Newsletter, spring 1999.
Written by Pepper
Danish guitarist Dan Klarskov
sent this CD to the Maine Blues Society autographed and ready
for review. Klarskov is a talented bandleader and is surrounded
by what must be the leading blues players in Copenhagen.
Honydrippers do several fine versions of covers by Joe Liggins,
Big Joe Turner and T-Bone Walker. These Danes probably
get to see more blues acts than we do.
This CD shows they have listen and watched our blues legends
intently , becouse this recorded live to tape in the studio
two day session is a groove.
Klarskov is on Clearwood Records with a Web site address of
musicianship is A+ and my band, the Sensations have already
added their version of "Wee Wee Baby" and "Strollin
with Bone" to our set list .I
recommend adding the self titled Dan Klarskov and the Honeydrippers
CD to your collection.
Jersey of Blues Society
(Quarterly Newsletter, spring 1999.)
Written by John Muller-Co-Director
Denmark comes this highly commendable project from "Dan
Klarskov and The Honeydrippers". Heavily influenced by
Roosevelt Sykes, Jimmy Rushing, Big Joe Turner, Junior Wells,
"T-Bone" Walker, Louis Aarmstrong, "Champion"
Jack Dupree, and both West Indian/Caribbean music and the
flavorful rhythms of New Orleans, this CD convincingly shows
that "The Blues" has become international. As Dan
Klarskov has said, "Tradition without imitation".
Dan on vocals,guitar;Peter Lapiki,organ,piano;Hugo Rasmussen,
acoustic bass;Thomas Christensen,drums;Anders Gaardmand,tenor
saxophone;Ole "Fessor" Lindgreen, trombone; Hans
Knudsen, piano; this CD just sparkles and shines with an extraordinary
amount of talent, dedication, and research. The music is wonderful
from start to finish, one track even better than the next.
As Dan writes in the liner notes, "I hope that you have
enjoyed listening just as much as we have enjoyed rocording
the music". Their enthusiasm is
highly infectious! One solid CD that really sells the diversity
and the beauty of The Blues.
newsletter, February, 2000.)
by Jon Lane
packaging, except for a couple of cool photos of old musos
bopping along in the studio, and an unfortunate choice of
a well overdone band anme, didn`t really fill me with enthisiasm
before putting this one on the player. But I guess that old
adage about not telling a book by it`s cover applies to CD`s
as well. `Couse I found this to be a Quite enjoyable little
offering. A treasure in fact!
could argue that Mr. K does not warrant top billing on this
disc. It`s not like Dan wrote any of the songs-they are all
well arranged covers-and as a solo performer(guitar) and a
singer, he is fine but the success and appeal of this capsule
owes much to the bunch of gifted and musically mature, blues
loving session players who get together very effectively.
blues. Now there`s a concept! Just
goes to show how universal this beloved form of music
is and how guys that have immersed themselves in their passion
can develop into outstanding practitioners of said form. Remidns
me of Aussie blues. Now there`s another concept?!
All eleven songs obviosly pay homage to many of Dan`s favourite
blues legends, but each is added to or arranged in such a
different, lovingly manner than the original. Which is all
well and good; but if you haven`t got the talent or skill
to back up the intention, than all you are doing is playing
someone else`s composition on a lower level. This is definitely
not the case here. Each of the musicians on this disc
are extremely talented and professional, and as the liner
notes (which really aren`t that daggy!) suggest, are very
well known (and hopefully appreciated) in their homeland.
You would do well to top the piano and organ combination of
Hans Knudsen and Peter Lapiki, whilst
the tenor sax of Anders Gaarmand and a guest
perfomance from Ole “Fessor” Lindgreen on trombone
are also of high caliber.
to tell you a bit about the music. A lot of swing or boogie
arrangements, with clear, crisp, single note picking solos
from Dan on guitar prominent in most songs.
His voice fits in very well also- he holds a note well and
is always in key- and after a few listens becomes a feature.
As mentioned, the piano and organ work well together throughout
with one punching out a solo whilst the other maintains rhythm.
instant fave tracks are the Louis Armstrong classic `Back
O`Town Blues and T-Bone Walker`s `Git
These Blues Off Me`, which is comprised of the
stylised piano and organ riffs from Sonny Boy`s `Help Me`and
Booker T`s `Green Onions`respectively. Another T-Bone Walker
song Ě Wish You Were Mine`gets the reggae-blues
treatment and is also immediately likeable and the first song
(The Honeydripper) had
everyone up and shuffling when I played it to an impromptu
gathering over the Chrissy break. Towards the end of the CD
there are three songs which are probably arranged too simiarly.
summary: new life breathed into old standards with these ingenious
jazzed-up blues arrangements. For mine, Dan`s intermingling
of styles comes out a winner.