Not Missing Drums Project: Offline Adventures
You never quite feel as if you've got your feet on the ground with this one. About the only thing that can be said is that this recording contains the work of some stunningly gifted musicians, who can seamlessly weave free improvisation with classical elements and who knows what else. Pianist Bardo Henning is a powerful instrumentalist, cut out of his own cloth, with no one (except maybe the likes of Olivier Messiaen) to whom he owes any obvious debt. A gaggle of string players, notably violinist Wolfram Korr ("Das letzte Ölbild") perform with blazing intensity. Rudi Mahall is a Dolphyan but worthy bass clarinetist ("Heimliche Stufen").
The greatest accolades, however, must be reserved for Joachim Gies, whose quicksilver alto and clarinet ("Schatten auf den Hügeln") enliven all too few of these tracks. This is strange, reeling, mannered, eclectic music: not for everyone, but full of rewards for those who love music on the edge, expertly delivered.
Margarete Huber, Margreth Kammerer, Alex Nowitz, Wolfgang Ritthoff, voc; Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, sax, cl; Joachim Gies, sax, cl; J
Record Label: Leo Records
Style: Modern Jazz