British Saxophonist Stan Sulzmann is a well known and much loved figure of the UK jazz scene. Any jazz connoisseur in the country would recognize his delicate and resourceful playing.
In ‘The Jigsaw’ Sulzmann decides to pair with an all-American ensemble: pianist Marc Copland (with whom he has a long-standing musical partnership), double-bass player Larry Grenadier and drummer Bill Stewart. The result is a very pensive work, where Sulzmann evenly displays his thoughtful approach and delicate tone whilst being supported by the attentive touch of Copland. A supple drumming coupled with a very skilful bass complete the picture.
The writing is intelligent indeed and tells a lot about the man behind the sax, his intimate knowledge of the instrument and the many years spent as a perceptive ensemble player. He doesn’t, in fact, allow much space to the soloist; on the contrary he favors attentive ensemble playing and subtlety of harmony.
Copland’s harmonic awareness is the perfect match for such a delicate and well balanced act.