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Monday, December 8, 2008

Daniel Erdmann, Jonas Westergaard, Samuel Rohrer - Sleeping With The Enemy (Jazzwerkstatt, 2008) ***½

I am not too familiar with the work of German saxophonist Daniel Erdmann, apart from his Erdmann 3000 project, a quartet that brings modern mainstream jazz. This one is a little different, in a trio with Jonas Westergaard on bass and Samuel Rohrer on drums, the music is a lot more free, and it suits the saxophonist well. The music is open, often with bluesy inclinations and scales, clearly working around pre-conceived themes and structures. It is light-footed and sensitive, vaguely reminiscent of the great cool jazz sax-players, slow and unagitated, creating a moody atmosphere, with the exception of the uptempo "Bülent". Nice music.

PS. The last track is dedicated to Czech football (soccer)-player Jan Koller (I think), one of the rare moments in jazz that a track is named after a football-player, with the exception of "Why Eye" by The Geordie Approach, on which all tracks are named after the all-time stars of Newcastle United (Beardsley, MacDonald, Keegan, Gascoigne, Shearer, Milburn, Robson). Unusual... to say the least, but why not?

© stef


Anonymous said...

I'll be glad to send you one of Daniel's latest efforts, yet another trio recording with French bass player Benjamin Duboc and drummer Antoine Paganotti, this one all improvised. Check your mailbox soon.

Anonymous said...

You can find a review of "Les Féees du Rhin" (Erdmann - Duboc - Paganotti) here :