Mount Meander

Karlis Auzins - saxophones
Lucas Leidinger - piano
Tomo Jacobson - doublebass
Thomas Sauerborn - drums

Confirming that jazz is an universal language, here is a trans-national quartet featuring musicians from Germany, Latvia and Poland, in the two last cases living in Copenhagen. If you don’t recognize the names of these four representatives of a new generation of European musicians, namely Karlis Auzins, Lucas Leidinger, Tomo Jacobson and Thomas Sauerborn, certainly you’ll know some of those with whom they already established exciting partnerships: John Tchicai, Mat Maneri, Lotte Anker, Andrew D’Angelo, Adam Rudolph, Randy Peterson, Kresten Osgood, Sidsel Endresen and Frank Gratkowski. This gives you an idea of what to expect: music with an attitude, and the attitude is to function as one organism. Not a simple gathering of four individuals, but a complete being committed to intuitive and collective free improvisation. Does it mean this is non-idiomatic improvised music, to use the label invented by Derek Bailey? Not quite: the band Mount Meander uses musical idioms to tear down the borders between jazz, the avant-garde, world music, rock and pop, and precisely because this CD isn’t about genres. It’s all about unity, equality, trust and communication. Are you ready for them?
- Pedro Costa

“This quartet shows us that there need not be a compromise when it comes to jazz that is both bold and enjoyable to listen to. Here, stunning melodies go hand-in-hand with restless experimentation, and the end-result is music that is endlessly alluring.”
4/5 stars (Derek Stone - Free Jazz Blog - USA)

"This is one of the most enjoyable recordings I've listened to in quite a while.”
Favourite Releases of 2016 (One Man's Jazz - Canada)

"Ambitious compositions, pushing limits."
The Best Jazz Albums of 2016 Honorable Mention
(Tom Hull | USA)

“Doskonały przykład pełnego świeżości spojrzenia na muzykę improwizowaną XXI wieku.”
2016 Top Albums (Robert Ratajczak - Long Play - Poland)

“What distinguishes this music the most is the level of communication and cooperation among the musicians. This is a truly leader-less band, a collective endeavor, a homo sapiens project. This is not necessary a unrestrained conversation, nor free ideas exchange or some kind of “mystical” musical bond in making. “Mount Meander” more about human sensibilities, creative process, and this special moments when music transcends the genres, and art surpasses your own limitations. A truly memorable project. Strongly recommended.”
(Cezary Lerski - Polish Jazz Net - Poland/Canada)

“While it might seem that there is a production line for outfits hailing from Scandinavia, Mount Meander demonstrates that the output is far from standardised.”
3.5/4 stars (John Sharpe - All About Jazz - UK)

 

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Mount Meander - Sunsail, Pt. 3

Mount Meander - Sunsail, Pt. 1

Mount Meander - Thrill