“HUBBUB” signifies a collective of adventurous, improvising musicians who sport extensive resumes in the Euro-Jazz free improv arena. Comprised of two lengthy works, the band pursues atonal extended note sub themes, subversive drones, and jagged frameworks throughout the entire production. This somewhat amorphous presentation moves about in some sort of imaginatively conjured horizontal course, as the music contains relatively few peaks and valleys. However, saxophonists, Bertrand Denzler and Jean Luc-Guionnet often partake in sputtering dialogue atop Jean-Sebastien Mariage’s sustained, electric guitar lines and Edward Perraud’s happenstance-like percussion fills. - The band surges onward in rather diminutive fashion on the second opus titled, “ABU.” Here, we are treated to pianist Frederic Blondy’s delicate voicings, the soloists’ chatty dialogue, and a multitude of subliminally executed exchanges, as the proceedings tend to become a bit chaotic towards the finale. Overall, UB/ABU is a relatively subdued free-improvisational style excursion, awash with subtle musings and minimalist progressions. Moreover, this release should not be deemed background music fare, although a sense of invariability prevails midway through the second piece.
First time I met Lee Konitz, my mentor who completely changed my life, in 1992. He was giving a masterclass at the Cologne Conservatory (Germany) where I was a freshmen (with playing experience around three years total)
First time I met Lee Konitz, my mentor who completely changed my life, in 1992. He was giving a masterclass at the Cologne Conservatory (Germany) where I was a freshmen (with playing experience around three years total). He saw an alto sax on my neck and said: Hey, how about you there, would you like to play something for us? I played a piece with the piano. OK, said Lee, how about you play something unaccompanied? Oh yeah! I was deep into transcribing Sonny Stitt and pretty much into playing as fast as possible as many right notes as possible. So I played Oleo in about 300 beats per minute and was very proud of myself. Lee was tapping his foot all the way through. Hmm, he said, that was in time and all that... (I thought - yeah, of course, haha!) and then he said, You've got a lot of quantity, how about quality? It took me 15 years to realize what he meant.