Austrian reedman and multi-instrumentalist Max Nagle has recorded for several, prominent European modern jazz labels. He's a master craftsman who resides as one of the wittiest performers within the new music and progressive jazz realms. From album to album, Nagl pulls previously undetected tricks out of his bag as his artistry equates to a marvel of invention to coincide with this democratic trio engagement.
With Boulazac, Nagl seamlessly fuses disparate genres into a jazzy feast. On the opening "Boongalow," he fuses a 4/4 1960s style rock vibe into a mood-evoking, prog-jazz motif, treated with sampling effects to counter the rhythm section's thrusting pulse. In other regions, Nagl uses a toy guitar and banjo atop Clemens Wenger's dirty electric piano voicings and bizarre electronics-based shadings. They dish out some heavy-handed prog rock-like unison choruses as well.
Marked by driving cadences and Wenger's raspy-toned keys, the musicians also contort and refresh various themes while rendering a few ethereal passages. The band also straddles the avant-garde in concert with various shifts in strategy. Nagl multi-tracks alto sax and clarinet on the quaint, Viennese waltz vibe of "Blues in Erdberg," where he conjures up imagery of a ballroom dance for one.
Nagl integrates Eastern folk and jazz-fusion into the agenda, yet through it all the music is branded by an authoritative entity, bearing the unit's distinct approach and savvy technical excursions. Indeed, the musicians shun mediocrity.
Track Listing: Boongalow; Roller; Filter; Jalousie; Glanda Jumper; Magpie; Blues in Erdberg; Bagger; Boulazac; Brauwiese; Einzelfahrt; BpS.
Personnel: Max Nagl: alto sax, clarinet, sampler, melodica, toy guitar, steel drums, banjo; Clemens Wenger: keyboards, toy piano (10); Herbert Pirker:
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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