abstract elastic being

by Das Kaff

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    Ralf Altrieth tenor & soprano saxophones, flute, voice on no 6
    Nicolas Talbot bass
    Mike Surguy drums
    guest on 6 & 7: Hasse Poulsen guitar


    On their new album “Abstract Elastic Being”, the jazz trio Das Kaff combines a strong melodic progression with many free improvisations and surprising rhythmical changes in a wildly diverse mixture of original compositions and arrangements––where else do you find Mozart, Irving Berlin and Jimi Hendrix side by side? The trio makes the foreign musical material completely their own by re-combining and varying it in a very coherent manner, thereby creating a unique and mature sound. This is already the third album of the multinational trio that was formed almost 8 years ago and is based in the Normandy, France. The first two albums appeared on the Petit Label.

    Saxophonist Ralf Altrieth brings the whole range of his musical talents to this album, playing tenor and soprano saxophone as well as the flute and on one track employing his voice in recitation. He is joined by Nicolas Talbot on bass whose rhythmical adventures and flawless bowing technique both create a solid musical basis and at the same time a strong creative impulse for the trio. On drums Mike Surguy, a Hard Rocker at heart, is capable of a great sensitivity as well as of strong rhythmical interventions. On two tracks the trio is joined by the artistic director and gifted guitarist Hasse Poulsen. The maturity of the musical ideas of Das Kaff forges a coherent whole on “Abstract Elastic Being” whose musical shape might well be that of jazz to come.

    Das neue Album des Jazztrios Das Kaff kombiniert starke Melodien mit freien Improvisationen und überraschenden rhythmischen Wechseln in einer höchst vielfältigen Mischung aus Kompositionen und Arrangements – wo sonst findet man Mozart, Irving Berlin und Jimi Hendrix zusammen? Das Trio macht sich das fremde musikalische Material ganz zu eigen, es wird in einer sehr kohärenten Weise kombiniert und variiert, dadurch entsteht ein ganz eigener Klang. „Abstract Elastic Being” ist bereits das dritte Album des Trios, das seit acht Jahren besteht und in der Normandie in Frankreich angesiedelt ist. Die beiden ersten Alben erschienen bei Petit Label.

    Saxophonist Ralf Altrieth bringt auf diesem Album die Fülle seiner musikalischen Talente ein, er spielt Tenor- und Sopransaxophon, Flöte und auf einem der Tracks kommt sogar seine Stimme rezitierend zum Einsatz. Der Bassist Nicolas Talbot schafft mit seinen rhythmischen Abenteuern und seiner tadellosen Bogentechnik eine solide Basis und gleichzeitig einen starken kreativen Impuls für das Trio. Mike Surguy, im Herzen Hard Rocker, ist großer Sensibilität fähig, unternimmt aber auch starke rhythmische Interventionen. Auf zwei Tracks gesellt sich an der Gitarre der künstlerische Leiter dieser Aufnahme, Hasse Poulsen, zum Trio. Die Reife der musikalischen Ideen schafft ein musikalisches Ganzes, das in der Manier Ornette Colemans die Gestalt zukünftigen Jazzes bedenkt.

    Recorded at Studio du Faune (Brittany, France) June 10th to 13th 2013
    Recording, mixing & mastering: Christophe Menanteau
    Artistic Director: Hasse Poulsen
    Cover Art & Etching: Axel Cassel
    Graphics: Nuel Schoch

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released April 6, 2015



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meta records, Johannes Reichert & Ralf Altrieth GbR is an independent music label, founded in 1999.
The label releases records ranging from experimental jazz via classical music to world music. Founded by two artists, Ralf Altrieth and Johannes Reichert, all projects that they release are projects close to their heart. ... more

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