December 11, 2022 – 5:52 am

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‘Songs’ featuring Gareth Davis
Vienna 2022 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Porgy & Bess, Vienna, Austria; October 17, 2022. Very good webstream.

Thanks to Lewojazz and Jazzrita for sharing the show at Dime.

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The Wire, September 2021:

“I have always considered myself an orchestral composer,” Vienna born trumpeter and composer Michael Mantler acknowledges in an interview. With Carla Bley, in 1965, he set up the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra in New York, a large ensemble vigorous and versatile enough to channel and give support to the torrential energies of improvising soloists such as Cecil Taylor, Pharoah Sanders and Gato Barbieri. Then, when Mantler and Bley established their independent record label Watt in the early 70s, its third release featured his piece Thirteen, a massive conception scored for two orchestras, plus connecting piano.

Eloquence, in Mantler’s terms, is never a matter of romantic flourishes or rhetorical excess. A discipline of austerity runs through his music even when the orchestration is at its most animated and intricate. Mantler has made no secret of the deep affinity he feels for the work of Samuel Beckett. Mantler’s music, like Beckett’s prose, is communicative without being conventionally expressive.

As a trumpeter and as an orchestral composer, Mantler to a certain extent shares those qualities and characteristics. He is a jazz musician who frequently seems to be working in an idiom more abstract and oblique than jazz. He does make compelling use of orchestral colour, yet despite the broad range of options available to him a repertoire of characteristic figures, alignments and accents persist. Cultivating these recurrent elements, Mantler manages to project an air of tension and an intensity that carries his own unmistakable imprint. Like Beckett, he is a virtuoso of cadence, his ear for the fall of a phrase is acute. And invariably the truly telling phrases do fall. Exultant ascents, joyous flights of the spirit are not Mantler’s natural trajectory

Beneath the agitated surface of his orchestral music there lurks a condition of virtual stasis, less a drone than an impasse, chords that loom in intractable blocks, going nowhere. His frequent use of repetition is never restful or hypnotic. Mantler is a master of anxiety and apprehensiveness. Dedicated listeners to cinematic music should certainly check out his work. His 1978 release Movies is a set of soundtracks for imaginary films.

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“Songs” for bass clarinet and trumpet soloists, vocal and brass ensembles and percussion; with texts by Samuel Beckett, Ernst Meister, Giuseppe Ungaretti and Michael Mantler.

Track 01. Today 7:27
Track 02. Intolerance 4:43
Track 03. Business 5:22
Track 04. Pss/Something There 8:53
Track 05. Darker Than Night 10:20
Track 06. Eterno [Eternal] 10:47
Track 07. Vanita [Vanity]/E Senza Fiato [Motionless] 5:49
Track 08. Non Gritade Piu [Outcry No More] 3:54
58 mins

Marko Ivanovic - conductor

Michael Mantler - trumpet
Gareth Davis - bass clarinet

Vocal Ensemble:
Barbora Jiraskova - soprano
Jana Vondru - soprano
Elmaz Mrkvickova - alto
Annabelle Plum - alto
Jan Mikusek - tenor
Vojtech Sembera - baritone
Stepan Janousek - bass

Brass Ensemble/Percussion:
Ladislav Kozderka - trumpet
Jan Pribil - trumpet
Jakub Zidek - trombone
Jiri Tarantik - French horn
Jiri Genrt - tube
Martin Oprdsal - vibraphone, marimba

   Click here to order Michael Mantler releases.

  1. 8 Responses to “JAZZ ON SUNDAY: MICHAEL MANTLER - VIENNA 2022”

  2. Rumor has it Michael gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Dec 11, 2022

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    By Jocko P on Dec 11, 2022


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    By Lawn Reindeer on Dec 11, 2022

  5. I trumpeted his butt hole

    The tune was “A Taste Of Honey”

    It was brown honey with corn and peanut bits

    Very tasty

    By Un Loved Eunuch on Dec 11, 2022

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    By U L E on Dec 12, 2022

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    By U L E on Dec 12, 2022

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