Michael Wollny - Xxxx (LP)

$ 24.99


Release Date: 04/30/21

'A wildly colorful and dramatic album of highly responsive, imaginative and daring players. Mysterious and magical.' Downbeat (US)

180 gram Coloured Virgin Vinyl with a free Download Code included!

XXXX doesn't fit into any category. We're in uncharted territory, so a good way to capture its essence might be to break it down into its four component parts. First there's Michael Wollny, here for the very first time playing only on electronic keyboard instruments. He creates a characterful world of retro-futuristic sounds that is very much his own. We find the occasional nod to early Jean-Michel Jarre, references to science fiction and also vivid memories of the sounds of avant-garde Krautrock. As for Tim Lefebvre, here is a musician who has plied his very great craft with stars such as David Bowie, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Knower, and Wayne Krantz. Here he is like a rock in a tempestuous sea. He propels the music forward with a combination of bass and effects. He builds structures and tames unruly elements. As a counterbalance we find the explosive yet highly sensitive playing of drummer Christian Lillinger. He stacks layer upon layer of rhythms and textures. And the melodic lines of Emile Parisien on soprano saxophone always have an astonishing springy inventiveness. Such is Parisien's latent energy, it seems as if at any moment he could suddenly become airborne. The players' eager curiosity as to what the next turn, the next impulse, the next push will be is palpable to the listener. One can sense the tension between the urge to construct forms, lines, grooves, harmonies, textures, versus the illicit joy of tearing such fragile structures apart before they have even been heard. There are beats and patterns from the 90s, 80s and 70s, all coalescing into cinematic bacchanalia of sound. These four master improvisers all have the urge to rewrite the rules of their musical world - and to do so in real time. XXXX is an album full of joy, emotion, humor and an almost childlike, naïve pleasure in 'playing'. And it also presents a new trans-Atlantic group which is absolutely one of a kind.

Label: ACT
Genre: Jazz
Run Time: 54 mins

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