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June 4, 2011 12:46 am

Stefan Schultze Large Ensemble: Run

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Stefan Schultze Large Ensemble

 

Run

(Double Moon/Challenge)

Solo strength is high on this beautifully scored big band album, produced and directed by the German pianist/composer Stefan Schultze. There is lazy bass clarinet, brash trumpet and a sympathetic rhythm section, but it is Schultze’s writing and the 17-piece band’s ensemble work that really stand out.

Muted fanfares yield to impressionist vistas and rich harmonies to the occasional bombastic climax. “Karawahn” is a tour-de-force of many moods, “Reminiscence” a somnolent wash, and “Monsterkind” an exercise in gentle surrealism.

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