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Poetry in Motion

Poetry in Motion

  • Door Conference Call
  • Release 19-1-2010
  • Muziekgenre Jazz
  • Media-indeling CD
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This international quartet has been together since 1998 and features German composer and woodwind virtuoso Gebhard Ullmann, bassist Joe Fonda, pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, and George Schuller on drums performing original music by all of the group members. The group has performed numerous tours in Europe as well as the USA including performances at the Guelph International Jazz Festival, Seattle's Earshot Jazz Festiva, the Braga Jazz Festival in Portugal, the Nattjazz Festival in Bergen, Norway, the Bolzano Jazz Festival in Italy and most recently the Discover US Festival in Berlin, Germany (2009). The quartet has released CD's on Soul Note Records, Leo Records, 482 Music and their most recent release 'Poetry in Motion' on Clean Feed Records (2008). If the axis of this band - now commemorating it's 10th year - is defined by two of it's most complicit collaborators, pianist Michael Jefry Stevens and bassist Joe Fonda, co-founders of the Fonda/Stevens Group, then the involvement of woodwind player Gebhard Ullmann and drummer George Schuller reinforces the universal idea of group interdependence. However, there's still enough room for each to add their own unique concepts to an ever-evolving and most rewarding project. And what a project it is, in some ways tied to the late Sixties sound of the BYG free jazz records, while in other ways teetering on the edge of the vast unknown personified, for instance, by the recent developments of the Wayne Shorter Quartet. With original compositions offered by all four members and special attention paid to timbre and harmonic integration, there's a certain bold affirmation about the music in "Poetry in Motion" revealing a relaxed sense of purpose and musical fortitude. All four are active in both mainstream and avant-fields and all have notable CVs: Stevens's toe-dipping classical constructions, Fonda's open inventiveness (of course, stemming from his Anthony Braxton tutelage), Ullmann's extended reed skills and Schuller's knit-work craftsmanship - all combining to create music that swings outwardly, while at the same time, allows the listener to follow it's inner abstractions. The liner notes of the CD speak of the joy, mystery and wonder felt by the performers during the recording sessions (their first studio recording in eight years), and we can surely recognize that essence. It's a measure of true artistic accomplishment when music so demanding can touch an emotional thread, proving that even a street full of concrete and glass can turn green and lush. Poetry in motion, indeed. ~ All About Jazz by Troy Collins (August 2008) The specialist skills of the members of this quartet - together with a perceivable enthusiasm in the approach to the music - are relevant elements in this particularly elegant recording, which gathers musicians who - one way or another - have been working jointly for many years (especially pianist Michael Jefry Stevens and bassist Joe Fonda, whose artistic connection dates back to 1984). Saxophonist Gebhard Ullman performs on soprano and tenor, plus bass clarinet; both he and drummer/percussionist George Schuller are also frequent partners of Stevens. Each of the accomplices contributes with his own compositions, thus applying an iridescent lacquer to the record that is all the more conspicuous given the high standards of the instrumental level. The foursome are able to unchain themselves from straight behaviour when they wish to do so, pushing the boundaries of attitude well ahead of the canons of mainstream; it's clearly observable, though, that their strongest asset is the ability of cuddling the listener across relatively placid seas, a rigorous pursuit of the graceful and the tasteful the fundamental objective through passages where delicacy and fervour find a point of compromise, leaving a door open to comprehensibility in the most elaborate fragments as well. The single voices shine throughout but, overall, this is a truly collective effort, the only actual deviations from the canon being a moaning-and-panting bass solo by Fonda where he seems to make love to the instrument ("Next Step") and Schuller's suggestive hammer whistle call ending the disc in "Desert... Bleue... East". Fluently communicative and sophisticatedly instinctive, Stevens and Ullmann complete a superb combination, their coolness being the proof that jazz can still reach significant altitudes even when not furiously screaming and flaming from the nostrils. ~ By Massimo Ricci (Touching Extremes)

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Kunstenaar: Conference Call
Titel: Poetry in Motion
Genre: Jazz
Releasedatum: 19-1-2010
Label: CD Baby
Media-indeling: CD
UPC: 5609063001181