Artists: Florian Klinger (vib), Lorenz Raab (tp), Fabian Rucker (sax), Georg Vogel (p), Raphael Preuschl (b), Andreas Lettner (dr);
Guests: Huiseung Yoo (viol), Helmut Hödl (cl), Al-Khabir Richman (voc), Patrizia Ferrara (voc)
On his first album as leader, vibraphonist and percussionist Florian Klinger aims to have his compositions echo his broad, multi-genre musical spectrum. He is one of the few musicians in Austria who are professionally active in classical music as well as jazz and improvisation. It was especially his lessons with Stefon Harris and Kevin Norton in the US that helped Klinger perfect his compositions – compositions which transport listeners into new and different soundscapes. In his current album “One”, the musical variety ranges from beat-laden songs that evoke J Dilla, Common and neo soul to hymns with orchestral airs. Vibrant ballads reminiscent of jazz music of the 1940s are followed by orientally inspired grooves and swinging odd metres. Jiggy brass sections alternate with melancholic piano passages and bowed bass. The virtuous, soulful vibraphone is ever-present, but always serves the composition. The listeners are given the chance to experience this almost rare instrument in an extremely refreshing way.
Florian Klinger – 27.2.