From Germany comes a wonderful quartet led by clarinetist Theo Jörgensmann. The clarinet, although a featured instrument in early jazz, has fallen from favor among jazz musicians in the past three decades. This is certainly about to change with its renewal by Theo and the group. This man shows beautiful control and mastery of his chosen instrument as do the other members of the quartet. The music is certainly in the "free form" category if one is to categorize. However, the musicians share a deep respect for their music and each other. One never intrudes on another's space which leads to beautiful music and a relaxed mood. Even this tired old "Dixielander" found this record most enjoyable and it will earn a space on my shelf of favorites.
Happily, the group will appear at the Du Maurier International Jazz Festival in Vancouver, BC in 1999 and plan additional concerts in Canada and the U.S.A. prior to and after the festival. For booking and record availability, contact Klaus Kugel by email.