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Gabor Gado Quartet with Dave Liebman - Ungrund (2013)

16-01-2014, 11:36
Music | Jazz

Gabor Gado Quartet with Dave Liebman - Ungrund (2013)

Artist: Gabor Gado Quartet with Dave Liebman
Title Of Album: Ungrund
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Budapest Music Centre
Genre: Jazz
Quality: MP3
Bitrate: 320 Kbps
Total Time: 69:05 min
Total Size: 159 mb

01. Friends Play 9:49
02. Pavane pour une infante défunte 10:22
03. Spirale 10:49
04. Sanctus 8:53
05. Weltraum 8:18
06. Eternal Recurrence 14:34
07. D. P. 6:24

Gadó Gábor: guitar
Dave Liebman: soprano and tenor sax
Matthieu Donarier: tenor sax
Sébastien Boisseau: bass
Joe Quitzke: drums

"Ungrund", whose title draws on the theologian Jakob Boehme's concept of "unground" (bottomless nothing), whence light springs forth, is a paradoxical parenthesis in the musical career of Gábor Gadó. The album occurs at a time when he has put himself in a state of watchfulness through immersing himself in the works of Johan-Sebastian Bach and the pianist-composer Barnabás Dukay. It took as long to record as the concert during which he rediscovered, as when going back home, his French quartet who enabled his music of a few years ago to blossom so well. But at the request of the organizers, he also welcomed the Outsider, according to a custom which owes something to the tradition of the jam session, the rite of patronage and the necessities of communication. Now, to want to penetrate the universe of Gábor Gadó impromptu is to risk losing oneself in his labyrinthine compositions and deceptive harmonic language. This suggestion immediately made Gábor think of Dave Liebman: "In his music I hear something that makes him close to the quartet. He is not only a very great jazzman. The tone and the phrasing of his saxophone remind me of the Book of Job, a way of interacting and debating with the forces beyond us."

But if Dave Liebman has the spirit of a crusader, always journeying towards new musical confrontations and conquests, he is also capable of wisdom. Having no more than one afternoon for rehearsal, he requested that the choice of repertoire should encourage the most spontaneous playing. This is why the disc begins with Friends Play, a piece conceived for the intensity of the improvized playing at the end of the sessions of "Unknown Kingdom" and which the guest here takes to fever pitch. This is why "Ungrund" is the quartet's jazziest album and gives listeners a chance to discover a little-known aspect of the drummer Joe Quitzke. And that is why Dave Liebman remained distant from the Sanctus, a musical quatrain after a poem by János Pilinszky where the presence of a last-minute guest would have been intrusive. And yet, struck through as it is by the incandescent gladius sword of Dave Liebman, the parenthesis formed by "Ungrund" is also a veritable milestone in that it makes audible the first fruits of this time of watchfulness, from which it originates. It seems that the one-day guest took the bait, along with his hosts, and tasted with them the intoxicating flavours.


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