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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.
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.
The Lark is a wonderful track that builds gradually, Gemmer's piano solo in particular setting things up admirably, allowing La Cour to release the tension just before the three minute mark. It is no exaggeration to say that the piece and the solo stand comparison with the likes of the late Kenny Wheeler, and the only complaint is I'd have liked it to go on longer.
This is a well-balanced album that makes for a satisfying listen. The mood can be brooding and intense, yet still open enough to shift and to allow some romance into the mix. [...] Gemmer has assembled a band that is both...
Die Besetzung ist offensichtlich bestens aufeinander eingespielt. Zwischen intensiv und entspannt, schräg und harmonisch ein gelungener Balanceakt. Kaufen.
An attention to the flow of melody prevails. The musicians are unfolding Gemmers intelligent contemporary jazz compositions. It’s the kind of jazz that’s ripe with detail. Gemmer puts forth a range of ideas and succeeds in tying them together. [...] Søren Gemmers The Lark is a very strong and recommendable album. An album, that builds upon the debut, yet appears as something new and different.
FIELD plays Jazz. Period. Of course one feels invited to delve into the metaphor-laden accolades which have become the all-too familiar tune of reviews everywhere such as “the eruptive drum attacks spur on the sheer endless cascades of notes by the saxophone to leap to new ground while being gently carried by the warm guitar…” and so on.
I feel like this would not do FIELD’s music justice, because above all this band’s music is clear, straight-forward and honest. Its directness always keeps the listener close. Uli says he firmly believes that music in general and this music in particular...
Søren Gemmer 'The Lark'
Mads La Cour (flugelhorn & eb-trumpet), Per Møllehøj (guitar), Tapani Toivanen (bass), Andreas Fryland (drums), Søren Gemmer (piano)
Recorded April 29th-30th 2015 by Chris Weeda at Fattoria Musica, Osnabrück, Germany. Mixed by Chris Weeda. Mastered by Darius Van Helfteren. Artwork by Mike Højgaard.
The second release from pianist and composer, Søren Gemmer, presents an elaboration on the trademark melodicism displayed on the internationally acclaimed debut album.
THE LARK features five distinct voices in empathetic interplay and in inspired solo efforts,...
Die zehn handverlesenen, in zahlreichen Konzerten ausgefeilten Eigenkompositionen des Albums halten gekonnt die Balance zwischen phantasievoller Komposition und Improvisation und gefallen spontan schon wegen ihres großen Abwechslungsreichtums [...] Freunde ambitionierten Piano-Jazz dürfte „Satt“ auf Anhieb gefallen als ein exzellentes Album, an dem man sich nicht satthören kann.
FIELD’s new record is called “Heal The Rich”. It’s not called “Kill The Rich”, not least because this invitation (from which our title sets itself apart with such gentle humanity) would decimate a part of our audience and probably, ourselves, too. Besides, music is a formidable means of healing. And while there is no shortage of instruments of death in our world, there is a dire need for healing the alienation from ourselves and our environment which is currently ailing us. Music seems destined to help here, to serve as a potential instrument for a return to a meaningful life. A healing...
FM Trio 'Satt'
Fabian M. Mueller (piano), Kaspar von Grünigen (bass), Fabian Bürgi (drums)
Recorded February 13 - 15, 2015 by Christoph Utzinger and FM Trio at bau 4, Altbüron, Switzerland. Mixed October 2015 by Christoph Utzinger. Mastered November 2015 by Hannes Kumke. Artwork by Travassos.
After eight years of cooperation and almost 200 concerts, the FM Trio has achieved a musical maturity that is fully entering into the present album. The compositions were by means of numerous shows put to the acid test and subsequently handpicked for this compilation. The FM Trio is always on the...
[...] nichts wirkt angestrengt, alles bleibt im Fluss, und trotzdem entsteht hier eine Musik, die unter Hochspannung steht.
Philip Zoubek Solo 'Air'
Philip Zoubek (prepared piano)
All compositions by Philip Zoubek. Recorded December 2014 by Stefan Deistler at Loft, Cologne, Germany. Mixed and edited by Philip Zoubek and Pedja Avramovic at Mediapark Studios, Cologne, Germany. Artwork by Markus Dorninger.
15 years ago, when Philip Zoubek began his jazz studies at the academy in Cologne, he was particularly fascinated by free improvisation. Specifically, he was taken by music that broke with the traditional division of roles and the function of instruments, music which encompassed expanded techniques in its...
Start weg springt der Funke über: Man kennt die Melodien, hat sie so aber noch nicht gehört. Hier werden spielfreudig, klug und raffiniert Horizonte neu aufgezogen.
Musik von heute – gespielt für Hörer, die sich um Stile vielleicht gar nichts scheren, sich aber an Wiedererkennungs-Effekten mit spannender Verfremdungs-Garantie freuen können. Für Entdecker. Und für Genießer, die auch das Raue mögen. Das vermischt sich hier mit eingängigen Rhythmen und mit einer Spiellust voller unorthodox-jazziger Schönheit. Sperrige Freuden – in musikalischen Plots, die funktionieren.