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 both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.