Where The Fence Is The Highest

Teis Semey

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Original Recording Format: DXD

Where The Fence is the Highest is the two suite full-length debut album of Danish guitarist Teis Semey. Featuring two bands of natural-born improvisers, it’s a tight vortex of musicianship, virtuosity and story-telling. Through these two suites this album tells compelling and diverse stories that moves and stays with you.

Tracklist

1.
Japan Suite - Overture
02:53
2.
Japan Suite - I. Summer
05:37
3.
Japan Suite - II. Fall (Dear November)
07:12
4.
Japan Suite - III. Winter
04:10
5.
Japan Suite - IV. Spring
06:56
6.
Armed To The Teeth - Introduction (On the Three Metamorphoses)
03:07
7.
Armed To The Teeth - I. Palm
06:20
8.
Armed To The Teeth - II. Knuckles
08:22
9.
Armed To The Teeth - III. Fingertips
06:44
10.
Armed To The Teeth - IV. Epilogue (Blood Is Compulsory)
05:47

Total time: 00:57:08

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SKU

TTK0028

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Furutech custom microphone cablesFurutech LineFlux XLR interlinksFurutech NanoFlux NCF power cablesFurutech FS-a36 loudspeaker cables

Digital Converters

Merging Technologies HAPI

Mastering Engineer

Brendon Heinst

Microphones

Sonodore RCM-402, Neumann KM-104 Rens Heijnis modified, Schoeps MK2H Rens Heijnis modified, Neumann M149, JZ Vintage 67

Original Recording Format

Recording Engineer

Brendon Heinst

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DXD

Release Date February 1, 2019

Press reviews

All About Jazz

Where the Fence Is the Highest consists of two multi-part suites. “Japan Suite” opens with a wordless lament sung by singer Fuensanta Méndez Lecomte that sets the tone for the subsequent sections. Structured around the progress of the seasons, and inspired by the historical European encounter with Japan in the 19th century that was expressed as “Japonism” in the visual arts, the four sections evoke the changing moods of summer, fall, winter and spring, in subtle shadings of harmony and dynamics. In “Winter,” pianist Xavi Torres builds an current of tension under vocalist Méndez’s plaintive text recital. As Temey’s guitar and Nicoló Ricci’s tenor sax weave counter-lines against the piano, that musical tension—a kind of suspended motion—is dispelled when, in “Spring,” the melody returns, just as the season of renewal returns the sun to an ice-bound landscape. The collective arising of the ensemble, brings “Japan Suite” to a joyous conclusion.

In his guitar part writing, Semey integrates the instrument fully into the ensemble. As a soloist, he values tone production and coherence of melodic lines over flashy technical displays and virtuoso gestures. Soloing only briefly at the opening and closing of the “Japan Suite” opens more space for pianist Torres and saxophonist Ricci. Semey is an accomplished player, and his willingness to play inside, rather than over, the ensemble, affirms a musical maturity. There are echoes of guitar luminaries Jim Hall, John Abercrombie and Terje Rypdal in Semey’s solos, and some similarity of intention to the Brad Shepik album Human Activity Suite on Songlines.

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