It’s like listening to AWAKENING and thinking that something will happen, and it does, but not like you thought it will. That is another wonderful thing about the improvised and spontaneous music that Jazz is, not only its deep African roots, which this performance reflects and builds upon, but an ease to make it happen. Grossmann plays for the band, that is clear from the note one, not only in this composition but the entire record; a natural order of melodies that you can hum, no patterns, just music, independent of style, mind hang-ups and must do’s. WIEN is like bringing you back to something, like the place you are from, it marks you, same as the music or the artists that you always listened and loved. TRUST has another exciting solo on the guitar, clearly inspired by its surroundings. Radomir Milojkovic is running some style that is difficult to catch upon, sometimes reminds one of piano, trumpet and sometimes of saxophone; something that we are not expecting to hear on the guitar.
We all I guess can realize up until now that the guitar is still the bearer of change, something new still can be added. Milojkovic’s playing is deeply rooted in tradition, not only Jazz but also Blues and so-called World Music. Further on in this particular tune Grossmann constructs a solo that ranges from sounds and textures to a more rhythm-orientated mood as the final ensemble shows. There is a trust between these people: to deliver, whatever it takes. After all this energetic drive we are brought to the state of calmness. PEACEFUL RIVER is like “clear water cascading from some waterfall”. ORNETTE is this thing that happens by itself, just inventiveness to make it happen. Here we have Christian Lillinger, one of the most adventurous and exciting drummers of his generation, a musician’s musician, providing a wide range of concepts, ideas and moods that ultimately is giving a new voice for the drums. Robert Landfermann is a supremely gifted performer with pristine technique and far reaching imagination, both as accompanist and as soloist.
This album is another wonderful effort by Grossmann, worth repeated listening, where the listener can discover many great things, a passionate performance, full of surprises and fine moments.
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