This Germany-based trio, delves into and ultimately stylizes a form of music that perhaps parallels the delicacies, and transmutations of water on Water Mirror. Here, the band melds lucid dreamscapes with a continuous underlying flow, thanks to vibraphonist Michael Kiedaisch’s softly stated melodies and oscillating rhythms, while saxophonist Eberhard Hahn and trombonist Mike Svoboda render soothing lyricism amid complex propositions and cunning modern jazz style dialogue. However, the musicians do utilize various ethnocentric percussion instruments to augment many of these opaque themes, sweet-tempered choruses and intricate developments, witnessed on pieces such as “Morning Mist (Wassermusik)” and “Echoes”. With “7 Goblins”, Kiedasich articulates a relatively simple motif on marimba, whereas Hahn’s bluesy bass clarinet work is counterbalanced by Svoboda’s rock solid tuba lines and bonding rhythmic structures. Otherwise, the band incorporates various world beat accents and grooves into their jazzy repertoire. Therefore, Water Mirror is a classy production, augmented by the pristine sonic characteristics and the band’s effervescent harmonic developments. Recommended!
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.