Markus Stockhausen, Vangelis Katsoulis, Arild Andersen, Across Mountains, O-Tone Music ****

If you are looking for pristine, immaculate trumpet in an airy, chamber-like setting 'To See' here is first port of call on an at-times very beautiful open ended trio album recorded remotely. Trumpeter Markus Stockhausen is that player here and is …

Published: 14 Feb 2022. Updated: 9 months.

If you are looking for pristine, immaculate trumpet in an airy, chamber-like setting 'To See' here is first port of call on an at-times very beautiful open ended trio album recorded remotely. Trumpeter Markus Stockhausen is that player here and is found along with pianist Vangelis Katsoulis and Nordic bass legend Arild Andersen. While not an ECM release this has all the hallmarks of an ECM release and certainly you get a lot of space, almost an ambient vision, and a sense of calm conjured by the trio throughout. With no drummer the textural state of the playing is quite different, quite anthemic on 'The Rebel' with Stockhausen and Katsoulis building a great rapport between them. So it is deeply serious music-making and you obtain a certain grandeur in the space the trio traverse and Stockhausen is magnificent throughout, maybe on 'Arco Flight' best of all. Certainly a kind of jazz that has little in common with a swinging, time-keeping style and more of an affinity with the contemporary classical avant-garde it is thoughtful and intense in its own way and the musicianship throughout is on another level that quite often takes the breath away.

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Henri Texier, Heteroklite Lockdown, Label Bleu ****

A case if ever there was one of looking to a veteran of note to deliver something weighty as French bass legend Henri Texier, his son saxophonist Sébastien and drummer Gautier Garrigue delve meaningfully into standards and originals stripped down …

Published: 14 Feb 2022. Updated: 9 months.

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A case if ever there was one of looking to a veteran of note to deliver something weighty as French bass legend Henri Texier, his son saxophonist Sébastien and drummer Gautier Garrigue delve meaningfully into standards and originals stripped down and made highly communicative and delivered as if they have all the time in the world. Highlights include Garrigue's exuberance on 'Fertile Danse' and Texier's deft delivery of 'Besame Mucho'. A must.