Unity6 - Rot

Unity6 - Rot by Ernst Bier
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Ernst Bier

Label: jazzwerkstatt JW145
Released: 2013
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Track Listing

1. Unity6 - K.Sholar 5:02 2. In Time Out - E.Schuller 4:38 3. Variationen über Thema Jazz - M.Schubert 12:24 a. Plyczki Rag b. Count Basic c. Piep Pop 4. Lilting Banshee - J.Robinson 5:36 5. Rot - M.Schubert 8:14 6. Drei - G.Gschlößl 5:33 7. EinWeinFrei - G.Gschlößl 7:58 8. Crimson Hexagon - K.Sholar 5:21 9. The Tree of Life - R.Molina 7:26


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There is much going on this wonderful CD. I love the chordal writing for the horns. The fabulous, advanced and technically correct solo lines over the vertical harmonic structure are absolutely amazing. Beautiful and interesting melodic lines come constantly. Throughout the horizontal harmonic movement in 2, 4, and 8 bar units define atonality clearly, and the floating, not about to land anytime soon feeling of atonality persists, though the lines are clearly harmonic in their individual bars and phrase segments. This wonderful CD shows the beauty and kind gentleness that can be found in atonality. The precision and beauty of the players in this regard overwhelms me and no one forces their tones. The drums are a constant contribution to this sensitivity. Unity6 by Kelvin Sholar It is so beautiful tears almost well up. Fabulous post Gill Evans voicings emerges with beautiful bass and piano solos In Time Out by Ed Schuller It is freestyle until all of a sudden someone passes out parts and everyone starts reading — ha, —- they knew that was going to happen! (They must have known that was coming because the improvisations contained the same clever material.) Variationen über Thema Jazz by Matthias Schubert This is the only piece with harmonic resolution formally and harmonically, which is avoided by that atonality in the other pieces. Variationen is amazing in its perfect "good time" feel from the 1920's with lots of beautiful modern surprises. It's is if a modern harmonist took a real recording from the 20's and changed some of the pitches and left everything else as it was. Lilting Banshee by Jonathan Robinson The opening theme is intoned beautifully by the bass and is then augmented by the great harmonies. Next is a commanding bari sax solo followed by a clarity based tenor solo. Rot by Matthias Schubert This is more of the same old beauty —- with a strong groove, and a sly grin. Drei by Gerhard Gschlößl Incredibly clean playing on triplet passages exchanging with more swing. EinWeinFrei by Gerhard Gschlößl The piano and drums leave me breathless, like people talking fast about profound things that you can catch - but barely. The bass and drums generate forceful waves of energy. Then everyone talks really fast, perhaps they had a few drinks and got argumentative? Finally they resolve it. Crimson Hexagon by Kelvin Sholar In the bag of the Wayne Shorter period with Art Blakey but not a copy, a similar design but made from a different material – beautiful! The Tree of Life by Regis Molina Look out! Here comes Eve and, Oh, Oh—- I see something moving in the grass behind her—— How wonderful these musicians play and write. People like this could save the human race. N H Derwyn Holder, Dec, 2012


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