All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

20

Neukollner Modelle: Sektion 3-7

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Legendary free-jazz pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach joins the core trio Neukollner Modelle for this 2-CD follow-up to Sektion 1-2 (Umlaut, 2016). Here, top-flight European adventurists mold variable jazz vernaculars into a signature modus operandi, propelled by the superb Scandinavian drummer, Sven-Ake Johansson. Moreover, the program poses a mélange of rhythmically charged motifs, fractured voicings, and whirlwind-like improv segments amid the construction efforts and other parts where the band seemingly uses a wrecking ball to disassemble micro-themes.

von Schlippenbach's rapidly paced block chords and fragmented loops complement the quartet's dizzying ostinato grooves, alternating with lament and blustery outbursts. On "Sektion 4," Joel Grip's bowed bass lines help anchor the drummer's peppery snare drum hits, eventually leading to saxophonist Bertrand Denzler's forceful phrasings amid a few lighthearted episodes and veiled melody lines. The soloists also delve into some clustering sequences that often explode into asymmetrical free bop maneuvers and balls to the walls exercises on the power-packed and enduring "Sektion 6."

The final track "Sektion 7" clocks in at 33:59 and evolves like an improvisational suite since the band covers so much ground, starting with a tight-knit convergence, where von Schlippenbach dances around Denzler's plaintive cries and winding notes. The saxophonist incorporates circular breathing techniques as the musicians execute a variety of interesting mini-motifs throughout. Consequently, the music soars to lofty heights but is alto contoured with restraint as the artists reinvent themselves on a continual basis. Here, the quartet improvises at a higher-level, but equalizes the heady inferences with an entertaining gait. Essentially, they merge numerous abstract musical realms into a cohesive line of attack.

Track Listing: Sektion 3; Sektion 4; Sektion 5; Sektion 6; Sektion 7.

Personnel: Bertrand Denzler: saxophone; Joel Grip: double bass; Sven-Åke Johansson: drums; Alexander von Schlippenbach: piano.

Title: Sektion 3-7 | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Umlaut Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Multiple Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Multiple Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
  • Y? by Robert Spencer
  • Y? by Glenn Astarita
Read more articles
Sektion 3-7

Sektion 3-7

Umlaut Records
2017

buy
 

Heretofore

Umlaut Records
2015

buy
 

Y?

CC Production
2000

buy
 

Y?

Leo Records
1999

buy

Related Articles

Read Passion Reverence Transcendence CD/LP/Track Review
Passion Reverence Transcendence
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: August 17, 2018
Read Inner Voice CD/LP/Track Review
Inner Voice
by Don Phipps
Published: August 17, 2018
Read Live In London Volume II CD/LP/Track Review
Live In London Volume II
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 17, 2018
Read The Literature CD/LP/Track Review
The Literature
by Jim Trageser
Published: August 17, 2018
Read Suite 150 / A Big Band Portrait CD/LP/Track Review
Suite 150 / A Big Band Portrait
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 16, 2018
Read Lost Days CD/LP/Track Review
Lost Days
by Don Phipps
Published: August 16, 2018
Read "Yes, and...Music for Nine Improvisers" CD/LP/Track Review Yes, and...Music for Nine Improvisers
by Jerome Wilson
Published: August 2, 2018
Read "Mississippi Slide!" CD/LP/Track Review Mississippi Slide!
by Mark E. Gallo
Published: October 6, 2017
Read "Toot Suite" CD/LP/Track Review Toot Suite
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: February 23, 2018
Read "Joey.Monk.Live!" CD/LP/Track Review Joey.Monk.Live!
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 14, 2017
Read "Magic Circle" CD/LP/Track Review Magic Circle
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: December 12, 2017
Read "All Smiles" CD/LP/Track Review All Smiles
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: August 31, 2017