The self-titled debut album by the Igor Lunder Sextet features exceedingly tasteful and smooth performances of material composed and arranged by guitarist Lunder, which is uniformly melodic and tranquil. The first listen tends to be absorbed with little effort into one's consciousness. The next few listens reveal the artful arrangements and subtle skill of the musicians.
For a decent-sized band, the members of Lunder's sextet do an admirable job of getting out of each others' way and creating a sound that is uncluttered and transparent while maintaining the necessary lushness the arrangements call for. The cultivation of space by both the rhythm section and the front line soloists is commendable and makes for fine late night listening when the jittery, caffeinated urge to plaster notes over every second is way too unsettling. Lunder's opening statement on "O.K. No K. is particularly lovely and ushers in a slightly melancholy reverie from the rest of the band.
For the most part, however, the album is less a collection of standout moments than a mood-sustaining effort. One searches in vain for any gripping episodes and instead settles for the overall effect of tranquility the recording produces.
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Track Listing: Jazz -- Menu 1; 69; O.K. No K.;
Personnel: Marko Djordjevi?-trumpet, flugelhorn; Igor Lumpert-tenor sax; Matja
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.