Franz Koglmann: An Affair With Strauss
With this recording, the musicians perpetuate the aura of Johann Strauss while turning in an intelligent, thoroughly charming and sophisticated set of mostly original compositions. On Pieces such as “A Metropolitan Affair”, “Next To Nothing – A Non Affair” and “Dear Little Pipistrelle”, the band conveys either lightly swinging grooves or waltz-like motifs, counterbalanced by delicate phrasing from the soloists while melding a neo-classical approach with modern jazz-type dialogue. “Out Of Strauss” features pungent, fluid lines along with hybrid waltz-samba rhythms and a touch of free-jazz style compositional deconstruction. Here, bassist Peter Herbert induces rhythms by tapping his wooden acoustic bass while guitarist Burkhard Stangl performs unorthodox chord voicings in tandem with melodic intervals that often skirt the fringes of Euro-classicism. George Posford’s “Good Night Vienna” serves as a jaunty vehicle for Tony Coe’s slightly tongue-in-cheek vocals that invoke somewhat of a cabaret atmosphere..
Once again, Franz Koglmann and co. provide an engaging mix of what some might refer to as Chamber-Jazz while pursuing multicolored panoramas or aural vistas that often stimulate the mind’s imaginative eye. * * * *
Personnel (Monoblue Quartet): Franz Koglmann; Trumpet; Flugelhorn: Tony Coe; Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Vocals: Burkhard Stangl; Guitar: Peter Herbert; Bass
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Record Label: Between the Lines