German and international music scene stalwarts, violinist Albrecht Maurer and flutist Norbert Rodenkirchen juxtapose the visual arts with music, focusing on German surrealist painter Max Ernst's ideologies, poetry, and techniques duly noted in the album liners. Here, the duo casts a hybrid, folk, jazz, and classical muse while bringing a polytonal agenda to the forefront, and uncannily melding a sense of antiquity with a newfangled complexion. These aspects are partly attributed to Maurer's use of a gothic fiddle that forges a pastoral musical climate. One of the many rewarding factors here pertains to the duo's continual sense of ...read more
Melencolia is based on Abrecht Dürer's 1514 engraving by the same name, created during Germany's horrific Peasants' Wars. However, these prominent jazz and avant-garde artists unite the brighter side of life to offset some fierce interactions. The lower register of Theo Jorgensmann's G-low clarinet synchronizes with Albrecht Maurer's violin and viola phrasings, bringing the duo closer from a timbral perspective. As such, the music emerges from a similar plane and intimates a tighter soundscape with a narrowed gap between higher and lower registers.With subtle harmonies and chirpy spikes in the action all tinted with classical overtones, ...read more
Bassist Kent Carter moved from the United States to Europe in the 60’s which has led him on somewhat of a storybook course through the British Free-Jazz movement, stints with Steve Lacy, Paul Bley and many others. Here, the master bassist performs a series of duets with the equally adept violinist Albrecht Maurer taking place at Carter’s recording studio in the quaint town of “Juillaguet”, which appropriately translates into The Juillaguet Collection.
Throughout these nine pieces, Carter and Maurer exhibit uncanny intuitiveness especially since most of these pieces are improvised as the duo obtain the most from their resonant, wooden-toned ...read more
Free improvisations that are stunning in their richness and melodic tonalities. Bassist Kent Carter, a veteran of Steve Lacy's Seventies groups, and violinist Albrecht Maurer obviously know each other very well. The music they make together is full of conventional" harmonies as much as it is of dissonance, so that these pieces sound classically designed and wide-ranging, as if Stravinsky or Mahler had suddenly taken up free improvisation.
Each is a lovely little piece, with the longest (and one of the two based on prearranged themes), Archaic Fragments," clocking in at a little over thirteen minutes. The others are never ...read more