Jan Harbeck Quartet plays modern acoustic jazz with a warm, present and personal expression. In 2008, Jan Harbeck Quartet received a Grammy for the record ‘In the Still of the Night’ and have since been one of the very best selling Danish instrumental jazz groups. The quartet plays a mix of Harbeck’s compositions and selected jazz standards of the rare kind. What unites them are the focus on a strong melody and the occasional melancholic dramatics.

“The tenor saxophone is the sound of jazz. The soul of the music. Once Copenhagen had Ben Webster to blow that soul to life. Now we have Jan Harbeck.” – Politiken 10/7 2010

The latest record ‘Variations in Blue’ is featuring the American sax star Walter Smith III. It was well received by the press and the worlds leading jazz magazine DownBeat wrote the following:

‘Danish saxist Jan Harbeck has put together a gorgeous set of bluesy standards, tangos and originals. Since the tracks are all unhurried – recorded live with no cuts or overdubs – the whole program slips down like a vintage port. Despite the familiarity of “Don’t Let the Sun…” and “Blues In the Night”, Harbeck’s originals fit the rundown like silk stockings, slowly unfurling.’
4 of 5 stars — Michael Jackson, DownBeat Magazine, march 2015

The music confesses itself to the history of jazz, but at the same time, it has a personal feature, where each of the four musicians contribute. Henrik Gunde is one of the most wanted Danish jazz musicians with his present and virtuos play by the piano. Bassist Eske Nørrelykke has a strong influence on the other members of the quartet with his unique minimalistic style, while Anders Holm unites swing and groove with finesse and understated play at the drums. The quartet is able to create an intimate space with an acoustically balanced sound, where nothing comes between the audience and the musicians.

Concert review in Danish newspaper ‘Politiken’ from Jan Harbeck Quartet’s show at Copenhagen Jazz Festival, by the music editor Thomas Michelsen: “Harbeck demonstrated, that nobody can put their soul into a jazz ballad like he can”, and earlier, in the same newspaper, he also wrote: “the tenor saxophone is the essential sound of jazz. The soul of the genre. Once upon a time we had Ben Webster in Copenhagen to put the soul to life again. Today we have Jan Harbeck.”