trumpet player Emily Kuhn , trombone player Euan Edmonds , bass player Kitt Lyles and drummer Gustavo Cortinas. The name Liminality comes from anthropology and means 'starting a new process with special results'. A metaphor that fits extremely well with this debut CD by Erik Skov. He is a guitarist with meticulous timing and sound. His guitar sound is fresh and clear with a clean and linear touch. Skov is a versatile guitarist. This way he has a strong sound in Rewake . A piece in 3-count size on which he here and there polyrhythmically solos over . In Like Sounds we hear him on an acoustic guitar, which means that he displays even more subtlety. And his game in Diversion seems to be inspired by that of the legendary Jim Hall , thoughtful and virtuoso. His compositions are peppered with polyphonic wind instruments on sax, trumpet (energetic solo in First Light ) and trombone (inventive solo in Traveler's Tale). Special are the simultaneous solos of the three horns. As if these three instruments go their own way and ignore each other: but at the same time it sounds like one beautiful whole like in the opening piece Summer Meditation of Diversion. This first album by Erik Skov is a piece of a CD that is an excellent start for an international career.