This is what happens when three musicians simultaneously come to terms with both their musical identities as individuals and a programme of composed music that is open to all sorts of individual (improvised) expression.
This trio embodies a tight but loose ideal on Kamosc which is conducive to effective music-making, and from the listener's point of view, its approach is nothing but positive. Listening to the likes of "Skimble-Scamble," one of two tracks on which trombonist Walter Wierbos puts in an appearance, is to hear a wealth of musical experience and influences distilled into a singular essenceor perhaps a modest soundtrack for the last days of the Weimar Republic, as viewed from the vantage point of a low whiskey bar. That's just one way of trying to convey the fact that Achim Kaufmann's compositions in particular have a tendency to evoke traditions outside of anything readily associated with "jazz" per se.
Dylan Van Der Schyff's drumming is anything but a marker of time. Instead, he shades and tracks the work of his compadres in a manner more befitting a stakeholder in a three-way discussion. And for all of his undoubted gifts as a soloist, multi-instrumentalist Michael Moore is right in keeping with the greater benefits to be derived from the absence of straightforward competition. Achim Kaufmann's right there too, extending the range of his piano through the use of what lies under the lid. "Ghosts At The Foot" is rich in European antecedents at the same time as it attacks the tiresome rule book with gusto.
The music we call jazz has now diversified to such a degree that different criteria now apply for assessing its worth, and the serious depth and substance of this music is a recommendation in itself to anyone with an interest in how the art is evolving in the modern age.
Track Listing: Sole To Soul; Kopfspinnennetz; Skimble-Scamble; Notre-Dame De Paris; Ideogram; Roadside; Ghosts At The Foot; Scaremongering (Meandering); Cuk; Corybant; The Cyans; Blue-Brailled; Bouche Perdue.
Personnel: Michael Moore: clarinet, alto saxophone, melodica, elk calls; Achim Kaufmann: piano; Dylan
Van Der Schyff: drums; Walter Wierbos: trombone (3,11).
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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