Tenor saxophonist Matthias Schubert leads a quartet with Claudio Puntin (clarinet) Carl Ludwig Hubsch (tuba), and Tom Rainey (drums), integrating New Orleans jazz forms into modern improvisation, including covering Jelly Roll Morton's "Shreveport Stomp".
Schubert Quartet, Matthias
Label: Red Toucan
Released in: Canada
"In the heady climate of the 1970s loft jazz era, the fertile aesthetic common ground shared by Dixieland and free jazz was well documented by such notable innovators as Henry Threadgill, Anthony Braxton, Muhal Richard Abrams and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. German tenor saxophonist Matthias Schubert continues this exploration on Trappola.
Schubert and the other members of his group-clarinetist Claudio Puntin, tuba player Carl Ludwig Hubsch and drummer Tom Rainey-share common histories, having often played together in various combinations over the past decade. Blending the raw communal expressionism of free jazz with the joyous punch of early Dixieland and European marching band music, they make a riotous postmodern noise, laced with a wicked sense of humor.
The quartet defies standard rules of traditional accompaniment; Hubsch offers support without being fully relegated to the role of bass player. Rainey similarly navigates his trap set, injecting melodic contours and colorful textures while he maintains the pulse. Schubert and Puntin lock horns, weaving endless variations on angular themes full of intertwining melodic fragments as they negotiate Rainey's thorny palpitations with tricky counterpoint and witty rejoinders.
Toying with stop-start rhythms ("Plus Minus"), austere chamber dynamics ("Statik and Penetranz") and riotous, circus-like fanfares ("Upgradeing"), the quartet blends a variety of approaches. "Soldaten" encapsulates the furthest reaches of the group's potential, vacillating between turbulent, Braxtonian march rhythms and spectral explorations that border on silence.
Collective improvisation alternates with expansive solo statements on Trappola. The leader's intervallic tenor is brawny and propulsive on "Soldaten" and the lumbering funk of the title track, which features Rainey throttling his kit with the same focused intensity that he delivers when accompanying Tim Berne. Rainey's solo statements and supportive fills blend seamlessly with his open-ended approach, sounding occasionally like one endlessly nuanced, driving improvisation. Hubsch contributes mesmerizing multiphonic solos, most notably on "Statik and Penetranz," while Puntin unveils a fertile blend of Old World lyricism and klezmer-inflected sarcasm on "Don Cordolone."
A lively rendition of Jelly Roll Morton's "Shreeveport Stomp" makes an appropriate cover choice, complementing the album's ancient-to-the-future aesthetic. Blending freewheeling structures, fervent improvisation and ironic humor with Old World traditions, Schubert and company lend a new wrinkle to the tried and true. Historical revisionism never sounded so good."-Troy Collins, All About Jazz
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"Besides his own project like Hübsch's Longrun Development of the Universe, Drift and Hübsch's Primordial Soup he founded the ENSEMBLE X and co-leads the Multiple Joy[ce] Orchestra together with Matthias Schubert and Frank Gratkowski.
Hübsch is part of many collective projects and ensembles and works as side man in various projects. Carl Ludwig Hübsch performed with musicians like Arthur Blythe, Michiel Braam, Thomasz Stanko, Paul Lytton, Lester Bowie, Jasper vant Hof, Paul Lovens, Ernst Reijseger, Angelika Sheridan, Peter Keller, Thomas Lehn, Martin Theurer, Gunda Gottschalk, Axel Dörner, Ute Völker, Gino Robair, Philip Zoubek, Le Quan Ninh, Michel Doneda, Scott Fields, Michael Vorfeld, Uwe Oberg, Ulrich Phillipp, Franz Hautzinger, Sebastian Gramss, Nils Wogram, Frank Köllges, Udo Moll a.m.o. throughout the planet.
He participated in numerous projects like e.g.
• The F-Orkestra
fellowships or study travels lead Hübsch troughout the continents, e.g.to India in 1997 for studies with Ramamani (Karnataka College of Percussion)or to Namibia in the year 2000, to the USA ( OMI-Arts Stipendium 2002) • but also to closer places like Essen (Jazzpott Award 2003 ) or to Basel (2008 / 2009 Residency of the Stiftung Bartels Fondation) Huebsch's work is documented in numerous radio and CD productions."-Carl Ludwig Hubsch Website (http://www.clhuebsch.de/index.php/en/projects-en)
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Recorded May 14th-28th, 2003.
Matthias Schubert-tenor saxophone
Carl Ludwig Hubsch-tuba
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1. Plus Minus 5:15
2. Soldaten 12:53
3. Upgradeing 8:08
4. Statik Und Penetranz 11:09
5. Shreeveport Stomp 3:15
6. Don Cordolone 8:50
7. Trappola 13:37
8. Brettspiel 4:54