All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

122

Hans Glawischnig: Panorama

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
It is refreshing to listen to a jazz recording where the music is in keeping with the title. Panorama is exactly what bassist Hans Glawischnig debut on Sunnyside is. Glawischnig, an Austrian-born, New York City resident, is a bit of a panorama himself. Glawischnig's name rings true in the confines of Latin jazz, where he has spent a good deal of time woodsheading, collaborating, exploring, and defining.

Panorama is powerfully dense with complex composing and solo high-wire acts. Alto Saxophonist Muguel Zenon gets his John Coltrane-freak on in the disc opener, "Line Drive," a lazy modal piece that sounds like Red Garland would have had he turned rabidly '60s hip and played on Kind of Blue.

Chick Corea joins Glawischnig and drummer Marcus Gilmore on the disc's two trio pieces, "Panorama" and "Oceanography," the latter inspired by "How Deep is the Ocean." Lyrical and well grounded, Corea's acoustic piano is impeccable as always. Glawischnig is equally lyrical, his bass out front in the mix, equal or ahead of the piano. Based on these two pieces, the listener may have the urge for more music by this trio.

Other interesting pieces include the breakneck "Gypsy Tales," which features guitarist Ben Monder in some Blow by Blow-meets-Shawn Lane action. Antonio Sanchez channels both Anthony Williams and Elvin Jones while David Binney demonstrates why he is one of the most sought after saxophonists, sparing with Monder in what can only be termed "be bop for the 21st Century." This song justifies the entire disc.

But it needn't. Glawischnig has plenty more brain joy up his sleeve. "Set to Sea" is a slowed down gospel groove one would expect from the Crusaders, circa the Scratch era. Rich Perry's tenor saxophone is, well, rich. The piece is delightfully traditional, but not in such a way as to be boring. Glawischnig turns in a fine pizzicato solo over Perry's breathy comping. Luis Perdomo's piano is lilting as if waterborne.

Panorama is a very fine disc performed by a very fine assembly of musicians. I should not be surprised to see this disc still talked about at year's end.


Track Listing: Line Drive; Panorama; The Orchids; Gypsy Tales; Set To Sea; Oceanography; Beneath the Waves; Barretto's Way; Rabbit Race.

Personnel: Hans Glawischnig: bass guitar; Ben Monder: guitar (4); David Binney: alto saxophone (4, 8); Miguel Zen

Title: Panorama | Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Sunnyside Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Jahira

Jahira

Sunnyside Records
2012

buy
Panorama

Panorama

Sunnyside Records
2008

buy

Related Articles

Read Jazz Just Wants To Have Fun CD/LP/Track Review
Jazz Just Wants To Have Fun
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: July 23, 2018
Read Where We Stand CD/LP/Track Review
Where We Stand
by Jerome Wilson
Published: July 23, 2018
Read Vagabond Soul CD/LP/Track Review
Vagabond Soul
by Paul Rauch
Published: July 23, 2018
Read Home Boy, Sister Out CD/LP/Track Review
Home Boy, Sister Out
by Chris May
Published: July 22, 2018
Read Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album Deluxe Edition CD/LP/Track Review
Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album Deluxe Edition
by Doug Collette
Published: July 22, 2018
Read The Literature CD/LP/Track Review
The Literature
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: July 22, 2018
Read "Alive In The House Of Saints Part 1" CD/LP/Track Review Alive In The House Of Saints Part 1
by John Sharpe
Published: December 24, 2017
Read "Seraphic Light [Live At Tufts University]" CD/LP/Track Review Seraphic Light [Live At Tufts University]
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 5, 2018
Read "Provenance" CD/LP/Track Review Provenance
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 4, 2017
Read "Hotel California: 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition" CD/LP/Track Review Hotel California: 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition
by Doug Collette
Published: December 23, 2017
Read "Sermon Organ Combo" CD/LP/Track Review Sermon Organ Combo
by Jerome Wilson
Published: September 29, 2017