Departures (2017) 

"An album that impresses as a remarkably assured collection of contemporary jazz and one rendered even more impressive by its status as Nissen's maiden voyage." - Ron Schepper (

"Especially for a debut record, Nissen's Departures reflects a maturity of concept and execution that is rather impressive."   - Troy Dostert (All About Jazz)

"Everyone in the band just feels so right; every note, every phrase contributes to the whole in a way I’ve seldom heard in modern quartets." - Lynn René Bayley (Art Music Lounge)

"The Canadian bass ace reflects on his voyage to India with thoughtful pieces that reflect his impressionistic nature of the whole thing. . . . Fine stuff from one of the leaders of the next wave." - Chris Spector (Midwest Record)

Departures - Self-Released (2017)

Departures - Self-Released (2017)

Departures is Søren Nissen's first release as a bandleader and features all original jazz compositions inspired from 5 months of teaching and travelling through India. The music uses the jazz medium to tell a rich and captivating tale of exploration to new places and states of mind.  The band features many of Canada's finest emerging jazz musicians as well as a special guest Tabla player from India. The album has been receiving international acclaim since the release including a spot on the Ottawa Citizen and Textura Magazine's Top 20 Canadian Jazz albums of 2017. The album has also been featured on CBC's Saturday Night Jazz and JazzFm's First Listen programs and has reached the #1 spot on the Earshot National Jazz Charts.

Watch the EPK video to learn more about the project.