These upper-echelon European improvisers offer a grab bag of tasty treats in front of an audience at the Festival Just Music in Wiesbaden, Germany. This 2015 performance consists of three works, but the 35-minute opener "Drifter," is a tour de force amid a macrocosm of delicate phrasings, succinct shadings, ethereal background treatments and scorching, climactically driven buildups. Essentially, they keep you on the edge.
Frank Paul Schubert's darting and weaving soprano sax lines and pianist Uwe Oberg's multifaceted attack help spawn numerous crosscurrents and asymmetrical cadences, complete with the anticipated peaks and valleys, as the alternating subplots include a surfeit of dynamics. These improvisations are executed with diverse emotive aspects, whether the band is conjuring up an inward-looking vibe or throwing fuel on the fire during frenzied breakouts. They wind it all down, then come back with a vengeance along with Schubert's skittish and rough-hewn flurries and drummer Mark Sander's colorful use of small percussion instruments that augment his drumming duties.
The quartet's animated movements often summon cinematic qualities, allowing the mind's eye to run rampant as they follow similar discourses on the remaining two pieces that are considerably shorter in length. (Recommended!)
Track Listing: Drifter; Skipper; Over.
Personnel: Uwe Oberg: piano; Frank Paul Schubert: soprano saxophone; Wilbert De Joode:
bass; Mark Sanders: drums.
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith. We hung out at my Aunt Kate's Soul Food restaurant in Harlem after the matinees at the Apollo where I listened to their stories. I knew I wanted to be a jazz musician from then on. My mother wanted me to play piano, but my Aunt bought me a guitar. I've been playing ever since.
At my mother's early prompting, I first sang Blue Velvet at my Catholic elementary school...and all the nuns came running in and asked me to sing again, so I knew I must have sounded pretty good. I've been singing ever since.
I met Tony Bennett in Miami and he inspired me to return to New York. He was a great mentor.
The best show I ever attended is mpossible to say, I've seen so many great shows. From Tony Bennett to Pat Martino, Return to Forever to Weather Report...I've seen some great performances.
My advice to new listeners is don't let jazz intimidate you, the music has something for every listener and it is our American gift to the world.