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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Silke Eberhard & Alex Huber - Singen Sollst Du ... (Not Two, 2012) ****½

By Stef   

Both German alto saxophonist Silke Eberhard and Swiss drummer Alex Huber belong to the young generation of highly trained and skilled musicians who are willing to create their own sound, while keeping the legacy of the past.

Eberhard made previous albums in tribute to Ornette Coleman (with Aki Takase), to Dolphy (with Potsa Lotsa), and she even transcribed several of the latter's solos. Her great strength is the combination of this tradition - you can hear it in every track : the pulse, the attention to form - with her own natural sense of lyricism and an adventurous playful spirit.

She is one of those musicians who seem to thoroughly enjoy what she is doing, without pretence, without the need to make strong musical statements, yet the end result is better than some of the guys "with a mission to be the world's greatest innovator".

And Huber is the same. If you can ascribe lyricism to a drummer - Jack DeJohnette, Hamid Drake, Paul Motian - well, Huber has it too, but with his own character, style and approach.

Even if this is free jazz, the music "dances". It is quite physical, an emanation of happiness, and definitely a joy to listen to.

And for those who want to know what the title means, the answer is unsurprisingly "You Shall Sing ..."

Singing and playing and dancing .... only to be enjoyed!

Available from Instantjazz

© stef