by Glenn Astarita
There's no telling what Austrian woodwind artist Max Nagle will pull out of his stockpile of tricks. A premier progressive jazz acolyte and prominent improviser, he's an ideas man who has recorded for many prominent European avant-garde record labels. Here, Nagl's nonet sculptures a program formed on traditional concepts with a nouveau 'tude. But his concentrated focus and uncanny manner of bridging multiple gaps all at once, generates a source of inspiration. The live program intimates an air ...read more
by Glenn Astarita
Austrian reedman and multi-instrumentalist Max Nagle has recorded for several, prominent European modern jazz labels. He's a master craftsman who resides as one of the wittiest performers within the new music and progressive jazz realms. From album to album, Nagl pulls previously undetected tricks out of his bag as his artistry equates to a marvel of invention to coincide with this democratic trio engagement.
With Boulazac, Nagl seamlessly fuses disparate genres into a jazzy feast. On the opening ...read more
by Celeste Sunderland
The fanfare of Fatty, the opening track of Market Rasen, sets an electric tone that plays out in unexpected ways. A wild rebellion composed of Max Nagl's alto saxophone, Clemens Wenger's synthesizer, Herbert Pirker's drums and Bradley Jones' bass kicks the disc off strong and direct, not at all preparing the listener for what's to come. Dedicated to the music of Robert Wyatt, the disc includes six of the British drummer, vocalist and founding member of Soft Machine's compositions, combined ...read more
by Ty Cumbie
Some music frustrates stylistic pigeonholing. Max Nagl's is not that kind, but just the opposite, flitting from style to style with such facility and straight-faced fidelity that, in the end, it almost eludes categorization by simultaneously hugging several categories nearly to death. A steady gaze, however, makes no error: this is jazz. One of the most striking contrasts between European jazzers and their American counterparts is the former's ability to embrace unflinchingly seemingly outdated styles with gusto, ...read more
by Eric J. Iannelli
You could say that the Max Nagl Ensemble puts an exciting contemporary spin on classic-sounding material. Or you could say the group takes contemporary material and gives it a universally accessible classic sound. Either way, you'd be right. This is an extremely flexible and versatile outfit that's hard to pin down, and so fun-loving and spontaneous that you stand little chance of ever being able to do so.
Named for the area of Vienna in which the group performs, Quartier ...read more
by AAJ Staff
As one can usually expect from a record that prominently features a European accordionist, there's a certain Old World charm about Flamingos. Austrian saxophonist Max Nagl has built a characteristic lighthearted sophistication into his new trio recording. Both accordionist Otto Lechner and bassist Bradley Jones have previously collaborated with Nagl on earlier releases.
The often court-like atmosphere stands somewhat in contrast with Nagl's formal attention to Mingus (and specifically Live at Cafe Bohemia and Pre-Bird), but the two ...read more