Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Zbigniew Seifert - 1979 - We'll Remember Zbiggy

Zbigniew Seifert 
We'll Remember Zbiggy

01. Spring On The Farm 8:03
02. Rubato 7:54
03. Chromatic Blues 3:23
04. Laverne 5:40
05. Love In The Garden 5:04
06. Air Power 3:37
07. Zal 7:26
08. McCoy's Nightmare 10:33

A1 recorded in Stuttgart/W.-Germany, March 1976
A2 recorded live at Donaueschingen Music Festival, October 1976
A3 recorded in New York City, December 1978
A4 recorded live at Jazzclub Ostertor, Bremen, April 1976
B1 recorded at NDR Jazzworkshop, Hamburg, March 1977
B2 recorded live in Brussels, December 1977
B3 recorded in New York City, December 1976
B4 recorded at NDR, Hamburg, March 1974

Albert Mangelsdorff (tb)
Charlie Mariano, Leszek Zadlo, Hans Koller (sax)
Zbigniew Seifert (vln),
Wolfgang Dauner, Joachim Kuhn, Joe Haider, Richie Beirach (p)
avid Darling (cello)
Philip Catherine (g)
Adelhard Roidinger, Glen Moore, Hans Coller (b)

Various settings for Seifert's remarkable violin on this 1979 platter, including a solo, some duos and full ensemble jaunts.  It hits the 4-star level a few times, particularly the unique "Rubato" that sets a sublime violin workout against a trombone drone of sorts, and the closer "McCoy's Nightmare", the only real Fusion burner in the program, with its active rhythms and driving horn riffs recalling mid-70s Billy Cobham and a truly astounding saxophone solo.  The opening track is also a full band workout, but fails to go beyond mediocrity with its formulaic solos and indifferent rhythm section. "Chromatic Blues" is another gem to be found here, with a really odd bass line and generally very odd rhythmic interplay.  Overall the music does tend towards the disposable, ordinary pleasantries of the non-avant-garde 70s "jazz" world, notably the weakest cut "Laverne". As a violinist, Seifert is certainly at least as good as Jean-Luc Ponty, but the full ensemble compositions and playing in general doesn't get anywhere near the mind-blowing heights of Ponty's albums as a leader around the same time in the mid to late 70s.



  2. Thank you! I only recently discovered Seifert and I love his music.