Markus Stockhausen, Florian Weber - Alba (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Artist: Markus Stockhausen, Florian Weber
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Trumpet Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Recorded: July 2015, Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano
Alba is the premiere recording of trumpeter Markus Stockhausen’s duo with pianist Florian Weber, a formation in existence for some six years now. Though very different in their connections to the language of jazz, both musicians share a deep interest in the process of creative expression: of looking inwards and outwards with intensity at things, for echoes, resonances, insights.
Initially, the duo experimented with electronic sounds, also to create the “opening sounds” that have attracted Stockhausen since he first played with Rainer Brüninghaus’s trio in the early 1980s. But with Weber, the realization soon came that the duo sounded stronger playing acoustically. “Florian has this incredible touch and possibilities to modulate the sound of the piano. There are so many colours available”. Alba is Markus Stockhausen’s first ECM recording since Karta was released in 2000. Florian Weber, a German Jazz Critics prize winner who has played with Albert Mangelsdorff, Lee Konitz and many others, makes his ECM debut here.
Alba—the first Markus Stockhausen recording for ECM since Karta (ECM, 2000)—is the premiere recording of trumpeter Stockhausen's duo with pianist Florian Weber, a relationship that spun off from Markus' six-piece world music ensemble Eternal Voyage. Initially Stockhausen wrote all of the material, but as the relationship grew Weber contributed tunes: there are also several impromptu performances in this set. After some early experiments with electronics the pair decided that they sounded stronger playing acoustically, making this an all-acoustic album.
Which is not to say they aren't open to a wide range of acoustic sounds. On "What Can I Do For You?" Weber begins the album on the inside of the piano, a gentle wash of sound that prepares the way for Markus' entry on muted flugelhorn. Stockhausen's gently swinging, melodic composition "Mondtraum" follows. Stockhausen always begins the first recording session with intuitive improvisation, or "intuitive music" (a term coined by his father, the pioneering composer Karlheinz Stockhausen). As there was no musical pre-agreement, most jazz musicians would simply call it "free improvisation." Regardless of the label, "Ishta" is the luminous result.
There are several other impromptu performances. For "Resonances" Stockhausen blew phrases into the body of the piano, creating a kind of duet (presumably with the damper pedal raised). The album's three brief piano pieces—"Possibility I," "Today," and "Barycenter"—were also impromptu performances by Weber. While there is no clear division between composition and improvisation, there are tracks with a more composed sound. In addition to "Mondtraum," recent Stockhausen commissions are represented by "Synergy Melody" and "Zephir." Weber's "Die weise Zauberin" also has a clear song structure.
Composed or improvised, the duo produces a beautiful, introspective sound. It joins A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke (ECM, 2016) by pianist Vijay Iyer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith as a recent shining example of a trumpet and piano duet recording. --Mark Sullivan, All About Jazz
1. What Can I Do for You? 04:52
2. Mondtraum 05:10
3. Surfboard 02:31
4. Ishta 04:43
5. Emergenzen 05:45
6. Barycenter 01:00
7. Emilio 05:40
8. Possibility I 01:50
9. Befreiung 04:54
10. Resonances 02:08
11. Die Weise Zauberin 05:07
12. Synergy Melody 05:07
13. Better World 05:15
14. Zephir 06:25
15. Today 01:17
Markus Stockhausen, flugelhorn, trumpet
Florian Weber, piano
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