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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

Schubert Quartet, Matthias: Trappola (Red Toucan)
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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Product Information:

UPC: 777078913852

Label: Red Toucan
Catalog ID: RT 9330
Squidco Product Code: 18041

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded May 14th-28th, 2003.


Matthias Schubert-tenor saxophone

Tom Rainey-drums

Carl Ludwig Hubsch-tuba

Claudio Puntin-clarinet

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Track Listing:

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

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