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Guitarist Andreas Willers (Germany) and saxophonist Urs Leimgruber (Switzerland) are among Europe's most prominent improvisers and free-thinkers. On this outing their experimental metrics are quite rangy and focused, offering the antithesis to a madcap free-form blowing session. The duo alternates between controlled thematic buildups and subdued encounters with polytonal dialogues along with certain parts that elicit notions of exotic birds communicating in a tropical rain forest. Add some bizarre tirades and coiled flurries abetted by Willers' wily electric guitar effects and distortion techniquesthe musicians' merge a divide and conquer modus operandi with humor and playful exchanges.
"Face to Face III" is the lengthiest track, clocking in at 10 ½ minutes. Here, the duo opens with a simple conversation, gravitated by Willers' grunge-like single note lines, spanning the upper and lower registers. Along with some death metal style drones and Leimgruber's vibrato-tinted lines, they ascend towards a doomsday-framed outlook, cycling through a mesmeric and climactic free jazz exposition. But they gradually temper the flows amid a horde of crisscrossing motifs that summon a variety of contrasting ideas and emotive aspects, amped by the saxophonist's meticulously crafted, and rather mercurial tenor sax statements. Nonetheless, the artists generate a whole lot of depth via multihued textural components and vastly interesting concepts that often lead to explosive cadenzas and a myriad of fascinating subplots.
Personnel: Andreas Willers: electric guitar; Urs Leimgruber: soprano & tenor saxophones.
I love jazz because it’s what sounds
I was first exposed to jazz in my
parents household and in school
I appreciate many styles of jazz
and shy away from really outside
stuff. I enjoy relating to the
One of the best shows I ever
attended was 1975 Chick Corea’s
Return To Forever tour at an
intimate venue in downtown
The first jazz record I bought was
Herbie Hancock’s Chameleon.
My advice to new listeners is try
several styles before you decide
what jazz is all about!
Listen to music daily and stay open