AZOPA (Achim Tang - Zoltan Lantos - Patrice Heral): Makahia
The band frames folksy motifs amid a smattering of avant-garde musings and ambient soundscapes yet soar heavenward via Lantos’ sweet-tempered and at times, scorching lines on pieces such as “Daksha” and others. On “Name The Night”, Achim Tang executes a sturdy ostinato bass pulse, which serves as the foundation for Lantos’ lilting hybrid folk/blues/classical/jazz soloing and endearing melodies. Basically, Makahia is an absorbing effort, as this tightly integrated little big band presents the listener with a captivating spin on familiar territory, while maintaining an outwardly unique group sound and vibe! Recommended.
Track Listing: Call The Morning, Forty8 Fifty8, Lovelines, Air Concert, Daksha, Event Horizon, I
Personnel: Zoltan Lantos (Budapest): 5-string violin, 5+16 sympathetic string violin: Achim Tang (Vienna); bass: Patrice Heral; (Montpellier); drums, percussion, tabla, bendir, live electronics
Record Label: November Music
Style: Modern Jazz