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...

3

Leonel Kaplan/Christof Kurzmann/Eden Carrasco: Casa Corp

John Eyles By

Sign in to view read count
Casa Corp is the second release by the Buenos Aires-based trio of Argentine trumpeter Leonel Kaplan, Chilean alto saxophonist Edén Carrasco, and Austrian vocalist Christof Kurzmann. It follows Una Casa / Observatorio (2011), on Kaplan's own Three Chairs Recordings label. Kaplan and Carrasco were also on the Dromos label's first release in 2009, Moments of Falling Petals, in a trio completed by guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama. In common with all releases on Dromos, Casa Corp is released in a limited edition, each one housed in a unique sleeve featuring an original piece of art work, in this case a print of an original oil painting made by American artist Thuy-Van Vu.

The music consists of one 33-minute track recorded in December, 2011 at Buenos Aires' Casa Co. It opens so quietly that it might appear that there's a sound system malfunction; only after two minutes have elapsed are any kind of sounds detectable—the most minimal traces of breathing, passing through instruments, coupled with electronic noise. This opening effectively functions as a Cageian silence, only being broken (just before the 4' 33" mark, incidentally) by Kurzmann's voice intoning "The Red Flag," accompanied by textural sounds—more breath, and key popping from Carrasco and Kaplan. As always, Kurzmann's instantly recognizable vocals are stylized but extremely affecting in a well-matched combination of voice, electronics and instrumental sounds.

After the vocals end, the piece continues as a three-way improvisation in which the trumpet and saxophone intersperse conventional notes with breathy sounds, combining with Kurzmann's electronic tones into an atmospheric soundscape rich in detail and depth. Some five minutes from the end, Kurzmann reprises his vocal performance of "The Red Flag" before a final coda of silence brings the piece to a satisfyingly symmetrical close. As a whole, Casa Corp is well-constructed and equally well-performed, the kind of piece that will handsomely repay repeated listening.

Track Listing: Casa Corp.

Personnel: Edén Carrasco: alto saxophone; Christof Kurzmann: voice, electronics; Leonel Kaplan: trumpet.

Title: Casa Corp | Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Dromos Records

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Casa Corp

Casa Corp

Dromos Records
2012

buy
 

Neuschnee

Double Moon Records
2009

buy
 

Ternitz Tennessee

Double Moon Records
2000

buy

Related Articles

Read Oscar Peterson Plays CD/LP/Track Review
Oscar Peterson Plays
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 23, 2018
Read State Of The Baritone Volume 2 CD/LP/Track Review
State Of The Baritone Volume 2
by Mark Corroto
Published: April 23, 2018
Read Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume one) CD/LP/Track Review
Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume one)
by Chris May
Published: April 23, 2018
Read Friends & Family CD/LP/Track Review
Friends & Family
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 23, 2018
Read Northern Migrations CD/LP/Track Review
Northern Migrations
by Ian Patterson
Published: April 22, 2018
Read Egregore CD/LP/Track Review
Egregore
by John Eyles
Published: April 22, 2018
Read "Doors" CD/LP/Track Review Doors
by John Eyles
Published: April 4, 2018
Read "Provenance" CD/LP/Track Review Provenance
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 4, 2017
Read "Air Guitar" CD/LP/Track Review Air Guitar
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 14, 2018
Read "Opus" CD/LP/Track Review Opus
by Doug Collette
Published: March 29, 2018
Read "Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand" CD/LP/Track Review Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 23, 2017
Read "20" CD/LP/Track Review 20
by Ian Patterson
Published: January 20, 2018