Arne Huber - bass
Domenic Landolf - tenor saxophone, clarinet
Rainer Böhm - piano
Jochen Rückert - drums
2 My Little Brown Book
6 Reincarnation Of A Lovebird
7 Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
8 Everything I Love
All compositions by Arne Huber
except 2 by Billy Strayhorn, 6 by Charles Mingus and 8 by Cole Porter.
Recorded on November 29 and 30, 2009 at Systems Two Studios, Brooklyn.
“It’s always refreshing to hear new music that satisfies both the heart and the head. This new release by the Arne Huber Quartet is one such CD… I’m happy to say that this is a record that deserves repeated listening, and that the Arne Huber Quartet has a bright future ahead of them.”
What a surprising debut by one of Germany’s most talented jazz musicians. Firstly, the original compositions, all by Huber, are, at their root, highly melodic, which is the key to this CD being such a satisfying listen. The rich, unpredictable, and often soulful harmonic structures of the songs provide another layer to sink one’s teeth into, as a listener.
As for the playing, there is great maturity and taste amongst all these players – not only in what they play, but in what they don’t play. You will be pleased by Arne’s haunting composition, ›Gemini‹, not only for it’s beauty and harmonic inventiveness, but for the care in which each player takes in interpreting it. The first strains float in, cloud-like, with pianist Rainer Böhm and drummer Jochen Rückert embellishing only sparingly, with their focus being on texture and color, all in support of the main theme, played beautifully by Domenic Landolf.
As for our bandleader, one needs only to listen to ›Freitag‹ to get a sense of his command as a bassist. On this fascinating piece, through shifting key centers and time signatures, Arne solos with ease and subtlety, taking the focus away from the demands of the composition, and making it sound like a walk in the park, albeit a strange park that you might want to avoid at night.
One of the three well chosen standards, ›My Little Brown Book‹, features Böhm’s understated and swinging stride piano and great clarinet playing by Landolf. The track stands out as a unique tip of the hat to an era for which this quartet has obvious respect, but all the while they are able to interject a modern angularity here and there, ever so tastefully, putting their own stamp on the song. This, in spite of its strong association with the classic Coltrane/Ellington album.
“One of the most adventures and colorful quartets i have listened to for a long time – this album is highly recommended.” jazz-kalender.de