Georg Breinschmid is a madman; a genius madman, but a madman just the same. "Schnucki von Heanois" is a Yiddish Rap and is not even the subject of this piece. Breinschmid's brand of music is a bit hard to describe, but here goes. The bassist takes whatever musical tradition striking him at the time and infuses it with such a potent Eastern European spirit that it's impossible to know if you should dance a polka or a bluegrass jig.
Breinschmid and trumpeter Thomas Gansch take on the Johann Strauss tradition in their duet, "Trompetenpolka/Radetzkymarsch." The two musicians are so cheeky that they willfully interpolate jazz standards like "Cherokee" directly into the medley. A grand sense of humor characterizes the playing, making the pair sound a bit like what street musicians would sound like in a Jewish New Orleans French Quarter.
A small taste, sure, but Brein's World may be the most inventive release of the year.
Track Listing: CD1: 7/8 Landler; Musette #2; Jacaranda; Computer-Wienerlied; Brein's Knights; Quartier Latin; Leibestraum; Flugzeugderorist; Intermezzo; 5/4; Bach 11/16; Tschukkn Belle; Festivalse; Room 422; CD2: Without Me; Trompetenpolka/Radetzkymarsch; Schnucki von Heanois; Dark Lights; Dream #71; Lied des Zwangsdenkers; Petite Valse; Oldtime Hit; Urlaub am Giati; Blues Five; Ma muass aufhean wanns am scheenstn is; Window Serenade; Todespolka; Wienerlied GPS.
Personnel: Georg Breinschmid: bass; Thomas Gansch: trumpet.
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