Any recording that features saxophonist/clarinetist Michael Moore deserves attention these days as pianist Achim Kaufmann and his quartet have come up with a sure-fired dandy with this new release titled, Double Exposure. Here, Kaufmann and Moore create a stirring front line along with superb support from bassist John Schroder and one of the most in demand session drummers on the scene, John Hollenbeck. Simply put, these gents sound as though they’ve been shedding for years which is evident from the onset of the modern jazz-soulful boogie opener, “Carnies”. On this piece, Kaufmann displays a percussive attack amid fleet-fingered bop-ish lines as the band links abstract expression with cunning lyricism and a shifty pulse while Hollenbeck goes on a semi disciplined rampage underneath Moore and Kaufmann’s tight unison choruses. The proceedings lighten up a bit as clarinetist Michael Moore, performs softly flowing and airy melodies on the aptly titled, “Dream Logic” whereas the composition titled, “Pea Head” features prominent bass lines by Schroder for a groove that lies somewhere between funk and bop. Throughout, the band spews forth a quiet storm via bubbly melodies, burgeoning rhythms, and inventive soloing. Essentially, Kaufmann shines as a young stylist who possesses an exceptional compositional pen as these works impart a lasting impression. Hence, Double Exposure is among the finest and most refreshing modern jazz releases of 2000. Highly recommended!
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Achim Kaufmann; Piano: Michael Moore; Clarinet, Alto Saxophone & Bass Clarinet: john Schroder; Bass Guitar & Guitar: John Hollenbeck; Drums & Percussion
Why do I love jazz? Well, depending on what you mean by jazz, I can send an answer in any number of directions. Briefly, I was exposed to this crazy music as a little boy, my dad good friends with the local music store, where he bought sheet music to play from his baby grand
Why do I love jazz? Well, depending on what you mean by jazz, I can send an answer in any number of directions. Briefly, I was exposed to this crazy music as a little boy, my dad good friends with the local music store, where he bought sheet music to play from his baby grand. Their massive record collection, my parents taking me to concerts and clubs (only one of five kids to do so), the Magnavox furniture stereo/radio ... it all added up. It was complex, emotional music. And it had rhythm! I drummed and followed the music through the '60s even as I enjoyed the new musics of my generation.
Along with side-trips to other musicians and music, it's been one hell of a pony ride ever since.