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Reading The Air
Jan Bang
Jazzland Benelux
Release Date
February 23, 2024

Composer/keyboard-player/singer/producer Jan Bang is known for albums and live performances in collaboration with (innovative jazz) musicians like Bugge Wesseltoft, Dhafer Youssef, Jon Hassell, Sidsel Endresen, Tigran Hamasyan, Arild Andersen, David Sylvian, Nils Petter Molvaer, Dai Fujikura, Arve Henriksen, Eivind Aarset and Erik Honore. After a string of instrumental releases and two song-based albums with the project Dark Star Safari, “Reading The Air” is his first vocal-based solo album since 1998.

The album’s lyrical, lingering compositions, built around Bang’s voice, keyboards and electronics, are enhanced by an accomplished team: vocalists Anneli Drecker, Simin Tander and Benedikte Klow Askedalen, trumpeter Arve Henriksen, duduk player Canberk Ulas, guitarist Eivind Aarset, bassist Audun Erlien and drummer Anders Engen.

“Reading The Air” is co-produced and mixed by Jan Bang's longtime partner and Punkt Festival co-founder Erik Honore, who also wrote the lyrics; ambiguous meditations on loss and transience, with glimpses of hope and reconciliation. The title “Reading The Air” borrows a Japanese term that means ‘understanding the situation without words’ or ‘sensing someone's feelings’.


  1. Nameless
  2. Reading The Air
  3. Burgundy
  4. Food For The Journey
  5. Delia
  6. War Paint
  7. Winter Sings
  8. The Cards
  9. Cycle
  10. No Paradise Lost
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