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Review In the Spanish Daily Newspaper La Vanguardia
Monday, 07 March 2011 19:44


logo la vanguardiaRead a review of our show in Terrassa on 02/19/11 as it appeared in the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia on 02/21/11 below. Click on read more for the original text and a translation in English.

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De un tiempo a esta parte, esta surgiendo en Europa una pleyade de solidos compositores de jazz que tienen el contrabajo como instrumento base. Es el caso de Holger Scheidt. Si con su primer trabajo (Half a Year in Half an Hour) Scheidt ya consiguio llamar poderosamente la atencion, la reciente aparicion de Flights Falls no viene sino a confirmar su linea claramente ascendente.

El de Terrassa era el ultimo concierto de la gira europea que empezo hace diez dias en Berlin. Y pese al cansancio, Scheidt y sus companeros completaron una actuacion repleta de valiosas composiciones dotadas de una estructura consistente y de un tono rabiosamente contemporaneo. Causo sensacion el pianista estonio Kristjan Randalu, quien perfilo atrayantes y viscerales solos con un sesgo de lo mas innovador. Por su parte, el saxofonista  norte-americano Rich Perry, a quien ya conociamos por su fino trabajo en la orquesta de Maria Schneider, parecio crecerse ante la gigantesca foto del desaparecido Joe Henderson que pende del techo de la cava, hasta rozar la excelencia en un tema tan conplejo como Pain. Mientras que, entre otras lindezas, el policreativo bateria catalan Marc Ayza se marco un soberbio solo a proposito de I Know Who Did It, con un impecable sentido del espacio-tiempo.


Karles Torra, La Vanguardia, 21.2.2011

 


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For a while now, there has been arising, in Europe, a circle of solid Jazz composer who play the upright bass as their principal instrument. This is the case of Holger Scheidt. As with his first work (Half a Year in Half an Hour) Scheidt had already been able to powerfully raise attention, his recent release „Flights Falls“ undoubtedly confirms his clear progress and upward trend.

The concert in Terrassa was the last stop of a European tour that had begun 10 days ago in Berlin. Despite the exhaustion, Scheidt and his peers delivered a performance full of precious compositions of a consistent structure and of a vigorously contemporary tone.  The Estonian piano player Kristjan Randalu caused great awe with his fascinating and deeply emotional solos which were characterized by a most innovative edge. Further the North-American saxophone player Rich Perry, whom we had already known for his fine work with the Maria Schneider orchestra, seemed to grow in front of the giant picture of Joe Henderson hanging from the roof of the Cava, reaching excellency in a theme all that complex as Pain. The multi-creative drummer Marc Ayza from Catalunya among other beauty displayed a strong solo on I Know Who Did It and a impecable feeling for space and time.


Translation, Holger Scheidt, 3.3.2011

 

 

 
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