Statements Quintet: The Cat's Pyjamas
This is intense and unclassifiable music. Pianist Ursel Schlicht does seem to owe a debt to Taylor, and of course, bassist Dominic Duval is a member of the great pianist's group, but in contrast to Taylor's music, there is a less immediately recognizable sense of form here. Also each of the voices is so capable of experimentation and mutation that it's often hard to tell which instrument is making which sound.
The tempos range from hardly present at all - amid tinklings and brief forays - to furious poundings. The textures are just as variable, with each instrumentalist coming to the fore, sometimes briefly, sometimes for longer periods, and all of them working well together. Mostly this is power free music somewhat akin to Taylor's, played with great ability and great abandon. An absorbing disc.
Ursel Schlicht, p; Hans Tammen, g; Jay Rosen, d, perc; Christoph Immer, vln.
Track listing: Three Forms / Living Proof / Machine Tool / Sticks in the Throat / Ladybug's Attack / Relieve Power Supply / Short Stories / Between Two Lines / Angry Alien / Late at the Jazz Club.
Record Label: Leo Records
Style: Modern Jazz