Anne Mette Iversen Quartet +1 is an extension of Anne Mette’s longest running group: Anne Mette Iversen Quartet, featuring John Ellis (tenor saxophone), Peter Dahlgren (trombone), Danny Grissett (piano), Iversen (bass) and Otis Brown III (drums). Established in NYC in 2002, the musical relationship and the improvisational rapport of its musicians have developed to the supreme, as have their music and the compositions.
This group voices a musical ideal and aesthetic that Anne Mette has sought after for many years; having found it, her seventh recording, Round Trip (2017), feels like going full circle. It expresses on several levels what is innate in the words “round trip”, and how we all strive to satisfy our longing to come, to be, to find, and to have, a home. Round Trip received rave reviews from around the world. In November 2018 the group recorded a new album, Racing a Butterfly, which is scheduled for release spring 2020. Buttom right a short clip from the recent tour.
The press on Round Trip:
A “blend of intimacy and adventure” & “…a durable listening pleasure for new and expanded discoveries.” & “…the band members are really hitting their stride.” - Britt Robson, Editor's Pick, JazzTimes
„Thoroughly compelling and wholly rewarding material.“ - Yoshi Kato, Downbeat Magazine
“A tour de force of tightly arranged, well-executed contemporary jazz … full of inventive approaches to the quintet format.” … “...what the quintet achieves throughout the album: turning Iversen’s impeccable and creative arrangements into exciting improvised music.” - JazzScene
“Brimming with bold sounds, Round Trip is a successful achievement where no redundancy is found. This CD packs all the virtuosity and straightforwardness of these musicians whose rapport is equally laudable since they bring a cutting honesty and luxurious gravitas into the innovative jazz sphere.” - JazzTrail
“…the construction of these songs is very impressive.”...“Anne Mette Iversen is a fine player and an even better composer.” - Richard B. Kamins, StepTempest