“I have been dreaming about...my rather obsessive idea of this record for well over twenty-five years, and it was always going to be called Lovers. It is meant to be as personal in its sound and in its song selection as it is universal in its endeavor to assay or map the parameters of “mood” as it once pertained, and currently pertains, to the peculiar and powerful connection between sound/song and intimacy/romance.”In order to realize this idea, Cline is augmented by a chamber orchestra consisting of some of the most prominent members of the New York avant-garde scene: Devin Hoff, Steven Bernstein, Kenny Wollesen, Zeena Parkins, Erik Friedlander, and many more. The collection includes covers of songs from the great American songbook, more recent composers, and some Cline originals.
|Trondheim Jazz Orchestra & Kristoffer Lo|
|Luft: Mats Gustaffson and Erwan Keravec|
|Anna Högberg Attack!|
|Bauer, Butcher, and Meyer (l-r)|
Alto Saxophone – Dieter Scherf, Joachim Kühn, Michael Thielepape; Baritone Saxophone – Roscoe Mitchell; Bass – Klaus Bühler, Malachi Favors Maghostut, Peter Stock; Bass Clarinet – Gunter Hampel; Drums – Rainer Grimm; Flugelhorn – Herbert Joos; Guitar – Gerhard König; Tenor Saxophone – Alfred Harth, Gerd Dudek, Heinz Sauer, Joseph Jarman; Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Axel Hennies; Trombone – Albert Mangelsdorff, Günter Christmann, Paul Rutherford; Trumpet – Manfred Schoof, Michael Sell; Trumpet [Pocket Trumpet] – Frédéric Rabold; Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Lester Bowie; and Vocals – Jeanne Lee, Karin Krog.Billed as the European Free Jazz Orchestra Of The Art Ensemble Of Chicago – the set is a slow boil of emotion and melody. The intensity ebbs and flows, as full ensemble free playing section leads to an almost silent passage of micro-tones, then to an extended vocal section. Though the wordless vocals do not sit so well with me, the song is a powerful end to the concert and worth a close listen.
Free = liberated from social, historical, psychological and musical constraints
Jazz = improvised music for heart, body and mind