This Frankfurt, Germany based, progressive-jazz/avante-garde record label is celebrating its fifth year in business. Simply stated, Between The Lines
has emerged as one of Europe’s jazz tinged guiding lights, partially due to trumpeter/flugelhornist Franz Koglmann’s acute artistic direction.
Keyboardist Oskar Aichinger surges forward with another interesting effort, further exemplifying the label’s penchant for highlighting musicians’ who often merge disparate elements into a unified approach. Here, the artist and his quartet render an acoustic-electric scenario, topped off by silvery dreamscapes, atonal voicings, and pleasant melodies. Aichinger is a supreme rhythmic pianist as he sometimes redesigns pulsating metrics into reverse gear amid Stefan Nemeth’s computer generated sounds. Besides, the smattering of electronics here and there, this recording is surprisingly organic in scope. As the expert rhythm section, featuring bassist Achim Tang, and drummer Paul Skrepek navigate the asymmetrical grooves in sympathetic fashion. Aichinger divides these eleven pieces into four parts. Hence, he creates clusters of mood-altering notions and variegated musical environs. (Recommended.... )