Reverse is Terkel Nørgaard’s trio and has the classic instrumentation of piano, bass and drums. The band was formed in August, 2011 with his two friends bassist Jesper Thorn and pianist Søren Gemmer. The three discovered that they had a very natural way to play together.
From day one, all music has been composed by Terkel, using the group as a workshop or playground where the surroundings could be changed, depending on the style of music he wrote. From this approach, Reverse has created many concepts, featuring artist like Jørgen Leth, Ralph Alessi, Palle Mikkelborg, Thomas Agergaard and Nicolaj Stochholm.
Terkel Nørgaard – Drums
Søren Gemmer – Piano
Jesper Thorn – Bass
In November 2014, Reverse released their debutalbum Awakening on Blackout Music, which was Terkel’s first album as a leader. The album reflects his development over four years of writing music and shows Terkel’s musical background, growing up with music genres like classical, folk, rock, jazz, and church music, as well as including his fascination for rap and hip hop music.
The trio’s second album “MUSEUM” was released on April 7 at the label DME on vinyl and digital.
MUSEUM press quotes:
5 stars (5/6)
“For the renewal of the trio format, belongs to the american trio The Bad Plus and Australian trio The Necks, as well as Danish Reverse”.
“Reverse music contains themes or sketches and resulting excursions, tensions, repetitions and displacements, based on an uninterrupted mutual inspiration. And whatever happens, the trio does not leave its striking melancholic universe”.
– Kjeld Frandsen, Berlingske – https://www.b.dk/musik/den-evige-treenighed
“There is an ignition in the music. A spark. A latent danger of explosion. When it’s all over, it seems to me that the music has exploded while I listened. A slow motion explosion”.
“[Reverse] seeks an almost minimalistic expression that translates into complex and explosive jazz”.
“It’s music that constantly unfolds new single parts as it was a flower that blooms several times a year. It is a very rewarding album”.
– Niels Overgård, Jazznyt – http://jazznyt.blogspot.dk/2017/04/reverse-museum-dme-lp.html
Voted “album of the week”, “An album we think you should keep an eye on”.
“Reverse is one of the most interesting danish trio at the moment”
– DR P8 JAZZ – http://www.dr.dk/radio/ondemand/p8jazz/jazzoom-2017-04-18#!/
“Museum has become a nice album, which I feel is going a new ways in the acoustic piano trio format”.
MUSEUM is supported by DJBFA – Composer and Songwriters Production Pool and Kodas Cultural Funds.
Awakening received great reviews in Gaffa, Jazznyt and Salt Peanuts in Norway.
Press quotes from previous Reverse concerts and Awakening:
“Awakening is a debut album with great mental reverberation. It never forgotten immediately. […] It’s jazz, where I one moment lose myself in the details, then Reverse go in new directions”. (jazznyt.com)
“Reverse play their interpretations of modern free jazz with great conviction and obvious talent”. (Gaffa, Cæcilie Salomonsen)
“Their material, the simplicity (and the simultaneous complexity) in the expression, the obvious presence, the individual calm, the open harmony and unity. All this makes the outcome (debut album) very, very worthy listening, characterized by engaging exploration, technical surplus and obvious joy of music”. (Gaffa, Ivan Rod)
“Pauses in the music were also important elements of the teamwork displayed by the young jazz group, Reverse. Employing the classic trio format of piano, bass and drums, the band enveloped the poems in a palpable texture, thin as silk. Sometimes merely a hint, other times clearly mood enhancing, but always with great empathy and in sensual affinity with Leth’s poetry. True class”. (Herning Folkeblad, Kurt H. Jørgensen)
(Photo by Tobias Kiel Lauesen).