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Heinrich von Kalnein: Songlines

Read "Songlines" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The last time saxophonist Heinrich von Kalnein crossed this writer's path was directing the band on Joys & Desires. In quite a departure from that outing German expatriate cum Austrian von Kalnein enters the more confined climate of the quintet, expanding the format with wide open arrangements of spatially conceived original compositions.Heinrich von Kalnein's quintet includes Marek Balata as a wordless vocalist who employs scat, vocalese, and assorted vocal sound effects that impart an atmospheric character to the ...

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Heinrich von Kalnein: Blackbird

Read "Blackbird" reviewed by Paul West

Basie did it, and now German based saxophonist/flutist Heinrich von Kalnein is the latest jazz musician to hearken back to music by The Beatles. Blackbird is his easygoing, sometimes rousing tribute: a compilation of ten popular tunes by the Fab Four, filtered through a distinctively European style of jazz riffing. With his competent backing of trombone, piano, bass, even synthesizer, von Kalnein has an approach that demands little from the jazz listener. It’s that quality that boasts some of the ...


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