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The first concert series took place from March 21 to April 17 2005 at the WUK museum and will be organized each year. It immediately became a significant reference point for artists, journalists and an audience of all ages. A CD-release of live recordings from this concert series was also the start for the newly founded label “JazzWerkstatt Records”, emphasizing again the concept of independence.
'I’ve thought of a dozen ways to open this review but the best one is for me to shut up and listen to the fantastic opening of this double album itself: Koller Riff by Salesny´s Hans Koller tribute. Sounds so dense and full that you get thrown back into Mingus workshops and the early Globe Unity Orchestra (If that starts and sustain on such level i´ll soon need 3 pages).
Total amazement on every track is here. Bernd Satzinger (Wurlitzer) trio (check out Christian Grobauer on drums), enters the electric Paul Bley era while in »Käfig« a large ensemble plays great tones and colours. Kelomat is a strong quartet with trombone, Alto, Bass and drums á la Tim Berne, Roswell Rudd and Kontra5nett a lovely double bass ensemble while Fuzz Noir enters the more 80´s and early 90´s different jazz forms with a particularly good »Goodrick-ish« Peter Rom on guitar.
See, i get simply speechless because indeed and as warmly recommended by Christoph Huber (Mr. Porgy & Bess) this album is from far the most intense and achieved new Austro-Jazz overview. I don’t know when they give prices, awards and subventions, but I would highlite 100% this group of extremely talented musicians now and later. The second CD sees more of these combinations between most of these heard on #1. So much music, so many bands and advanced directions strongly stated already can only make us hope a great future in music here (about 30 years after the first VAO ...) — 10 stars.'
skug Nr. 64, Oktober – November 2005 Noël Akchoté
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