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Wake Up Call - Live in Italy by Pago Libre

Pago Libre is a European quartet that's almost impossible to pin down - and to quote M. Stewart, that's a good thing. Oh sure, it's on a label noted for the most "out" of out/free/avant/improvisational jazz, but it's not that easy.... because it IS that easy. The foursome of John Wolf Brennan (piano, melodica), Arkady Shilkloper (French horn, flugelhorn), Danielle Patumi (bass) and Tscho Theissing (violin) go about making friendly, melodically & rhythmically accessible yet uncompromising jazz. No, you won't mistake it for Bucky Pizzarelli, but the it won't clear out your teaparty like Peter Brotzmann might.

Everybody plays with a confident, open-ended sense of freedom that keeps the rhythm going, whether said rhythm is implicit or explicit. Pago Libre specializes in pristine improvisations meet rousing Balkan-influenced melodies, where Stephane Grappelli/Svend Asmusen/David Grisman string-swing meets Jimmy Giuffre chamber jazz, where Bela Bartok muses with John Lewis, and Gunther Schuller writes for a Hungarian klezmer band. The playing by all is superb & inspired, the recording quality is crystalline without being sterile. Don't listen to it all in one sitting - it'll wear ya out.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Pago Libre
  • CD Title: Wake Up Call - Live in Italy
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: Leo
  • Musicians: John Wolf Brennan (piano, melodica), Arkady Shilkloper (French horn, flugelhorn), Danielle Patumi (bass) and Tscho Theissing (violin)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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