302

Stockhausen - Comisso - Thome: Es war einmal

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Stockhausen - Comisso - Thome: Es war einmal German trumpeter and composer Markus Stockhausen doesn't rest on his famous father and classical composer Karlheinz Stockhausen's laurels. With a hearty discography for this record label amid stints for ECM Records, ENJA and other well-known Germany-based outlets, the trumpeter has crafted a stylistic persona within the progressive jazz idiom.

On Es war einmal Stockhausen leads a bass-less trio, armed with golden-toned sound and lyrically charged articulations. His penchant for morphing variable tones and pitches spawns into multidirectional frameworks, and is accelerated by the intuitive interplay he enjoys with pianist Angelo Comisso and drummer Christian Thome. Shaped by memorably melodic and stately themes, the trio's music often elicits a sense of levitation via ascending choruses and endearing harmonic developments.

The musicians' weaving improvisational jaunts are often counterbalanced by regimented procession-like unison choruses and motifs that contain dream-state attributes. But they occasionally rev it up a few notches during free-form improvs and darting call/response dialogues. Moreover, Comisso uses his synthesizer as a means for generating colorific background treatments. On "Maytime, Comisso and Thome execute a swirling undercurrent for Stockhausen's gorgeous vibrato-drenched phrasings, spiced with majestic mini-themes. Essentially, the trio sustains interest as its divergent methodology flourishes with an abundance of twists, turns and gently rolling vistas. Here, the trumpeter's resounding tone and acute improvisational skills coalesce for an outing that projects a sanctifying muse, to complement the unit's windswept thematic approach.

Stockhausen and his band are establishing parameters in jazz music that skirt the perimeters of avant-garde expressionism with classically oriented structures and ethereal soundscapes. More importantly, the ensemble defines a stylistic viewpoint that outwardly communicates an identifiable source. These are not austere museum pieces, however. In effect, the trio successfully intertwines the cerebral element with a vibe that touches upon one's heart and soul. It's among the best of many perceived musical worlds, offering a distinct paradigm that intimates an abundance of intriguing propositions.


Track Listing: Es war einmal...; Morgenblick; Traumzweige; Kraftfelder; Sahel; Moths; Maytime; Jahoo Refrain; Smiling Parks; Mtoto.

Personnel: Markus Stockhausen: trumpet, fl

Title: Es war einmal | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Aktivraum


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read The Better Angels of Our Nature CD/LP/Track Review The Better Angels of Our Nature
by Karl Ackermann
Published: July 20, 2017
Read What Brought You Here? CD/LP/Track Review What Brought You Here?
by Troy Dostert
Published: July 20, 2017
Read My Head Is Listening CD/LP/Track Review My Head Is Listening
by John Sharpe
Published: July 20, 2017
Read Passin' Thru CD/LP/Track Review Passin' Thru
by Ian Patterson
Published: July 20, 2017
Read Ugly Beauty CD/LP/Track Review Ugly Beauty
by Nick Davies
Published: July 20, 2017
Read Relaxin’ With the Miles Davis Quintet CD/LP/Track Review Relaxin’ With the Miles Davis Quintet
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 19, 2017
Read "Northern Adventures" CD/LP/Track Review Northern Adventures
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 28, 2017
Read "Close Enough" CD/LP/Track Review Close Enough
by Budd Kopman
Published: August 8, 2016
Read "All These Hands" CD/LP/Track Review All These Hands
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 20, 2016
Read "The Broader Picture" CD/LP/Track Review The Broader Picture
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 8, 2016
Read "Collage of Moments" CD/LP/Track Review Collage of Moments
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: February 17, 2017
Read "Music Box Music" CD/LP/Track Review Music Box Music
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 8, 2017

Support All About Jazz: MAKE A PURCHASE  

Support our sponsor

Upgrade Today!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.

Donate!