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Traces

Artist: Dan Stern

Date of Release: 22/10/2007

Catalogue no: 1293

Label: Kvetch Records

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Into the Line

7.33

2

 

Super Saturate

7.42

3

 

Traced

5.18

4

 

Eye of the Beholder

9.17

5

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Synthesis

4.22

6

 

All that will be

2.35

7

 

Mirrored

5.05

8

 

Introduction to Kyrie

0.54

9

 

Around Kyrie

3.23

10

 

Introduction to Viderunt Omnes

0.36

11

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Around Viderunt Omnes

4.14

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Asaf Sirkis, Gwilym Simcock, Tim Garland

Visionary modern jazz in two contrasting suites. TRACES Suite featuring an all star line-up of US and UK musicians mixes Stravinsky, Messiaen, and Coltrane, while the MIRRORS Suite is an intimate take on ancient and modern classical music, from Perotin, Palestrina, to Ligeti.
With: Dan Stern, David Liebman, David Binney, Tim Garland, Phil Markowitz, Gwilym Simcock, Phil Donkin, Asaf Sirkis.

 

Reviews

 

11/01/2008 John Fordham

Any UK jazz musician who can attract the creative American saxophonists Dave Liebman and David Binney to a home-brewed debut album has to have an expressive message. The London-born South African saxophonist and composer Dan Stern can boast classical studies with Alexander Goehr and Robin Holloway, and sax lessons from former Miles virtuoso Liebman himself. The set splits an expressive message. The London-born South African saxophonist and composer Dan Stern can boast classical studies with Alexander Goehr and Robin Holloway, (...)

 

01/01/2008 Chris Parker

UK-born to South African parents, saxophonist / clarinettist Dan Stern took lessons from David Liebman after being inspired to take up jazz by hearing Michael Brecker at Ronnie Scott's; the success of this course can be measured on this, his debut album, which features Liebman in addition to a punchy but cohesive band: fellow reeds players David Binney and Tim Garland, pianists Gwilym Simcock and Phil Markowitz, bassist Phil Donkin and drummer Asaf Sirkis.

The album is divided into two sections, the first a five-piece suite, 'Traces', featuring the above players; the second, the six-part 'Mirrors', featuring Stern alone, on overdubbed saxophone and clarinet. The former suite ranges between pleasantly nervy, restless themes and more meditative fare, with intelligently arranged harmonised reed arrangements from which various soloists, chief among them the resourceful and confident Stern himself, emerge where appropriate, all flawlessly driven by the excellent rhythm team of Donkin, Simcock and the superbly responsive Sirkis; the latter, culminating in absorbing arrangements of sacred music by Palestrina and Perotin, showcases the ethereal, haunting sound of Stern's reeds.

Whether in bustling, streamlined yet absorbingly tricksy sextet mode (occasionally reminiscent of some of Binney's recent work) or solo, though, Stern's compositional/arranging strength is impressive throughout this absorbing album � clearly a man to watch.

 

17/10/2007 Time Out

Superb rising sax star Stern possesses confidence and maturity but is still something of a name to watch, his warm tone and highly articulate composing style leaping from Stravinsky to Messiaen to Coltrane with ease. His complex and accomplished debut album, 'Traces' shows a striking new talent at work.

 

12/10/2007 Ron Burnett (Jazz Notes, The Press, York)

Saxophonist Dan Stern`s Traces (Kvetch Records) has soul of a higher spiritual and artistic nature.
There is some exciting and emotional playing from all concerned, but this is jazz with the studied dischords and angular themes of some of Stern`s admitted influences.

 

08/10/2007 Gary Barwin (Serif on Nottingham Press)

In addition to the playing, one thing about this CD that is remarkable is that two parts of the CD each form part of a wholly integrated musical vision. The improvisations are conceived so as to flow out of the compositional context. The medium-sized ensemble works like a Mingus or a Braxton ensemble, with a natural flow from composed group material to individual improvisation. Dan has a keen ear for tone colour, and he creates beguiling orchestrations from various combinations of saxophones, clarinet and bass clarinet as well as the rhythm section.

This is an impressive CD: thoughtful, subtley conceived, accessible music with a fresh sensibility, performed with great skill and intelligent charm.

 

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