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Matthias Schubert / Simon Nabatov Duo: Descriptions

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Track review of "Obliqueness"

Matthias Schubert / Simon Nabatov Duo: Descriptions
Descriptions marks the initial alliance of venerable European improvisers, tenor saxophonist Matthias Schubert and pianist Simon Nabatov. Recorded live at a venue in Cologne, Germany, the musicians plan their modalities on descriptive nouns, which is an interesting proposition that tenders food for thought on a per-track basis. They mold song forms based on ephemeral or lengthy interpretations of a descriptive word. Nonetheless, the program is a composite of penetrating and forward-looking dialogues complete with asymmetrical sensibilities framed on introspection, oscillating or rumbling movements and incongruent tonal swashes. They even mimic the sounds of nature in a few spots, while occasionally delving into microtonal terrain.

"Obliqueness" is a track that vividly declares slanted applications and an indirect schematic as Schubert's opening solo spot lasts two minutes, where he projects a bit of happenstance via off-key, theme-building permutations. Nabatov enters the scenario with opaque and maniacally devised lower-register block chords, as the duo eventually intersects to dish out a flurry of discordant sub-motifs. However, Schubert calms the waters then explodes into a sequence of circular riffs; hence, the piece ends with a faint sob. Here and throughout, the musicians re-imagine the perceived descriptions to employ as a forum for fertile improvisational workouts. Unlike some free form expositions, the artists root their output on implied meanings, executed via similes or perceptions, largely immersed in astute impressionism.

Personnel

Matthias Schubert: tenor saxophone; Simon Nabatov: piano.

Album information

Title: Descriptions | Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Leo Records

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