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Henning Sieverts: Double Quartet

Read "Double Quartet" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The press kit discloses a wealth of thought-provoking information behind bassist, composer, Henning Sievert's motivation for this Double Quartet release. In sum, these compositions reflect the output of his deep dive into 600 years of the Bavarian Irsee Monastery and his discovery of a mass created in 1614, namely for the Abbey's festival of St. Benedict. But no matter how you spin it, this is a progressive jazz outing and at the time of this writing the record label has ...

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Henning Sieverts Symmetry: Blackbird

Read "Blackbird" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The Beatles are given the dominant spot on Blackbird, but most of the music comes here from bassist/cellist Henning Sieverts. Sieverts--who has a long history of composition, having written for string ensembles, the theater, and groups of various size--locks in jazz and classical music, both in their individual frames and in an elegant blend, making for an alluring record.

Sieverts has an ear for melody and he weaves a rich tapestry of motif and mood. His arrangements work in tandem, ...

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Henning Sieverts: Symmetry

Read "Symmetry" reviewed by John Barron

At first glance, the titles to bassist Henning Sieverts' compositions on Symmetry seem rather unusual. Eventually, after close inspection, one discovers the palindrome theme with titles like “Lion Oil," “Luz Azul" and “Evil Olive." Whether or not the clever naming is relevant to the music at hand remains unexplained. What is obvious about Symmetry is the focus on Sieverts' strong thematic material interpreted by a stellar quintet.

The disc enjoys sitting on the fence between progressive improvisation and ...


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