Everything We Hold - Kairos Quartet
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  • Band members: Jon Scott, Adam Waldmann, Ivo Neame, Jasper Høiby
  • Summary: The third release for the jazz quartet led by Adam Waldmann includes vocals from Emilia Mårtensson as well as guest vocals from Marc O'Reilly and Omar.
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  1. It's a clever, sensitive record.
  2. Jun 20, 2013
    80
    For all this radio-friendliness, Waldmann's sensitivity to jazz dynamics and potential for improv remains sharp.
  3. Jun 20, 2013
    80
    In spite of its impassioned politics and firebrand title, Statement Of Intent for the most part pursued a more mature writing style with greater depth and subtlety. Everything We Hold continues this trend, whilst also offering strong, affecting songs that might increase this band’s commercial potential.
  4. Jun 20, 2013
    80
    Their ability to create spellbinding instrumentals that blend high-calibre jazz improvisation with accessible melodies is evidenced by the wonderfully serene Reunion and the more febrile Finding Neamo. [Jul 2013, p.94]
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  1. Mar 4, 2015
    10
    An eclectic, soulful medley provoking a full array of emotions. Composer Adam Waldmann says his compositions are about one's differentAn eclectic, soulful medley provoking a full array of emotions. Composer Adam Waldmann says his compositions are about one's different relationships - with a family member, with a friend, with a loved one, with nature. First time lyricist Rupert Friend says the common thread is perhaps more about Adam's gratitude for the people in his life - feelings that Friend stunningly casts in haunting metaphors.

    And yet, such a palette of nuances appear underneath these common themes - maybe as diverse as the people listening and as unique as the personal experiences they relate to these songs. For me - there is quiet determination and subdued victory in Home to You - the overwhelming calmness one feels after having discovered the person they want to spend their life with; there is Ell's Bells - with the tender, pure joy of welcoming new birth in the family - a little person whom you instantly love and yet who you have yet to build a lifetime of connections with.

    Once the circle has closed with me as audience at the other end, I clearly see that the common theme of this album for me is the deep sense of connecting to people and feeling that you become a part of their imagination, of their inner worlds - through their melodies, images and voices. It is a kind of connection that makes time, space and social divides seem so petty and irrelevant. That, to me, is a true definition of art that truly reaches your soul.
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  2. Jul 30, 2013
    7
    I am a little new to jazz but the sound was very nice, and the songs with lyrics were very cool. Only one problem: no addicting songs. No suckI am a little new to jazz but the sound was very nice, and the songs with lyrics were very cool. Only one problem: no addicting songs. No suck in your head songs. Expand