This Munich quintet titled its debut simply Jazz. The album was so well received in Germany that it was subsequently released for Jazz-heads in the UK and Japan, too. Completely composed, performed, and produced by the band, this second full-length release showcases Hipnosis' excellent musicianshipespecially on the part of Wanja Slavin (alto sax, alto clarinet) and trombonist Gerhard Gschlössl up frontin a program challenging enough to feel like a classic post bop mainstream quintet date, perhaps a little lost in time but not quite anachronistic.
"Nova Express blasts off a high-powered rocket of ensemble playing that flies first class all the way, with saxophone introducing the melody, a melody heated by repeated rhythm section riffing to serve as the launching pad for the horn solos.
"The Opposite of Hamburg and "Prosciutto Di Fama let fly two more wind-jammers, Slavin blowing red-hot counter to Gschlössl's cool as they chase each other through the bebop jam format: Introduce the melody through the opening measures, then run away from the melody as fast as you possibly can in liberating exploration. More of an open construction, "Soul Search opens with saxophone backed only by drums, then slowly folds in trombone and other instruments.
The first two tracksthe title track and subsequent "Dewendiana showcase pianist Marc Schmolling as soloist and accompanist, especially the second cut, where he kicks the rhythmic pants of both drums and saxophone!
Schmolling shifts from acoustic piano to Fender Rhodes, modernizing the surface of the closing "Nimm Mich Mit through this change of sound and texture. The sound of clarinet and trombone bumping up against this electric keyboard reaches back to classic New Orleans Dixieland. But the rhythms and textures that Hipnosis adventurously and excitedly explores are more urgently up to date than that.
Track Listing: Carrousel; Dewendiana; Nova Express; The Opposite of Hamburg; Prosciutto di Fama; Soul
Search; Spring Seems to Be a Little Colder; A Mad Angel; Nimm Mich Ict.
Personnel: Wanja Slavin: alto sax, alto clarinet; Gerhard Gschlossl: trombone; Marc Schmolling: piano,
Fender Rhodes; Jerker Kluge: acoustic bass; Martin Kolb: drums; Mert Osterman: vocals.
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.