All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

216

Karlheinz Miklin & Quinteto Argentina: Aniversario - Sketches from Illyro-Argentina

Ian Patterson By

Sign in to view read count
Austrian saxophonist Karlheinz Miklin may not be a household name. Nevertheless, collaborations with trumpeters Art Farmer and Randy Brecker, trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff, bassists Chuck Israels and Graham Collier, and saxophonist Michael Brecker (not forgetting his long association with bassist Ron McClure and drummer Billy Hart) testify to the esteem in which his peers hold him.

Aside from his trio with McClure and Hart and his own Austrian quartet of nearly thirty years standing, Miklin has led the Quinteto Argentina since 1984 and his association with Argentina and its music goes back to the beginning of the 1970s. Aniversario—Sketches from Illyro Argentina (Extraplatte, 2006) is the band's eighth recording and this double CD captures Miklin in energetic and at times inspired form.

The band visits bossa nova and flirts with tango, yet despite this and the presence of Pocho Porteno on conga, this is not overtly Latin jazz; it is rather jazz from Argentina by way of Graz, Austria and the influences in the music are too myriad to label it "this jazz or "that jazz.

The opening notes of the impressive "Baguala de Illyria emanate from Miklin's bass clarinet, a deep leviathan rumble. His sound mutates into a plaintive lament, in turn picked up by trumpeter Gustavo Bergalli. The two harmonize over a funereal drum and sound sweetly melancholic. Miklin's aching bass clarinet solo which closes the song has something of the blues of bandoneon maestro Astor Piazzolla.

Miklin's virtuosity is much in evidence. His tenor is muscular and assertive on the percussion-driven "Cambio, is reminiscent of late-night (saxophonist) Ben Webster at the start of "Palomar, and cries and screeches on the swinging, breezy "Calypso. His playing is notable for its economy of notes, and he shows some of Argentinian saxophonist Gato Barbieri's liking for the dramatic, exclamative approach to soloing.

The quintet has the feel of a little big-band with its tight ensemble playing and brass harmonies and the stylish arrangements allow the instruments to drop in and out without lessening the momentum of the music.

On an album of strong compositions, a highlight is the delightful "Para Pochin, a slow, languid number dedicated to original surviving band member and drummer Pocho Lapouble. Marcelo Major on guitar and Alejandro Herrera on bass play a seductively simple melody over a metronomic percussive beat which sets the scene perfectly for Miklin and Bergalli to give full voice to their respective instruments.

Aniversario—Sketches from Illyrio-Argentina celebrates twenty years of this quintet's activity. The evidence presented here suggests that there is enough enthusiasm and creativity to carry the band for many more years to come.


Track Listing: Baguala de Illyria; Cambio; Catalypso; Tal Vez; Funk a Claaro; Joltz Waltz; Para Pochin; El Zurdo; Palomar; Kali Ipso; Patagonia.

Personnel: Karlheinz Miklin: saxophones, alto flute, bass clarinet; Alejandro Herrera: electric bass; Pocho Lapouble: drums, percussion; Gustavo Bergalli: trumpet, flugelhorn; Marcelo Major: guitar; Pocho Porteno: congas, percussion.

Title: Aniversario - Sketches from Illyro-Argentina | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Extraplatte

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Making Other Arrangements CD/LP/Track Review
Making Other Arrangements
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: April 19, 2018
Read Music in Motian CD/LP/Track Review
Music in Motian
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: April 19, 2018
Read Descansado - Songs For Films CD/LP/Track Review
Descansado - Songs For Films
by John Ephland
Published: April 19, 2018
Read Bright Force CD/LP/Track Review
Bright Force
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 19, 2018
Read Simbiose CD/LP/Track Review
Simbiose
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 18, 2018
Read For Lew CD/LP/Track Review
For Lew
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 18, 2018
Read "Find the Way" CD/LP/Track Review Find the Way
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 26, 2017
Read "NEVER DIE! by \\livingfossil//" CD/LP/Track Review NEVER DIE! by \\livingfossil//
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 4, 2018
Read "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" CD/LP/Track Review You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 24, 2018
Read "Feather" CD/LP/Track Review Feather
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 22, 2017
Read "Golan/Al Joulan Vol. 2" CD/LP/Track Review Golan/Al Joulan Vol. 2
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 8, 2017
Read "Trail Magic" CD/LP/Track Review Trail Magic
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 19, 2017