Arkady Shilkloper (alp), Florian Mayer (vc, voc), John Wolfgang Brennan (p), Tom Götze (cb, tba). www.pagolibre.com
The international jazz quartet Pago Libre has almost become a legend. They play their very own groovy mixture of alpine rhythms, folky melodies and chamber music finesse, enriched with a lot of jazz, sometimes funky and groovy, sometimes elegiac and experimental. Arkady Shilkloper (horn, alphorn, flugelhorn), Florian Mayer (violin, voice), John Wolf Brennan (piano, melodica) and Tom Götze (double bass, tuba) are all sophisticated musicians with classical training, virtuoso individual fighters and organically coalesced improvisers. Pago Libre convinces with wistful ballads, surprising drive, pushing bass, wing-swinging violin, mountain-clear piano and virtuoso alphorn. And sometimes you can hear eight eyes twinkling.... Chamber jazz that has risen and broken out, temporarily wreaking its holy havoc in the mountains. Now the lively quartet is reinventing itself once again: with Florian Mayer as a fresh pulse taker and beat setter, the sound traces will draw further circles, far into interplanetary space.
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