Friday, July 19, 2013


November 1993, saxophone player and composer Markus Stauss and bass player Jean Chaine teamed up with improvised jazz drummer / percussionist Heinrich Lukas Lindenmaier.
The recording session resulted in an album release on the Swiss SOPF label.

"Open" shows that Markus Stauss and Jean Chaine had already performed and recorded together on various occasions and in different settings. The playing is very tight. The addition of H. Lukas Lindemaier was an excellent choice.
The album presents seven compositions, all by Markus Stauss. In the liner notes, Markus states that the pieces are a mix of old, very old and brand-new tunes. He chose (and wrote) them well. Beautiful melodies and fine improvisations.

"Open" is a jazz album. If you're familiar with Markus Stauss' output, you will probably agree that this is one of his more accessible albums.
Perfect to start the day.

I like it a lot.

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