Smooth jazzy west coast artists from Denmark …
The members of the duo Jamhunters are Peter Michael, keyboard and Lars Fabiansen, guitar. The repertoire consists of own compositions in a style that can be described as a unique mix of smooth jazz/lounge music mixed with pop- funk- and Latin-rhythms.*
*The starting signal for the smooth jazz duo was August 15th 2006 with the release of their debut album: Jamhunters. Peter and Lars have been working as musicians for many years and have worked together before in the bands Take Five in 1988 and Heart and Soul in 1995.
In 2006 they decided to revive their work by releasing their mutual compositions under the name Jamhunters. “The ideas and the shape of the music had been ready for a long time, and when Gateway Music wanted to release it, we decided it was time,” Lars says. Jamhunters’ debut album won international attention on internet radios in Germany, Norway, USA, China and Japan.
Scandinavian Airlines decided to present Jamhunters to their passengers on overseas flights by including the track Close Your Eyes on their jazz channel. The American internet radio “Smooth Jazz and More” proclaimed the debut album the best of the year within the genre.
On March 15th 2008 the duo released their second cd: Music Speaks Louder Than Words, and it was very well received. In his review in the American smooth jazz portal “Smooth Jazz Vibes” Peter Böhi gave following comment: “This great band hails from Copenhagen and comes up with a polished, groovy and ultra-cool contemporary jazz album with lots of chill/lounge elements, the band is fronted by Peter Michael on keys and Lars Fabiansen on guitar who deliver some outstanding solos. Thumbs up!”
The star-soloists Hans Ulrik, Klaus Menzer, Moussa Diallo and Christina Boelskifte are guests on both of Jamhunters’ albums. Chris Minh Doky(DK) and Frank Senior(US) make a guest appearance on the album Music Speaks Louder Than Words. Chris Minh Doky was based in New York and recognized for his passion as an artist and his technical ability. With his elegant and unerring style he imparts a specific depth to two of the tracks.
Frank Senior is an extraordinary soul/jazz singer with deep roots in the jazz milieu of Harlem, whom Lars and Peter met at their live performance in New York.
Jamhunters third album: ‘Driftin’ is released sep. 1rst. 2011. As usual the album contains 14 original compositions. This album is released on Jamhunters own label: JamHouse. The album is recorded in JamHouse Studio and produced by Lars and Peter. ”The Curiosity for this release has grown the last couple of months” tells Peter,” now it’s the journalists coming to us!! Obviously people understands that this project is here to stay.”
It is , more and less, the same musicians playing as on the last album.” That album had ecxatly the sound we are looking for , so why not use the same musicians. It is those guys who makes the mood and the grooves on the tracks” tells Lars.
The duo has toured in Denmark since 2006 together with star musicians and soloists Hans Ulrik, Christina Boelskifte, Klaus Menzer, Andre Sørensen, Nis Toxværd, Henrik Jørgensen, Pelle Fridell and again Lise Dandanell.
The great interest from the American audience led to a visit to New York in November 2007 with live performances at the clubs Googie’s Lounge and Rockwood Music Hall. Again in 2008 JAMHUNTERS returned to New York, this time to performe at Shrien in Harleem and at the legendary jazz club Smalls in New York.
Their live performance in Denmark in May 2008 led to a co-operation with singer and composer Martin Brygmann. Jamhunters and Brygmann call their show A Nightclub in New York. The show offers an evening with night club atmosphere in the manner of The Big Apple with Brygmann as crooner to the tones of Jamhunters’ smooth jazz.
Jan. 2016 releases the 4rth. Album: COLORTONES. Maybe the most complete album until now. The label is JamHouse and the 12 songs are recorded by Lars and Peter in different studioes in Copenhagen. The musicians are Christina Boelskift (vocals), Klaus Menzer (drums), Claus Suhr (percussion) and Andre Sørensen (bass).
Hear sound clips and see more information about Jamhunters at ther official website.
Tracks: Welcome To The Nightclub, The Palm Tree - Part II, Practise, Morning Song, The 3rd Gate, Around A Roundabout, In A Lifetime, Slow Motto & Close To Your Eyes.
Musician on the Night Club album: Peter Michael, Lars Fabiansen, Klaus Menzer, Christina Boelskifte & Peter Hansen.
Gateway Music 2016
Tracks: Musicolors, Ready For Take Off, Let Me Feel Your Love, Somebody Out There, Teatime For Lucy, The Woman Walking By The Sea, Color Control, Morning Mist, Fly Me To Heaven, Walk By My Side, Out Of The Blue & Slow Colors.
Musician on the Colortones album: Peter Michael, Lars Fabiansen, Klaus Menzer, Christina Boelskifte, Claus Suhr & Andre Sørensen.
Gateway Music 2011
Tracks: Under The Palm Tree, Another Sunny Day, Driftin´, Once In A Lifetime, Cocktail. Foggy Tuesday, Gypsy Jam, Brandy & Jazz, Winter Days, Airborne, Slow Woman, Tah III, What I´m Talkin´About & Makin´A Change.
Musicians on the Driftin´album: Peter Michael, Lars Fabiansen and others.
Music Speaks Louder Than Words
Gateway Music 2008
Tracks: The Pier, Incredible, Room For Milk, No One Like You, Paralysed, One More Minute, Shoot, Lazy, Eurabian Fantasy, Music Speaks, Tah-Two, Practisin´, Jamfadin´ & One More Minute (Radio-Jam).
Musicians on the Music Speaks Louder Than Words album: Peter Michael, Lars Fabiansen, Christina Boelskifte, Moussa Diallo, Bo Fabiansen, Claes Suhr, Hans Ulrik, Andre Sørensen, Klaus Menzer, Chris Minh Doky, Roy Richards, Frank Senior, Rune Holberg & Jonathan Thorsteinsson.
Gateway Music 2006
Tracks: Close Your Eyes, Ice J.Am, The Music´s Gonna Get You, Secret Water, Goodbye, Tah, This Is A Jam, Round About, The Gate, So Wonderful, Relax, Jamride, The Original Breathe & Close Your Eyes (Radio-Jam).
Musicians on the Jamhunters album: Peter Michael, Lars Fabiansen and others.