“..Moller’s music is never short of mesmerizing... With Christian X Variations, Soren Moller has created what is, thus far, the defining statement in his discography, and a record that's as close to perfect as it gets”. Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
Christian X Variations
Dick Oatts, saxophones
Soren Moller, piano
Josh Ginsburg, bass
Henry Cole, drums
Jorunn Solloes, flute
Sai Kai, oboe
Nicolai Eghorst, clarinet
Jeppe Rasmussen, horn
Catarina Zeh, bassoon
All songs composed and arranged by Soren Moller.
The music of Christian X Variations is a celebration of every human that speaks out against discrimination or mistreatment of minorities in their community. The title refers to the Danish King Christian X's effort to protect Danish Jews from discrimination and deportation by the Nazis during World War II. The king declared that all Danes would wear the Star of David in the event that the Nazis forced Denmark's Jewish population to do so. It is this determination to unite and protect one's fellow citizens that inspired the compositions on this album.
The music is arranged for classical wind quintet and jazz quartet. It was recorded live in concert at Rønshoved Højskole. For the concert I allied myself with musicians from all over the world: American saxophone legend Dick Oatts, who has been a regular collaborator with me over the years, the Puerto Rican drummer Henry Cole, American bass player Josh Ginsburg, as well as the wind quintet Kirin Winds with members from China, Germany, Norway and Denmark. This is a collaboration of high international standard, which creates a unique realm moving between classical music and jazz.
The Christian X Variations are a celebration. I hope you will come to celebrate with us.