Kristian Borring at jAZZNIGHTS, the Bell Hotel, Clare with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio and with vocals from Larraine Odell on Sunday 13th September 2015.

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Danish guitarist, composer and bandleader, Kristian Borring, has been described as a “guitarist of enormous technical ability who utilizes his considerable gifts thoughtfully and tastefully, a highly accomplished guitarist and composer.” – The Jazz Mann

Kristian’s debut album, Nausicaa – a reference to Odysseus’ journey in Homer’s “The Odyssey” – was released in 2011 on Italian label, Ultra Sound Records, and featured New York based alto saxophonist, Will Vinson. It received wide spread national acclaim and was described by John Fordham (The Guardian) as a “hyper-cool and low-key approach to jazz Jazznights Kristian Borring 130915 (64)guitar, but…with warmth, confidence and a rhythmic hipness that’s thoroughly contemporary”. Chris Parker from LondonJazz found Kristian’s original compositions “immediately attractive and enduringly impressive”.

Kristian has in recent years worked and performed in the UK and Europe with a great variety of groups and performers such as: Archie Shepp, Antonio Zambrini, Tommaso Starace, Laurence Cottle, Liam Noble Trio, Karen David, Will Vinson, Gareth Lockrane, Nia Lynn, Monika Lidke, Ray Quinn, Bryan Abraham, Salena Jones, Christine Tobin, Bruno Heinen, The Puppini Sisters, Ed Puddick’s Big Band, Mike Garrick, Jim Hart, Ivo Neame, Lars Dietrich, Andreas Pichler, Jasper Høiby and many more. Kristian is also associated with the progressive London based jazz collective ‘SE Collective’ through his work with the bands Acrobat and Draw By Four.

Kristian studied jazz guitar at Conservatorium Van Amsterdam in The Netherlands and Guildhall School of Music in London.

“This is a guitarist who eschews histrionics, Borring’s is an understated virtuosity and he favors a pure, clean sound.” – The Jazz Mann

“His guitar work, like the overall feel of the music, is clean, cool, precise and 1Jazznights Kristian Borring 130915 (136) contemporary.” – The Scotsman

“The tunes though complex knit well together and there is a convincing clarity to the improvising thought processes at work that represents a strong statement of intent from an artist we’ll be hearing a lot more from with any luck in the future.” – Marlbank

“Soothing, ringing tone”… – Jazzwise

“Although unfailingly melodic this is also highly sophisticated music that is well served by Borring’s undemonstrative approach.” – The Jazz Mann

“Borring is an accomplished but determinedly unflashy player, firmly rooted in the jazz tradition of his instrument.” – LondonJazz

We at Jazznights can now totally endorse the comments that have previously been stated.

Kristian Boring played with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio who were:

Roger Odell – Drums
Roger was one of the founder members and drummer with the jazz-funk group Shakatak and the forerunner band Tracks. Roger has toured internationally and recorded numerous CDs, which he continues to do on a regular basis to this day.

Simon Brown –Piano

Leading UK Jazz innovator and musical entrepreneur Simon Brown is a highly respected and popular jazz pianist who is equally known for his arranging skills. His bands include the  quintet Beyond Cantaloupe featuring the music of Herbie Hancock, as well a the very popular Simon Brown Trio and Quartet.  He is also a stalwart of the Jazznights Trio with Roger Odell and Bernie Hodgkins.

    Jazznights Roger Odell 130915 (133)        Jazznights Simon Brown 130915 (44)

Bernie Hodgkins – Double Bass

Bernie grew up in a Jazz-oriented family and has toured in Europe and further afield with a wide variety of artists and  honed his skills and adding to his prodigious repertoire. Spending much of his time in the recording   studios, he is equally at home and in demand as an enthusiastic “live” rhythm section player.

Larraine Odell – Vocals

Larraine began her professional singing career with the group CMU with whom she recorded two albums, Larraine performed at numerous venues throughout the UK and Europe, including the Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall. Boxford Fleece & Ronnie Scott’s  

    Jazznights Bernie Hodgkins 130915 (108)    Jazznights Larraine Odell 130915 (140)

Larraine Odell opened the first set with great versions of jazz standards

Jazznights Larraine Odell 130915 (10)

Kristian Borring then joined the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio to play superb versions of the best in guitar renditions.

Jazznights Kristian Borring   Jazznights Trio 130915 (129)

Following the interval and the Jazznights raffle of three Jazz CDs we had  the traditional Jazznights sitting in spot  which is open to all musicians who have an  opportunity to play  with the band. Tonight we had the pleasure of Geoff Harriman playing his harmonica and Graham Cullen on the drums playing Fly Me To The Moon.

         Jazznights Geoff Harriman 130915 (89)               Jazznights Graham Cullen 130915 (84)

Kristian Borring then re-joined the band for the second set.

Jazznights Kristian Borring   Jazznights Trio 130915 (135)

Jazznights Kristian Borring   Jazznights Trio 130915 (132) 

Kristian Borring gave us a wonderful evening of superb melodic jazz orientated splendour which was endorsed by the very appreciative audience.

Jazznights Tenor Madness 200714 (23)On Sunday the 27th September 2015 Jazznights welcomes the return of Tenor Madness.  Tenor saxophonists Kevin Flanagan and Colin Watling combine in a “battle of the saxes” influenced by the famous duets of John Coltrane & Sonny Rollins and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis & Johnny Griffin. Hard swinging, straight ahead modern jazz from these two masters of the saxophone.


THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at  Jazznights, Clare, Suffolk.

Admission £10. Doors open 7.00 pm. Music 8.30 – 10.00 pm.

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