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I was perplexed by the title; HEAL THE RICH of ULI KEMPENDORFF’s [ts] group FIELD … Not perplexed so much by the music, an often bracing and rhythmic/arhythmic post bop, as by the title and the hype sheet … The leader’s tenor at times gives off a Paul Desmond like harmonic and has an attractive inverted sax sound.
Die von Themroc dargebotene Musik bohrt sich geradlinig, kompromisslos und äußerst unterhaltsam in die Gehörgänge. Nicht einmal der Verzicht auf einen Bass mag das Vergnügen schmälern.
Die zwingende Durchgängigkeit in den famosen Stücken und im Gesamtkonzept ist bemerkenswert. Eigenständiger, progressiver Jazz mit einer Prise Humor, der sich aus der Musik selbst abstrakt mitteilt.
Overall this is a very solid statement by excellent musicians, who know exactly how to express their ideas and how to play in ensemble setting, sharing responsibilities and inspiring each other. The atmosphere may sound cold and alienated at first, but in time the listener is drawn into the internal universe these musicians create.
There is really no need to say much more about this album except that it is one of the most interesting pieces of music I happened to come across in a long time and an absolute must hear to all true Jazz connoisseurs, especially those who also have an affinity to Pop / Rock music.
The music is a an open form of modern Jazz, which ignores genres and conventions and freely floats between melodic passages and free improvisations, presenting the complete palette used by today´s new generation of European Jazz players, who are constantly trying to expand the Jazz idiom.
These musicians are obviously very skilled and able to play basically anything, and yet they chose to challenge and stimulate rather than superficially please the listener.
This album requires perhaps several listening sessions to discover its full depth and intrinsic beauty, but the effort is definitely worth it.
The music is an open form modern European Jazz, based on melodic themes but incorporating rhythmic irregularities, odd meters and group improvisation, which together create a wonderfully weird tonal experience. The decision to use condensed, relatively short pieces turns this album into an emotional rollercoaster, with themes, rhythms and splintered interplays somehow making a perfect musical sense. A few intimate piano solo and piano / trumpet duets are also present.
Slowly the overlapping ideas and motifs accumulate to a profound work of a mature and opinionated composer with a unique voice. Gemmer affinity with La Cour is quite impressive and both sounding as expanding each other idea, playing in almost telepathic interplay.
Die vier Musiker erreichen mit einer scheinbar beruhigend distinguierten Distanz zum Geschehen eine einzigartige Gruppendynamik. [...] Der grafisch interessant gestalteten CD würden noch die philosophischen Gedankensplitter Kempendorffs guttun, die er auf der Webseite des Labels publiziert hat.
FIELD lässt die Avantgarde wieder swingen. Jedes Stück auf HEAL THE RICH überrascht mit unerwarteten Tempowechseln und immer wieder neuen Rhythmen.
Simon Kanzler 'Double Identity'
Simon Kanzler (vibraphone), Elias Stemeseder (piano), Max Andrzejewski (drums), Igor Spallati (bass), Max Mucha (bass); Chamber Ensemble: Chatschatur Kanajan (conductor), Benjamin Weidekamp (clarinet), Florian Bergmann (bass clarinet), Elvira van Groningen (violin), Clémence De Forceville (violin), Karen Lorenz (viola), Sirja Nironen (violoncello), Antonis Anissegos (piano)
All compositions by Simon Kanzler. Recorded January 2015 at Studio P4, Berlin, Germany. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jean-Boris Szymczak. Cover photo by Manfred Emmenegger-Kanzler....
Sounding at times as if it was recorded in California not Copenhagen, the Almugi Quartet is all about procedural balance, rarely if ever probing atonal highs or dissonant lows. However like a bespoke suit that piques with its discriminating detailing, the moderated and unusual pairing of cornet and clarinet produces an airy synthesis, perfectly suited to La Cour’s compositions.
Throughout, the group's lightning quick interactions and reactions keeps the music flowing and exciting. The comfort and ease the members of Field have playing together is a treat to hear.
Uli Kempendorff’s Field 'Heal the Rich'
Uli Kempendorff (ts, comp, arr), Ronny Graupe (git), Jonas Westergaard (b), Oliver Steidle (dr)
Recorded November 10 - 11, 2015 by Benjamin Spitzmüller at Studio H2, Berlin, Germany. Mixed by Benjamin Spitzmüller. Mastered by Klaus Scheuermann. Produced by Uli Kempendorff. Co-produced by Christian Weidner, Ronny Graupe, Jonas Westergaard and Oliver Steidle. Artwork by Sophia Martineck. Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Senatskanzlei für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Berlin.
FIELD‘s new album is called »Heal The Rich«. An album with a title that...
It would be easy for me to focus exclusively on the rhythmic aspects of Hyperactive Kid’s music, but that would be missing the point, the intervallic ingredients of their musical explorations is just as defining for their bold nonlinear structures. The three improvisers of this unit are intensely concerned with the drama of the inner life. Their music represents an abstraction of the every day life in our modern European society.
The potent energies screaming through HK’s improvisations and compositions are very real, and absolutely human.
Three interweaving individuals creating a...
What 'The Lark' shows is a most distinctive composer and player who has the strength of vision to take all the other players along with him. Sometimes stern but always compelling.
HEAL THE RICH richtet sich denn auch nur vordergründig an einen kleinen Personenkreis, in Wirklichkeit ist es gedacht für alle Menschen, die da Ohren haben zu hören.
very sophisticated music, fine interplay and an intensive melodic
Gemmer’s personality as a writer is stamped all over this set of arresting pieces that demand attention without ever shouting. The playing is effortless, always in service of the mood. An excellent set.