13 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Without fanfare, Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug has amassed an impressive discography, including two ensemble albums featuring renowned tenor saxophonist Mark Turner. On Faroe, the follow-up to his solo steel-string acoustic tour de force Alleviation from 2017, Ploug reconnects with Turner in a duo setting. Unveiling compositions he wrote while in the Faroe Islands, Ploug plays steel-string once again but also electric guitar on several tracks, unspooling reflective, otherworldly harmonies and textural beds that provide Turner space for intricate melodic flights. The étude-like beauty and intensity of pieces like “Warmth,” “The Red Album,” and “Ambiguity” make Faroe not only a must-hear guitar album, but also an intimate survey of Turner’s improvisational language.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Without fanfare, Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug has amassed an impressive discography, including two ensemble albums featuring renowned tenor saxophonist Mark Turner. On Faroe, the follow-up to his solo steel-string acoustic tour de force Alleviation from 2017, Ploug reconnects with Turner in a duo setting. Unveiling compositions he wrote while in the Faroe Islands, Ploug plays steel-string once again but also electric guitar on several tracks, unspooling reflective, otherworldly harmonies and textural beds that provide Turner space for intricate melodic flights. The étude-like beauty and intensity of pieces like “Warmth,” “The Red Album,” and “Ambiguity” make Faroe not only a must-hear guitar album, but also an intimate survey of Turner’s improvisational language.

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