With his clear, emotionally charged voice and personal soundscapes, Robert Wyatt is one of the leading figures in alternative music. He rejoiced at Hütte’s confrontation with his work: „This project is great for my sense of still being alive, knowing that these brilliant young musicians looked my way for a moment … They have my profound gratitude.” A remarkable, accordant approach to the music of an original iconoclast.
Now, for the first time, Max Andrzejewski devotes himself to another artist: the iconoclastic Robert Wyatt, drummer and founding member of the legendary groups Soft Machine and Matching Mole. A leading exponent of the so-called Canterbury scene in the 60s and 70s, this drummer, singer/songwriter moved on to a solo career after his accidental fall out of a window in 1973 left him paraplegic. There now was an added poignancy in his voice and a desire to test musical boundaries as his music became more collaborative, politicized and unconventional. Yet, despite a music that contains brittle vocals, quirky arrangements, and a mix of instruments that projected a bit of bewilderment, along with a merciless analysis of society, Wyatt has never left humor and irony out of the mix. "When I heard it for the first time," remembers Max Andrzejewski "that touched me a lot." Then came the invitation to the 42nd Leipzig Jazztage; a British tribute program just at the right moment. Andrzejewski opted for Robert Wyatt, probably because he heard parallels to his own Hütte albums and saw Wyatt as a true spiritual brother. Andrzejewski translated Wyatt’s quick breaks and severe style changes into his own musical language. The sextet that Andrzejewski organized for the occasion remained together beyond their festival appearance. The nine songs on this album span a wide breadth of ideas, creating a sound that has parallels with such works as Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew and Carla Bley’s Escalator Over the Hill, yet stands fully on its own ground. Andrzejewski’s renditions are full of color and rich in detail; you recognize Wyatt’s originals, yet hear them from a completely new perspective.
Turkish singer Cansu Tanrıkulu’s extraordinary voice teeters on the edge of purity, roughs up and tosses around these "revolutionary lullabies" until they reappear convoluted, grittily transformed. An earthy saxophone a rapturous flute, an indomitable bass, keyboard cascades, precisely punctuated drum and guitar lines that cross through and over the borders of rock, jazz and the avantgarde. A polychromatic homage that captures the unfathomable.
Sep 13, 2019 - Altenburg, DE @ Filmfest (Jazzclub)
Sep 14, 2019 - Berlin, DE @ Jazzkeller69
Sep 15, 2019 - Pohrsdorf, DE @ Saxstall
Sep 16, 2019 - Magdeburg, DE @ Jazzclub
Oct 11, 2019 - Nürnberg, DE @ Jazzstudio Nürnberg
Oct 18, 2019 - Karlsruhe, DE @ Jazzfestival
Oct 24, 2019 - Konstanz, DE @ Jazzherbst
Oct 25, 2019 - Belgrad, RS @ Belgrade Jazzfestival
Nov 13, 2019 - Wien, AT @ Porgy & Bess
releases October 4, 2020
Johannes Schleiermacher (saxophone, flute, synth), Tobias Hoffmann (guitar), Andreas Lang (double bass), Max Andrzejewski (drums, vocals, arrangements), Cansu Tanrıkulu (vocals, fx), Jörg Hochapfel (organs, guitars, vocals)
Recorded on 13. & 14. December 2018 at LowSwing Studio Berlin by Guy Sternberg Mixed and mastered in april 2019 at LowSwing Studio Berlin by Guy Sternberg All songs arranged and produced by Max Andrzejewski Robert Wyatt´s picture by Renaud Monfourny. Band picture by Dovile Sermokas. Design by Michael Schultz.
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