ALESSArecords, executive producer: Peter Guschelbauer
ANNA LAUVERGNAC voc. CLAUS RAIBLE p. GIORGOS ANTONIOU b. STEVE BROWN dr.
THE CD WON THE GERMAN CRITIC AWARD!
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Anna Lauvergnac sounds more fascinating than ever, and the second recording of her Pan-European Quartet is simply superb.
The album “Coming Back Home” is a remarkable marriage of well-known and rarely-explored jazz standards, and four original songs. Lauvergnac reaffirms her elegance in phrasing, excellence in rhythmic interpretation and uncommon sensitivity.
The quartet performs with flawless unity, yet each musician maintains a marked individuality that celebrates the strength and spirit of jazz. They transcend any lick or cliché and dive into the heart and essence of music.
Claus Raible has something approaching telepathy with the singer. Their synchronicity in unpredictable music movements is astounding as he breaks the rules of classic `comping` to create a freer and fuller interdependence between melody, lyrics and harmony. As always, Raible proves to be able to draw power from the roots of modern jazz to flourish into his own personal musical language, delivering a serial of spectacular solos in which he takes risks and music phrases to the limits. Like an aerialist defying gravity, he creates unforeseen lines which soar with beauty and danger in a perfect balance between rhythmic urging and harmonic tension.
From the first bar, bassist Giorgos Antoniou provides a platform for the music to glide with a warm depth and groove. His fabulous bass lines and distinctive harmonic sense melt elegance and a rootsy pulse. His solos are jewels.
Drummer Steve Brown‘s dynamic drive is truly impressive. He swings on the cymbals, his beat is strong and he anticipates and supports the wide range of variations and moods. Brilliant on the up-tempos and intense on the ballads, he is a first-rate drummer – tasteful, imaginative and effective. -Leroy Windwood