Duo Atanasovski, Liberte Toujours, Moonjune ***

Leap into the unknown especially if you mainly listen to UK or US jazz. The piano line of Marko Churnchetz on 'Drevored' that caught the attention firstly on Liberte Toujours rings the changes on this recording that dates to 2019. The writing is …

Published: 6 Nov 2022. Updated: 31 days.

Leap into the unknown especially if you mainly listen to UK or US jazz. The piano line of Marko Churnchetz on 'Drevored' that caught the attention firstly on Liberte Toujours rings the changes on this recording that dates to 2019. The writing is certainly persuasive throughout but how exactly does it connect? Well, it lands in a open ended folk-jazz domain crossing over into 1970s jazz-rock. Moonjune is a prog label ostensibly but this isn't prog. A father and son led ensemble playing the music of Slovenian guitarist and cellist Ariel Ver Atanasovski here with his father saxist-flautist Vasko glean a sense of the ancient qualities fairly immediately of Slovene folk in its lilting latent swing-like qualities and fast scalar switchbacks that lend itself easily to transfer to the triplet feel of modern jazz. Some tunes here it's worth noting operate just as coherently as handsome, straightforward, songs. 'Balada Za Soncen Dan' has no genre dressing as such. Basically a quintet, Vasko's flute lines on 'Barve Sena' move the sound into more of a Return to Forever atmosphere but that is more of an outlier track. Ariel's balladic resource is strong at the heart of the record which if you like traditional folk music (particularly Celtic music which isn't that far away in essence) as well as mainstream jazz then you will find a lot to enjoy. Liberte Toujours doesn't fit exactly into any of the above in an off the peg sense which is probably why it succeeds. 'U2' and the title track are too tuneful. But gravitate to 'Drevored' and the guitar solo on 'Orehi' for most pleasurable return.

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Influential German saxist Gerd Dudek has died at the age of 84

The imaginative free spirited tenor saxophonist and flautist Gerd Dudek died aged 84 on Thursday. Dudek was known for his tenure in the Manfred Schoof Quintet and the Globe Unity Orchestra. Later in his career one of his very finest achievements …

Published: 5 Nov 2022. Updated: 31 days.

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The imaginative free spirited tenor saxophonist and flautist Gerd Dudek died aged 84 on Thursday. Dudek was known for his tenure in the Manfred Schoof Quintet and the Globe Unity Orchestra. Later in his career one of his very finest achievements was Smatter (2002, Psi) with guitarist John Parricelli, bassist Chris Laurence and drummer Tony Levin recorded in Kingston's Gateway Studio.