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Electric pianist Hans Koller in an 11 piece band with guitarist Bill Frissell, plus Evan Parker on two tracks, playing arrangements of six Koller originals and 2 standards by Charlie Parker and Jimmy Giuffre.

Koller, Hans with Bill Frisell
Cry, Want

Koller, Hans with Bill Frisell: Cry, Want (psi)
Label: psi    
Released in: Great Britain    

"[...] Like Frisell, Koller is an enigma with jazz roots but displays them more openly, particularly in references to the embracing brass textures of Gil Evans, and to Evans's imaginative, rock-inflected heir Mike Gibbs. Anyone who shivers pleasurably at the sound of an Evans brass section (going all the way back on this set to the Birth of the Cool sound) will be warmed by Cry, Want, and though Frisell fans might find their man's input rather modest, the guitarist's playing alongside Evan Parker's soprano saxophone on the mesmerising title track might well make the CD worth the investment.

Koller is a talented writer with patience foremost among his gifts, as the soft-shuffling "Farewell" shows, with its ringing guitar and beautifully voiced and layered brass, the rhythmic development gently pulling at the melody lines so the piece gradually transforms. The Evans feel is plain on the slow-turning guitar ballad "Estuary", and Parker's soprano and Robin Fincker's clarinet elegantly entwine among the wheeling horns on the anthemic "Hermetique". Frisell's solo playing is mostly a throwback to his early Jim Hall influences, as can be seen when he swings over Jeff Williams's brushwork on "Quasimodo", and when his ensemble playing enhances Fincker's gruff tenor solo on the jubilantly urgent "Reunion". But it's the quietly bluesy, tone-poetic title track and finale - with Frisell's pinging harmonics among muted trumpets and swishing cymbals, and Parker's soprano sounding as Wayne Shorterish as it ever has - that really carries the day."-John Fordham, Guardian UK

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Product Information:

UPC: 5030243100828

Label: psi
Catalog ID: 10.08
Squidco Product Code: 14086

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded on November 10th, 2009 at Eastcote Studios, London by Philip Bagenal.


Percy Pursglove-trumpet

Robbie Bobson-trumpet

Jim Rattigan-french horn

Mark Nightingale-trombone

Sarah Williams-bass trombone

Finn Peters-alto saxophone

Robin Fincker-tenor saxophone, clarinet

Hans Koller-electric piano

Bill Frisell-guitar

Dave Whitford-double bass

Jeff Williams-drums

Evan Parker-soprano saxophone

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Track Listing:

1. Nocturne 6:23

2. Farewell 5:07

3. Riff Raff 6:26

4. Estuary 4:09

5. Hermetique 2:36

6. Quasimodo 3:17

7. Reunion 9:44

8. Cry, Want 13:00