Reviews that mention Jan Klare

May 7, 2018

The Dorf/N

Lux
Umland Records 53

Ensemble SuperMusique

Les Porteuses D’Ȏ

Ambiances Magnétiques AM 239 CD

Cholet/Darche/Rüegg

Le Tombeau de Poulenc

Yolk Records J2069

Large Unit

Fluku

PNL Records PNL 038

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra

The Word for It Now

FMR CD 458-0817

Something in the Air: Rethinking the Large Ensemble

By Ken Waxman

Just as definitions of various forms of music has changed over the decades, so has the interpretation of what exactly constitutes a large jazz or improvised music orchestra. Sure there are still plenty of bands that stick to the popular Ellington-Basie mode with a fixed number of players and tunes. But that’s longer the norm. As music becomes more open and global, orchestral and so-called exotic instruments beef up the sections; a pre-determined number of players in each section is ignored and the use of electric instruments and electronics has soared. Equally outstanding in execution, here are some instances of how uniquely constituted large ensembles operate. MORE

July 23, 2017

Jan Klare/Julius Gabriel

About Angels and Animals
Umland Records 05

Raymond MacDonald/Graeme Wilson

Cast of Thousands

Creative Sources CS 353 CD

Bi-Ki?

Quelque Chose Au Milieu

Circum-Disc LX0008/Becoq Records 25

Should a future Jazz historian be looking for a perception that would disassociate 21st Century improvised music from its 20th Century antecedent, communion has replaced challenge as an overriding musical motif. Like cars with giant fins, smoke-filled offices and steno pools, the idea of a cutting contest where one instrumentalist proved his skill by brutally defeating others in symbolic man-to-man combat is a relic of the past. Take these two-saxophone meetings for instance, Unlike the fabled Hawk vs. Prez or Jug vs Stitt reed battles, the players here are intent on advancing ingenious interaction while maintaining their own identities. The fashion of humiliated losers and triumphant winners is as outdated as spats. With the discs clearly slotted into the experimental expanse, each player works to expand the limits of his instrument to its utmost, MORE

March 16, 2012

Klare/Platz/Kneer/Elgart

Modern Primitive
Evil Rabbit Records ERR 18

Klare/Siegel/Camatta

You Are So Me

Konnex KCD 5267

Working the sometimes arid boundary between Rock and Jazz is obviously a concept which fascinates reedist Jan Klare. However with the intersection point often the spot where showiness and bombast bury genuine improvisation, it’s a hit-and-miss proposition. This is forcefully demonstrated on these small-group CDs featuring the Münster-based saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist, best-known for his leadership of the massive German Jazz-Rock ensemble The Dorf. MORE

March 16, 2012

Klare/Siegel/Camatta

You Are So Me
Konnex KCD 5267

Klare/Platz/Kneer/Elgart

Modern Primitive

Evil Rabbit Records ERR 18

Working the sometimes arid boundary between Rock and Jazz is obviously a concept which fascinates reedist Jan Klare. However with the intersection point often the spot where showiness and bombast bury genuine improvisation, it’s a hit-and-miss proposition. This is forcefully demonstrated on these small-group CDs featuring the Münster-based saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist, best-known for his leadership of the massive German Jazz-Rock ensemble The Dorf. MORE

January 21, 0208

Bambostic

DJ`s Nightmare
JazzHausMusik JHS 252

RKeT

ReKorT

Umland Records 3

Taking on novel populist roles on these CDs, Münster-basesd alto and bass saxophonist Jan Klare, best-known for his leadership of The Dorf large ensemble, ventures into the sound world of hearty percussion and brief performances. Klare, whose catalogue radiates influences from all parts of the improvised musical globe, is joined on ReKorT by Dutch bass guitarist Luc Ex and American drummer Michael Vatcher for a dozen tracks that mate Punkish vigor with instrumental Jazz smarts. Taking the Way Back Machine even further into the past from Punk Rock’s Year Zero of 1976, Bambostic is a quartet whose 11 selections were part of the repertoire of alto saxophonist Earl Bostic (1913-1965), whose danceable hits charted from the 1940s to the 1960s and bridged Swing Era romps and groove-based R&B. MORE

January 21, 0208

RKeT

ReKorT
Umland Records 3

Bambostic

DJ`s Nightmare

JazzHausMusik JHS 252

Taking on novel populist roles on these CDs, Münster-basesd alto and bass saxophonist Jan Klare, best-known for his leadership of The Dorf large ensemble, ventures into the sound world of hearty percussion and brief performances. Klare, whose catalogue radiates influences from all parts of the improvised musical globe, is joined on ReKorT by Dutch bass guitarist Luc Ex and American drummer Michael Vatcher for a dozen tracks that mate Punkish vigor with instrumental Jazz smarts. Taking the Way Back Machine even further into the past from Punk Rock’s Year Zero of 1976, Bambostic is a quartet whose 11 selections were part of the repertoire of alto saxophonist Earl Bostic (1913-1965), whose danceable hits charted from the 1940s to the 1960s and bridged Swing Era romps and groove-based R&B. MORE