Tian et al – Lost & Found (2012) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Tian et al – Lost & Found (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 49:02 minutes | 1,02 GB | Genre: Jazz
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“Lost and Found” is the name of the debut record of young German saxophonist Tian, alias Christian Korthals. Tian has collected his musical stories about losing and finding during his one-year journey around the world as a street musician. For his jazz and latin influences, the German press has compared Tian’s music to Sonny Rollins, but it is certainly the Flamenco elements that add a unique touch to the traditional jazz combo line-up. While experiment and improvisation do play a big role, Tian has arranged his music clearly, always keeping it understandable, and the message clear: Don’t fear the unknown.

Finding their own niche somewhere between bebop and postbop there is the unexpected texture added with Angel Rubio and his Spanish guitar. Jazz is indeed becoming a global force and lines of distinction here in the west are becoming razor thin thanks to the creative energy of Tian Et Al, a saxophonist that could hold his own on any stage in the Big Apple. Tian whose given name is Christian Korthals leads a formidable sextet through their paces, at times sounding like an even larger ensemble and at other times embracing the deceptively subtle approach of a less is more Coleman Hawkins like riff on a ballad “Echo From The Past.” Opening with the infectious “Chocolate con Churros” the musical melting pot is evident. There is a fusion of cultures but with a delightful bohemian like twist built within the sound. The inspiration of a slight more open ended sound may be due largely in part to Korthals writing this compositions on his year long odyssey across the globe as a street musician. The addition of the Latin and flamenco influences in this setting while not new, has never been performed as well. “My Funny Valentine” is re-harmonized into a slightly more uptempo tune kicked off with one of the finest trombone players I have heard in some time in Achim Fink. The rhythm section is rounded out with Christopher Siegenthaler on piano, Benjamin Tai Trawinski on double bass and Tobias Moller on drums. The synergy that transposes itself on to the recorded medium is simply fantastic. Shifting meter on the fly while working without what would seem to be a harmonic net is captivating. The syncopated pop articulated with the lyrical sense of purpose is something most ensembles can strive for and never reach in a career. Tian Et Al has lyrical flow and texture down cold. An exact science but with an open ended warmth and accessibility. “Beer for Breakfast” is but one of the rather catchy tunes you may find yourself coming back to over and over again. Bebop goes pop? No…this is much deeper but when played with real emotion and passion then the joy is undeniable.

Tracklist:
01. Chocolate Con Churros
02. Echo from the Past
03. Jeder Tag
04. My Funny Valentine
05. Lila Licht
06. Ixtlan
07. Beer for Breakfast
08. Watch Out I Bite
09. Flor Mixteca

Personnel:
Christian “Tian” Korthals, tenor & soprano saxophone
Achim Fink, trombone
Christoph Siegenthaler, piano
Benjamin Tai Trawinski, double bass
Tobias Möller, drums
Special Guest:
Angel Rubio, Spanish guitar

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