Robert Bachner, trombonist & composer based in Vienna/Austria For more infomation please also visit www.robertbachner.com The Robert Bachner Quintet are: Robert Bachner, trombone & compositions Christian Maurer, tenor & soprano saxophone Reinhard Micko, piano Uli Langthaler, bass Christian Salfellner, drums 'Austrian low brass expert Robert Bachner is best known for his contributions to Matthias Ruegg's Vienna Art Orchestra, the similarly inclined (but less well-known) Upper Austrian Jazz Orchestra, and bassist Achim Tang's quintet. In each of these settings, the consistent and inspired excellence of Bachner's trombone and euphonium improvisations have clearly marked him as a player to watch on the European jazz scene. (...) Heart Disc demonstrates that Euro-jazz can cook with all the fire of, say, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers or Horace Silver's late '50s/early '60s quintets, while employing the sort of harmonic language that typifies the post-free output of European based jazz labels such as ECM and Soul Note/Black Saint during the '70s and '80s. The gutsy-yet-cerebral sound of Bachner's quintet - dominated by Christian Salfellner's superb drumming and a very fat front line of trombone and Christian Maurer's saxophones - is rather reminiscent of some of Dave Holland's recent quintet projects, albeit with piano instead of vibes. The seven original compositions that comprise Heart Disc run the gamut from genial, yet hard-charging modern jazz ('Heart Disc,' 'Moments of Noise,' 'No More Doubts') through pensive balladry ('One of Two,' 'Crucial Qualities') to ECM-ish impressionism ('For Gary'), and the sort of raucous stuff that peers over the edge without entirely disappearing into the chasm ('Minor Mood'). On every track, the ensemble digs in deeply, playing with unrelenting fire and urgency. Bachner's playing is as cogent as his writing - his affable trombone sound combines the expressionistic bluster of, say, Roswell Rudd and Gary Valente with the limber precision of Glenn Ferris, J. J. Johnson and Julian Priester. Drummer Salfellner has worked with Bachner in Achim Tang's group - and the flexible, swinging beauty of his playing here is a large part of this disc's success. (...) Heart Disc is a varied and engaging debut CD-Bachner remains a player to watch.' Dave Wayne, www.allaboutjazz.com 'Trombonist Robert Bachner may not be a commonly known name among jazz fans in the United States. With his debut CD, Heart Disc, American jazz fans now have the opportunity to hear Bachner's music without needing to travel to his native Austria. While jazz may have developed in the United States, the Robert Bachner Quintet proves that Europeans can play it just as well as any in the states. In addition to Bachner's very compelling trombone playing and composing the sidemen all deserve mention as important contributors to this project. Christian Maurer (saxophones), Reinhard Micko (piano), Uli Langthaler (bass), and Christian Salfellner (drums) play very expressively and interact extraordinarily well with each other on this project. Describing Bachner's playing and composing on this album is difficult without making comparisons that do Bachner's originality an injustice. His fondness for his former teacher's playing, Conrad Herwig, is evident, as are traces of Frank Rosolino and Albert Mangelsdorff. The performance format sounds similar to recordings made in the 1960s by Miles Davis or Art Blakey. Fans of any of those musicians will surely find this album enjoyable. In spite of those apparent influences the Robert Bachner Quintet shows an originality that is more than just the sum of their parts. Heart Disc has too many great moments to mention them all, but among them Minor Mood stands out for the composition as well as solos by Bachner and Christian Maurer on soprano sax. On Moments of Noise Bachner displays his abilities to improvise at a very quick tempo while not letting technique get in the way of telling a story. This track also features a virtuosic solo by pianist Reinhard Micko. Each track on this album is unique in mood and are all consistently well performed. (...) If this album receives the attention it deserves we can hopefully soon hear a follow up CD.' David M. Wilken, OT Journal february 2005 '... Bachner's full-bodied tone and engaging technical skills portend an exciting new voice on the jazz trombone who deserves a wider audience.' Steven Loewy, All Music Guide '... I was particularly impressed by Bachner's trombone, warm and full-toned; his technique, range and blend were breathtaking.' Bob Bragonier, www.52ndstreet.com.
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