Atmosphere and emotions are key words for the European Union Quartet and its CD ‘The dark peak’. A quartet that is really European with its combination of a Dutch, a German, a Slovak and an English jazzmusician.
The title piece (by bassplayer Gavin Barras) has a nearly picturesque quality: one hears a landscape growing in the sheer suggestive lines of sax and guitar. Adventurous music making is what these nine, own compositions have in common. It can be in subtle musings, with a dreamlike feel, like in the beautiful soundscape of ‘House by the lake’. Or in the way the quartet grows together towards a structure in ‘Reddish Vale’. All four instruments are equally important in their improvisations and strikingly together in emotionality.
Saxplayer Iman Spaargarens composition ‘Zieleroersel’ is all about emotions and it is a joy to hear how suggestive and controlled the band explores form and sound. The European Union Quartet plays a modern jazz that looks for the inside of things. With great emotional and melodic qualities.
Here’s a chance to hear tracks from the album in a special promotional video.
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|1||Reddish Vale ||6'28||Listen|
|2||Schmeissendorf 7 ||5'28||Listen|
|3||Na de Regen ||5'05||Listen|
|4||House by the Lake ||4'02|
|5||Sixth Sence ||4'52||Listen|
|7||Dear Mr. Scofield ||4'19|
|8||The Dark Prelude ||3'01|
|9||The Dark Peak ||5'47||Listen|
Track 1, 3, 4 and 6 composed by Iman Spaargaren
Track 2, 5 and 7 composed by Ulrich Elbracht
Track 8 and 9 composed by Gavin Barras
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