131

Franz Koglmann: Don't Play, Just Be

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Franz Koglmann: Don't Play, Just Be
Once again, the brilliant Austrian composer/flugelhornist Franz Koglmann derives inspiration and motivation from literary and cinematic works. This extravaganza, features a full-blown chamber orchestra to augment the work of famed jazz soloists, James Emery (guitar), Tony Coe (woodwinds) and others. Here, Koglmann delves into the Third Stream with this hybrid symphonic/modern jazz/big band program.

Koglmann divides this set into two theme pieces: "Don't Play, Just Be (for quartet and chamber orchestra)" and "Spate Liebe (4 Songs based on poems by Franz Schuh for soprano, quartet and chamber orchestra)." Many of these interleaving works feature the leader's clement and strikingly lyrical flugelhorn work amid swinging grooves and a series of mood-altering passages. Koglmann's often vividly conceived harmonic inventions shine throughout. However, vocalist Ursula Fiedler's operatic arias on four pieces occasionally detract from the intersecting musical frameworks. To that end, certain areas or movements seem a bit strained and somewhat wearisome.

The artists periodically disseminate a cool, sleek; West Coast (jazz) vibe to coincide with accordionist Krassimir Sterev's exquisitely rendered accents. All that and much more! While Koglmann's latest brainchild might loom as one of his most audacious efforts to date. Recommended'

Track Listing

Don?t Play, Just Be: 1.Nuit blanche 2. Don?t Play, Just Be 3.Rivette 4.Blue Look ? Spate Liebe: 5.Spate Liebe 6.Stilleben 7.Mutter 8.Radio banal 9.Entre chien et loup

Personnel

Klangforum Wien chamber orchestra, conducted by: Emilio Pomarico ? Ursula Fiedler: soprano ? Tony Coe: clarinet & tenor saxophone ? Franz Koglmann: flugelhorn ? James Emery: guitar ? Uli Fussenegger: bass ? Peter Herbert: bass (track #9)

Album information

Title: Don't Play, Just Be | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Between the Lines

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read Lost & Found
Lost & Found
Guillermo Bazzola
Read Night Visions
Night Visions
Scott Sawyer
Read The Dancing Devils of Djibouti
The Dancing Devils of Djibouti
The Dancing Devils of Djibouti
Read People Flow
People Flow
Erik Verwey
Read Kites and Strings
Kites and Strings
Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project
Read Borrowed From Children
Borrowed From Children
Paul Flaherty / Mike Roberson / Randall Colbourne / James Chumley Hunt

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.