155

Christian Weidner: The Inward Song

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Christian Weidner: The Inward Song On The Inward Song, German alto saxophonist Christian Weidner has crafted music that defies categorization more than most—a slippery sound in terms of tagging it with descriptive phrases. Weidner employs a quartet this time out, following up the trio effort of his first Pirouet Records release, 2004's Choral. This new foursome is a remarkably cohesive ensemble, as much a homeostatic sound-making organism as it is a forward thinking jazz band.

"St. Paul" opens the disc. Weidner's alto saxophone sound is sharp, ringingly clear, much in the manner Jan Garbarek. The tune has a rumbling, unsettled, yet unhurried atmosphere that stops on a dime after a brief two-and-a-half minutes, then drifts into "Abendlied," a tranquil and contemplative piece of beautiful sound.

"Relief" shimmers to life on a gentle piano cascade that introduces an insidious equilibrium of instrumental input. Like most of these all-Weidner originals, surprises sneak in, in this case with a segment of agitation rising up from the "relief," as the momentum builds to its finale.

"Psalm" is spacious, understated and pastoral, while "Poem for Ada," at nearly seven minutes, is the longest cut on the disc, beginning with a solemn, hypnotic piano rumination that shape-shifts into an edgy, prowling ensemble groove.

Weidner's music doesn't have a discernible leader, and it doesn't cook—at least not often—and when it does, on "Drawn Ones," for instance, the blue flame heat seems to sneak up out of a placid chamber group coolness.

The Inward Song is a superb set of sounds. Weidner is a musician with a very developed and finely focused artistic vision; an owner of a rare original voice who has come up with one of the finest offerings of the year.

Track Listing: St. Paul; Abendlied; Relief; Penta; Lyra; Psalm; Poem for Ada; Drawn Ones; Ave; The Inward Song; Poem for Ada (reprise).

Personnel: Christian Weidner: alto saxophone; Colin Vallon: piano; Henning Sieverts: bass; Samuel Rohrer: drums.

Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Pirouet Records


Shop

More Articles

Read Speechless CD/LP/Track Review Speechless
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 27, 2017
Read Holiday On Fire CD/LP/Track Review Holiday On Fire
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 27, 2017
Read Calvins Toboggan CD/LP/Track Review Calvins Toboggan
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: April 27, 2017
Read Silent Light CD/LP/Track Review Silent Light
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 27, 2017
Read PausaLive CD/LP/Track Review PausaLive
by Patrick Keyes
Published: April 27, 2017
Read Adam's Apple CD/LP/Track Review Adam's Apple
by Greg Simmons
Published: April 26, 2017
Read "What's Wrong" CD/LP/Track Review What's Wrong
by John Sharpe
Published: December 2, 2016
Read "Long After Midnight" CD/LP/Track Review Long After Midnight
by Edward Blanco
Published: June 21, 2016
Read "Euro Swing Vol. 2" CD/LP/Track Review Euro Swing Vol. 2
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 24, 2016
Read "Alpha Centauri" CD/LP/Track Review Alpha Centauri
by Mark F. Turner
Published: July 4, 2016
Read "Ray Charles Orchestra: Zurich 1961-Swiss Radio Days Jazz Series, Vol. 41" CD/LP/Track Review Ray Charles Orchestra: Zurich 1961-Swiss Radio Days Jazz...
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 8, 2016
Read "Solo" CD/LP/Track Review Solo
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 27, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!