Saturday, August 23, 2008

Die Enttauschung - (self titled) (Intakt, 2008)

I read a review of this album in the most recent Downbeat, and all of the critics seemed to enjoy it, even the arch curmudgeon John McDonough, so I thought I would take a shot at it. The collective is comprised of Rudi Mahall on bass clarinet, Axel Dorner on trumpet, Jan Roder on bass and Uli Jennessen on drums. Working from the same fertile ground as the Eric Dolphy - Booker Little group and the original Ornette Coleman Quartet, Die Enttauschung play nimble, exciting and accessible modern jazz. The groups performances are pithy and short, allowing the members to state melody, expand upon it, and then close it out with alacrity. Roder and Jennessen make for a tight and engaging bottom, shifting tempos and rhythms as Mahall and Dorner pirouette above them like acrobats. I liked this album quite a bit, it was infectious and fun. Respectful of the past and looking forward to the future, this group has made a fine statement.

Send comments to: Tim