Pianist Simon Nabatov is well-known for his explosive semi-structured presentations and freely navigated improvisational advances within this seemingly limitless musical space. But Nabatov is a composer who often stretches the perceived limits of avant-garde jazz. With this effort, he pursues a largely new approach by employing chamberesque forums via an acoustic-electric platform, intensified by consummate woodwind aces Frank Gratkowski, Matthias Schubert and other stalwarts to round out a drummer-less Germany-based septet.
In the liners, the leader states that time is "THE category every human life and also every piece of music deal with." Nabatov also provides a rundown of each track. Nonetheless, the artist makes some bold moves by using space, minimalistic noise-shaping mechanisms, disparate sounds, and alien-like conversations, intersecting avant chamber choruses and unwinding plots, as the soloists often pepper each other during improv segments. On "Metamorph" the band's fidgety and globular dialogues conjure notions of trying to exit a maze in tandem with deconstruction efforts and fadeouts. But "Reader" is an about face of sorts, largely due to Frank Gratkowski's poignant flute passages, spurring a late-night modern jazz vibe, tempered with wraithlike qualities and pensive balladry, topped off by Hans W. Koch's fleeting synth lines and bizarre excursions with the flutist.
Each piece consists of a signature modus operandi, often expanded with building blocks, free form motifs, heavy improvisational encounters, and renegade chamber discourses. Some of these attributes ring loud on the final track, "Choral." Here, the ensemble invokes a roomy atmosphere amid gradual progressions and the hornists' torrential downpours. In the liners, Nabatov suggests it's a feelgood composition, as an animated ebb and flow sows a rambunctious escapade, heightened by his whirlwind, superspeed phrasings akin to a pro fighter's unrelenting combinations on his way to a victorious knockout!
Waves; Metamorph; Reader; Right Off; Repeated; Choral.
Since 1995, shortly after the dawn of the internet, All About Jazz has been a champion of jazz, supporting it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to rigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.