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Hans Glawischnig: Jahira

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The tonal riches of Hans Glawischnig's Jahira are so prodigious that the album feels like a devastatingly beautiful canvas that remains constantly wet and therefore changing and shape-shifting. Glawischnig has always given notice of his propensity for colors as he held together the bottom--and sometimes the top--register of the harmonics of many breathtaking musical charts. Now in supreme command of melody (which he generously shares with a pair of saxophones) and rhythm (which he shares with a drum set), the bassist seems to have developed all of these facets of song both exponentially and all at once. Thus the sublimely ...

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Hans Glawischnig: Panorama

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There are times when it seems Europeans have a greater appreciation for musical styles that originated in the United States. Hans Glawischnig's Panorama is one example of adopting an art form, jazz, and treating it like it's his own creation. Glawischnig is a native of Graz, Austria, who moved to New York City in 1992. He graduated magna cum laude from Berklee College of Music and received his B.A. from Manhattan School of Music in 1994. His credits include recordings and performances with Chick Corea, David Sanchez, Ray Barretto, Ravi Coltrane, Phil Woods, Dave Liebman and Maynard ...

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Hans Glawischnig: Panorama

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Bassist Hans Glawischnig was born in Graz, Austria in 1970, to an American mother and Austrian father, Dieter Glawischnig, a well-respected pianist and conductor who led the NDR Big Band for Chet Baker. The younger Glawischnig has been a New Yorker since the early 1990s and now brings his second release Panorama, following his debut recording, Common Ground (Fresh Sound/New Talent, 2001).

Glawischnig has gathered lots of work experience since his first recording, bringing nine compositions and some noted musical friends to this session. In addition to altoist Miguel Zenon, who provides a goodly share of the saxophone ...

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Hans Glawischnig: Panorama

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Since moving to New York in the early nineties, Austrian-born bassist Hans Glawischnig has worked regularly with such esteemed artists as Bobby Watson, Maynard Ferguson and James Moody. Regular gigs with Latin jazz legends Ray Barretto and David Sanchez helped position Glawischnig as a stellar, if unlikely, interpreter of Afro-Latin traditions.

His debut album, Common Ground (Fresh Sounds, 2001), featured loose ensemble charts with ample room for individual expression. Panorama is a more compositionally intricate affair, revealing a plethora of moods and styles supported by harmonically complex structures.

Joined by an array of longstanding sidemen and ...

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Hans Glawischnig: Panorama

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Bassist Hans Glawischnig has several positive factors working for him on his second recording as leader. He writes with a fine focus, even though he goes across several styles. Melody is inherent in his compositions and so is room for improvisation. He is not averse to letting a tune blossom into something different from the stem that feeds it. He is helped by a fine group of players that he divides into trios and quartets and, for one tune, a quintet, to give each of his tunes a well-defined perspective.

Glawischnig has two pianists in Luis Perdomo and Chick Corea. ...

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Hans Glawischnig: Panorama

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It is refreshing to listen to a jazz recording where the music is in keeping with the title. Panorama is exactly what bassist Hans Glawischnig debut on Sunnyside is. Glawischnig, an Austrian-born, New York City resident, is a bit of a panorama himself. Glawischnig's name rings true in the confines of Latin jazz, where he has spent a good deal of time woodsheading, collaborating, exploring, and defining.

Panorama is powerfully dense with complex composing and solo high-wire acts. Alto Saxophonist Muguel Zenon gets his John Coltrane-freak on in the disc opener, “Line Drive," a lazy modal piece that ...

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Hans Glawischnig: Panorama

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Despite the global nature of today's music, it might seem odd that a bassist named Hans Glawischnig has built a considerable reputation in the arenas of Central/South American-inflected jazz. But while the Austrian-born, New York-resident Glawischnig has indeed, spent considerable time with contemporary players stretching the boundaries of their cultures like pianist Luis Perdomo and alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, as well as with the more traditional percussionist Ray Barretto, he's also worked on straight-ahead projects with artists like saxophonist James Moody.

Add to that mix his own classical background and Panorama--his second release as a leader--could ...

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Hans Glawischnig: Panorama

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It would be a misnomer to refer to bassist Hans Glawischnig as just a rising star. With an impressive body of work (albeit as a sideman) since moving to New York in the early nineties, the Austrian native has provided a firm foundation for artists including Bobby Watson's Urban Renewal Band, saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera and vibraphonist Stefon Harris. Glawischnig's attributes include power and melodism in the vein of such players as Dave Holland and Drew Gress. But there's also a refined thread of classical training, especially when you hear his impeccable bow work. With original compositions covering ...



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