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This Berlin based quartet play a collective jazz of uncommon strategy and amazing prowess on 17 tracks of economical and brilliant playing - recommended!

Mahall / Dorner / Roder / Jennessen
Die Enttauschung - 5

Mahall / Dorner / Roder / Jennessen: Die Enttauschung - 5 (Intakt)
Label: Intakt    
Released in: Switzerland    

"Translated to "the disappointment", Die Ettäuschung's figurative tongue fixes firmly in collective jowl even before the first note sounds. A Berlin-based quartet comprised of Rudi Mahall, Axel Dörner, Jan Roder and Uli Jennessen, the ensemble's previous work has largely been in a repertory vein, mostly mining the mother Monk lode. Their teaming with Alex von Schlippenbach for Monk's Casino (also on Intakt) brought such pursuits to full flower. This album, their fourth, marks a redirect to their own compositions though ample amounts of Monk and Ornette are still audible in the corkscrew freebop that springs from their own pens and instruments.

Seventeen cuts on the docket necessitate economical time spans, often not much more than space enough to get in and get out. A tightly whorled head followed by terse overlapping solos and occasional breaks for bass and or drums represent the common schematic, though snatches of calypso ("Drive it Down the Piano"), samba ("Very Goode"), and other folk forms enter the songbook on occasion. Dörner carves modest space for extended techniques, threading in dissonant texture-based detours amidst the more structured playing on pieces like "Vorwärts - Rückwärts". The fit is ramshackle in spots, but the relative coarseness undercutting some of the charts works to the quartet's advantage in sustaining improvisatory friction.

Mahall and Dörner make for an uncommonly attuned pairing, particularly in the area of pitch production with the Mahall''s upper and middle register work on bass clarinet sounding oddly akin to an alto saxophone. Only sparingly does he revel in his reed's cavernous capabilities and I found myself wanting for more of such ribald manuevers on occasion. Roder and Jenessen are similarly suited to each others sensibilities on the rhythmic side, but the more galvanizing interplay often transpires between the horns. The audio balance also seems to favor the frontline, with Roder sometimes a shade muddy in the mix. Cover art is the same Zappa-esque collage style of Mahall's earlier solo effort for Psi and a fine complement to the music. If, on the off chance, these four are striving to live up to the strict letter of their chosen sobriquet then it's safe to say they fail miserably in the enterprise."-Derek Taylor

"Axel Dörner (born 26 April 1964 in Cologne, Germany) is a German jazz musician (trumpet and piano) and composer.

Dörner studied piano in the Dutch town Arnhem (1988-89) and at the Music Academy in Cologne (1989-1996). From 1991 he studied trumpet with Malte Burba, and during his studies he collaborated with trumpeter Bruno Light in the "The Street Fighters Duo". At this time he also joined the ensembles "The Street Fighters Quartet" and "The Street Fighters Double Quartet" together with Matthias Schubert, Bruno Leicht, and Claudio Puntin. In addition the "Axel Dörner Quartet" was initiated (with Frank Gratkowski, Hans Schneider and Martin Blume). With saxophonist Matthias Petzold. he participated on the albums Lifelines and Psalmen Und Lobgesänge.

Dörner has resided in Berlin since 1994, and occurs in the most diverse settings like "The London Jazz Composers Orchestra" and with "Hedros" (together with Mats Gustafsson, Günter Christmann, Barry Guy and others). Since then he has contributed on more than 50 album recordings.

Dörner is distinguished mainly by his versatility. He bouth play the more traditional Bebop, just like he fits in to classic Free Jazz or electronic music. He playd with Otomo Yoshihide at the Donaueschinger Musiktage in 2005. Dörner play both solo concerts and collaborates with his trio "TOOT" (together with Phil Minton and Thomas Lehn) and "Die Anreicherung" with Christian Lillinger, Håvard Wiik and Jan Roder, and in Ken Vandermarks "Territory-Band". Dörner is an integral part of the Berlin scene of experimental new improvisational music. Dörner was given special attention for his interpretation of all compositions by Thelonious Monk, with the pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach and his own band "Die Enttäuschung" released on a three CD album (Monks Casino, Complete 2005)."-Wikipedia

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Product Information:

UPC: 7640120191665

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: INT166
Squidco Product Code: 12116

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded in Berlin, 2006 by Christian Betz and Axel Dörner.


Rudi Mahall-bass clarinet

Axel Dorner-trumpet

Jan Roder-bass

Uli Jennessen-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Rocket in the Pocket 4:31

2. Tja 2:41

3. Uotenniw 3:56

4. Wiener Schnitzel 2:51

5. Salty Dog 4:44

6. For Quarts Only 4:26

7. Tinnef 5:27

8. Tu es nicht 3:23

9. Nasses Handtuch 4:06

10. Tatachlich 5:52

11. Rumba Brutal 5:00

12. Hopfen 3:54

13. Schienenersatzverkehr 3:39

14. Bruno 4:40