All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

62

Jonas Cambien: We Must Mustn't We

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Veteran Clean Feed roster artist Jonas Cambien (piano) and colleagues morph a cohesive yet uncanny take on jazz experimentation that defies rigid categorizations. For example, on "Swear Like A Bear" they integrate stammering chord voicings, popping sax lines, oblique world groove percussion patterns, melodic hooks and odd-metered time signatures into tangible sub-themes. The musicians merge convention with acutely placed schisms, and manage to churn out oeuvres that subtly span multiple genres. Each piece is a standalone entity, but there are similarities from a modal perspective throughout this sequence of mini-adventures, woven into a divergent path that playfully veer off course.

" Crib" is accentuated by the leader's lower register ostinato and Andreas Wildhagen's snappy beats amid off-setting passages and André Roligheten's windswept flute voicings, converging via a sense of urgency with flickering unison choruses. Moreover, the band's discordant outbreaks insert a dagger into the processes, although they follow with a graceful march progression and Wildhagen's melodic trumpet intervals during, "Renaissance."

Indeed, concrete structural platforms, variable thematic regimens and subliminal harmonic tonalities attain a gleeful coexistence. Cambien and Roligheten intermittently intersperse hummable song-forms and lucid unison-motifs into these deceptively complex pieces that trigger a sense of excitement on a per-track basis. Moving forward, "Sister" is a swaggering power-packed joyride initiated with the saxophonist's brawny phrasings, anchored by the pianist's cyclical execution of the primary hook and escalated by the drummer's rippling fills.

This album seems like a good fit for turning the hip college crowd on to other forms of radical and worldly experimental music that offers more than 40-minutes or so of shrieks and howls steeped in anguish. From a holistic musical experience, this production is akin to a fun-filled party that ends way too soon.

Track Listing: Creationism; Swear Like a Bear; Long Long; Survivalism; Crib; Renaissance; Animalism; Copper Man; I Must Mustn't I; Unlikely Friendship; Sister, You Proved Me Right; Long Long Long.

Personnel: André Roligheten: soprano and tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, flute; Andreas Wildhagen: drums and percussion, trumpet (4); Jonas Cambien: piano, microtonal melodica (9). Guest: Torstein Lavik Larsen trumpet (6, 8).

Title: We Must Mustn't We | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Clean Feed Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
We Must Mustn't We

We Must Mustn't We

Clean Feed Records
2018

buy
Simiskina

Simiskina

Clean Feed Records
2017

buy
A Zoology of the Future

A Zoology of the...

Clean Feed Records
2016

buy

Related Articles

Read Circulate Susanna CD/LP/Track Review
Circulate Susanna
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 13, 2018
Read Jazzamenco CD/LP/Track Review
Jazzamenco
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 13, 2018
Read You Have Options CD/LP/Track Review
You Have Options
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 13, 2018
Read Heroes, Saints and Clowns CD/LP/Track Review
Heroes, Saints and Clowns
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: November 13, 2018
Read Bowie, Berlin & Beyond CD/LP/Track Review
Bowie, Berlin & Beyond
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 13, 2018
Read For You CD/LP/Track Review
For You
by Patrick Burnette
Published: November 12, 2018
Read "Lake Geneva" CD/LP/Track Review Lake Geneva
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: November 11, 2018
Read "Little Big" CD/LP/Track Review Little Big
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: October 21, 2018
Read "Triad" CD/LP/Track Review Triad
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 15, 2018
Read "Nightconcert" CD/LP/Track Review Nightconcert
by Peter Hoetjes
Published: October 27, 2018
Read "Peter and the Wolf" CD/LP/Track Review Peter and the Wolf
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 8, 2018
Read "The Nobuki Takamen Trio" CD/LP/Track Review The Nobuki Takamen Trio
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: October 26, 2018