Frederic Rabold Crew – Funky Tango (1979/2017) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Frederic Rabold Crew – Funky Tango (1979/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz  | Time – 40:22 minutes | 748 MB | Genre:  Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © MPS

German trumpeter/composer Frederic Rabold is at home with the jazz idioms of Dixieland and swing, the modernisms of Gil Evans and the Avantegarde explorations of Gunter Hampel. Influenced by trumpet icons Chet Baker, Clifford Brown, and Booker Little, he has worked with Lester Bowie, Albert Mangelsdorff, and Tony Oxley. Ribold’s Crew was popular throughout the 70’s, and with the addition of American singer Lauren Newton, this edition of the crew was particularly successful.

A founding member of Vocal Summit and the Vienna Art Orchestra, Newton is as comfortable singing Schoenberg and Webern as she is exploring the improvisational edges. This unusual mix of trumpet, voice, sax, clarinets and rhythm section works as a small ensemble with a unique big band sound. There’s Argentine artistry, flamenco passion and free-form fire in Funky Tango. The minor-keyed melancholy of Nina’s Dance pivots around Newton’s vocal pirouettes, and on Newtones Newton & Rabold explore the melodic borders. Goblins is a vocal tour de force, what the noted writer Joachim E. Berendt called “one of the most thrilling vocals of any type of music whatsoever”. Patience features the dark warmth of bass & contrabass clarinet along with an impressionistic piano solo, while Fingerfarben features a colorful mélange of relaxed modes, ‘kaput rock’, disarrayed harmonies and crazy rhythms. Sophistication, humor, and a bit of madness coalesce in a thoroughly enjoyable album.

01 – Funky Tango for A.M.
02 – Nina’s Dance
03 – Newtones
04 – Goblins
05 – Patience
06 – Fingerfarben

Produced by Joachim-Ernst Berendt. Engineered by Carlos Albrecht.
Recorded on February 2,4,16-17, 1979 at Tonstudio Zuckerfabrik, Studgart, Germany.
Digitally Remastered.

Frederic Rabold – trumpet, Flugelhorn
Thomas Horstmann – guitar
Uli Bühl – piano, electric piano
Erich Stangl – saxophone
Walter Hüber – saxophone
Wilfried Eichhorn – saxophone
Lauren Newton – vocals, voice
Fritz Heieck – bass
Manfred Kniel – drums