2005 WhyPlayJazz (RS001), CD + MP3 Album Download
Carsten Daerr (p), Christian Lillinger (dr), Johannes Fink (b), Philipp Gropper (ts)
Recorded, mixed and mastered April - May 2005 by Rainer Robben at AudioCue Studio, Berlin, Germany.
This is the debut eponymous album by the young German (based in Berlin) quartet called SONNE, which comprises of saxophonist Philipp Gropper, pianist Carsten Daerr, bassist Johannes Fink and drummer Christian Lillinger. The album presents nine original compositions, three composed by Lillinger, two each by Daerr and Gropper and the remaining two credited to the entire quartet.
The music of SONNE is quite typical of young European Jazz, which rebels against the mainstream Jazz tradition by decomposing its basic structures and putting them together in a form of a new collage, which is fresh and daring, but not disrespectful. Although unconventional and somewhat avant-garde / Free, this music still preserves the basic Jazz qualities of improvisation on a theme and cooperation with the other band members to create a new form of creative expression.
This music might prove challenging to the less experienced listeners at first, but after a while it becomes in fact quite logical and even melodic, in spite of the initial strangeness and alienation. It is also beautifully preformed and well recorded, which sums up to quite a satisfactory aesthetic challenge, with should last. Gropper and Lillinger are both members of the excellent trio Hyperactive Kid, which is also worth following.
This album is also the debut release of the small independent German label WhyPlayJazz, which in the decade since releasing this album became one of the sources of most consistently interesting European Jazz, for which it deserves our gratitude and praise.
Was hier an den Tag gelegt wurde, lies eine vorerst ins geheime Frage nach weiterer musikalischer Steigerung für den restlichen Konzertabend stellen. Diesem Gedanken gaben die atemberaubenden Temposteigerungen, die wühlenden Soli und das blitzschnelle Zusammenfinden im Ensemblespiel in den folgenden Werken keinen weiteren Raum. Die bodenständigen Eigenkompositionen aus der Feder der Bandmitglieder verwoben elegant druckvollen Jazz, feinsinnige Fünftonmusik und lässigen Reggae innerhalb des gut zweistündigen Konzerts. Deren schwungvolle Aufführung gab dem Publikum eine bereichernde Ohren- und Augenweide. Der Jazz ist tot? Von wegen. Das „Quartett Sonne“ glüht in seiner Flamme!