Nils Wogram & Konrad Bauer: Serious Fun
Track demarcations are of secondary importance as each improvisation blends smoothly into the next creating the feeling of one continuous extended performance. As the titles may suggest there’s a healthy dose of humor injected into the proceedings, which carries through in the incredible way in which the player’s presage each other’s moves. Each man alternates between lead and support and the harmonic understanding between the two is downright supernatural. What’s even more impressive they never resort to the self-absorbed flatulence so often indicative of free improvisation on trombone. The players enunciate every note and tone with clarity and precision while a still retaining a startling array of extended techniques and effects. On “Standing In the Sitting Room” they seem to anticipate and react to the constantly shifting terrain with a speed and versatility that is supersonic in execution. “The Trail” finds them negotiating a winding harmonic path through a thicket of gorgeously voiced tonal counterpoint. If there’s one thing these duets prove beyond reasonable doubt it’s that any instrument no matter its shape, size or reputation has it’s virtuosos. As its title so succinctly implies this disc is some serious fun from start to finish.
Tracks:Good Morning Folks/ Right In Your Face/ Are You Shy?/ Wild Turkey/ Standing In the Sitting Room/ Fat Free/ The Trail/ More Pie!/ Cookies For the Listener/ The Hummingbird/ Don’t Move/ The No No/ Northern Lights/ Industrial/ The Three Legged Cat/ Serious Fun.
Players:Nils Wogram- trombone; Konrad Bauer- trombone.
Recorded: September 12 & 13, 1999, Rossie, NY.
Record Label: CIMP Records
Style: Modern Jazz