“Legal Tender” (Cortex)

It’s been a couple of months since Cortex’s newest album “Legal Tender” was released, but they had managed to get EIGHT astonishing reviews in four different languages! Check this out:

NORWEGIAN

Klassekampen by Chris Mosnes 4,5/6★

“Legal Tender er nok derfor noe mindre dynamisk, men musikken fascinerer heller der den utfolder seg mer gradvis.””


JAZZ I NORGE by Terje Mosnes

„De fire, som til sammen disponerer utadvendt energi på terrawattnivå og plasskrevende individuelle ferdigheter, demonstrerer hele tiden at balanseringen av det solistiske og kollektive i samspillet er en av forutsetningene for at Cortex kan framstå som et dynamisk lite uhyre”

ENGLISH

The Best Jazz on Bandcamp: November 2020 by Dave Sumner

The punchy cadences and thrashing melodies have a volatility that could break toward either extreme, and it’s not uncommon that the choice made on the album is ‘both.


Bill Meyer for The Wire


JAZZTRAIL 

„A well-integrated group sound and a chord-less aesthetic that is both resilient and sparkly.”


Jazz and Blues Blog by Tim Niland

“The music on this album widely varied and thoughtful, with a flexible rhythm section and an excellent front line that are very meticulous in their themes and solos, leading to another finely constructed album.”

DUTCH

Opduvel

„Cortex doet op Legal Tender waar het kwartet goed in is. De verschillen met de voorganger zitten in de details, niet in de grote lijnen. Het levert opnieuw een mooi en bezield jazzalbum op dat ondanks het ontbreken van echte verrassingen opvallend vaak in draaiend in de cd-lade te vinden is. Vertrouwde kwaliteit noemt men zoiets.” 

POLISH

Esensja.pl Magazine by Sebastian Chosiński

“Część pierwsza wprowadza uspokojenie; druga natomiast – dzięki pulsującemu rytmowi – pobudza do brawurowego tańca z mocnym podtekstem etnicznym. Norweski kwartet nagrał kolejną doskonałą płytę, która w tym tak trudnym czasie przynosi sporo radości (mimo że nie zawsze jest optymistyczna).”