Günter Baby Sommer is at the height of his musical
career. After ‘Song for Kommeno’ (Intakt CD 190) and
his Solo masterpiece ‘Dedications’ (Intakt CD 224) he
presents at his 75th birthday a duo recording with
german trumpet player Till Brönner. The listeners will
notice quite quickly how relaxed Till Brönner and Baby
Sommer correspond, the chosen musical material
included. We experience the meeting of two musicians
who have found a common language despite their
personal distinctness; who do not need to prove anything
to anybody. That is why their very first ever recording is
fed by a basic calmness. Had Baby’s Party not been
chosen to become this CDs title, the last piece – the
Duke’s ‘In a Sentimental Mood’ – would have made an
equally well fitting title. Not in the sense of a yearning
retrospection but – according to the two musicians’ natural
disposition – in the sense of an invincible preview of
what is ahead of them.
released August 17, 2018
Günter Baby Sommer: Drums, Percussion
Till Brönner: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
All compositions by Günter Baby Sommer except “Danny Boy” by
Frederic Weatherly and “In a Sentimental Mood” by Duke Ellington.
Till Brönner appears courtesy of Sony Music Masterworks, a division
of Sony Music Entertainment.
Recorded December 5, 6, 2017, at Hardstudios Winterthur, Switzerland,
by Michael Brändli. Mixed March 2018 by Michael Brändli.
Cover art and design: Jonas Schoder. Liner notes: Thomas Brückner.
Photos: Francesca Pfeffer and Tobias Sommer. Produced by Günter
Baby Sommer and Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt. Intakt Records,
P. O. Box 468, 8024 Zürich, Switzerland.
Total mastery of patience, time, and drama create a constantly engaging journey that never gets tiresome or same-y: in fact the harder you listen the better it gets! Somehow Sorey et al. find a way to combine the deep listening and spontaneous interaction of the best jazz with the sense of every tone and sound being worth a universe of listening, which could be equally from Cage and Feldman or the accompaniment to an ancient ritual.
The recording/engineering is absolutely perfect as well. Giles
Eclecticism with vision and swag. This is what Americana could sound like if it wasn't bound by so many rules. Echoes of blues, movie soundtracks and Appalachian mountains. And Čapek... pure joy. jiristepan
Nobody, giant or otherwise could sleep through that opening section!...I liken it to the struggle for life...working/striving for balance in a musical/ecological domain... (what?) oh, its groovy too! Bob Ross
This music has everything I need: acoustic instruments, a slow build, layers of atypical harmonies and rhythms being added each pass through, subtle melodies and combinations. Excellent work! Little James