Simon Below Quartet – Elements of Space (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:01:02 minutes | 636 MB | Genre: Jazz
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In August 2018 the Simon Below Quartet performed at the international Jazz Festival Avignon and won the Grand Prix du Jury: three days of recording at the famous La Buissonne studio in Pernes les Fontaines in the south of France. Countless ECM productions have already been recorded there (e.g. by Tigran Hamasyan, Florian Weber, Nik Bärtsch, Kristjan Randalu), as well as works by piano grandmasters such as Joachim Kühn, Brad Mehldau, Ahmad Jamal and Carla Bley. In addition to the studio days in the summer of 2019, the award included another appearance on the main stage of the festival, which was followed by enthusiastic articles in the French jazz media.
Elements Of Space now presents the recordings made at La Buissonne. It is certainly not only a result of the outstanding sound and the spirit of the studio that the nuanced music of the album sometimes reminds of ECM productions. “Chamber jazz with a push” is what Simon Below humorously calls the style of his dynamic band, which skillfully moves between nuanced, lyrical and powerful passages. Often even within one piece, as the opener “Wasserschwimmer” [“Water-Swimmer”] impressively demonstrates. Below’s compositions are remarkably mature and multi-layered, which is doubtlessly also due to his various sources of inspiration. They include jazz classics (Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane) and contemporary artists (Sylvie Courvoisier, Tyshawn Sorey), as well as Bela Bartók (partly because of his for that time innovative overlapping of two different harmonies) and Frédéric Mompou.
1. Simon Below Quartet – Wasserschimmer
2. Simon Below Quartet – Hymn to the Stars Take 1
3. Simon Below Quartet – Sandstone
4. Simon Below Quartet – Io
5. Simon Below Quartet – Raindrops
6. Simon Below Quartet – Isonoe
7. Simon Below Quartet – Harpalyke
8. Simon Below Quartet – Windfall
9. Simon Below Quartet – Hymn to the Stars Take 2