Ernst Bier - Mack Goldsbury Group - "Arteisa Sunrise"
Label: Konnex Records KCD 5240
1. Watch Out For G.V - Mack Goldsbury 8:44 2. Artesia Sunrise - Mack Goldsbury 10:45 3. Natalie - Maciej Fortuna 9:35 4. A Love Remembered - Reggie Moore 8:13 5. First Spring - Mack Goldsbury 7:45 6. Elegant - Stefan Weeke 10:58 7. Siamese - Mack Goldsbury 10:16
Since 1994, Berlin based drummer Ernst Bier and American saxophonist Mack Goldsbury, who’s been living in Berlin since 1992, have repeatedly collaborated at their preferred venue, the A-Trane jazz club, where, in December 2008, this CD was recorded live. On seven tracks, their energetic quintet, featuring pianist Reggie Moore, bassist Stefan Weeke and Polish trumpeter / flugelhorn player Maciej Fortuna, displays remarkable complexity and stylistic independence, while never negating their hardbop influences. In the long tunes, tightly woven and powerful Tutti passages interchange with highly expressive and inventive solos contributed by both tenor and soprano saxophonist Goldsbury, a representative of the energetic playing style, and Fortuna playing the trumpet or flugelhorn. Reggie Moore confirms his pianistic top position in Berlin's jazz scene- His expansive solo lines, while brimming with ideas, are always logically constructed, and his skills as an accompanist are made to measure. Accompanying the group with his powerful, highly dynamic playing and his unerring drive, Ernst Bier, one of Berlin's top drummers, constitutes the rhythmic backbone. He proves to be a first class player in his solos, where he displays a wealth of ideas while avoiding any uniform “spectacular” bashing. Stefan Weeke adequately complements the rhythmic background. Moreover, his composition “Elegant" illustrates his competency as a soloist. Here Goldsbury plays some expansive passages on piccolo flute. Stylistically the quintet is rooted in Modern Jazz, utilizing historic lines as well as displaying noteworthy individuality and independence. This is reflected also in the group’s repertoire; with the exception of Ernst Bier, all musicians also appear as composers. At every tempo and in each bar, this performance is tight and multifaceted as well as technically and conceptually perfect. This CD is a first rate example of sophisticated modern jazz made in Berlin Gerhard Hopfe
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