florian egli weird beard Orientation (CD, £14.25)
The quartet Weird Beard was founded by Zurich based saxophonist Florian Egli. Following the debut album 'Everything moves' on Intakt records, they released a second studio album, recorded again in the Blackbox studio in Brittany by the outstanding sound engineer David Odlum. 'Orientation' is a sophisticated record on which Weird Beard increasingly focus their attention on the creation of moods and atmospheres. Christoph Wagner writes in the liner notes: "Weird Beard forge creative sparks out of opposites. the band use contrast as a means to create dramaturgy, veering back and forth from soft to loud, from fast to slow, and from forceful to lyrical. sometimes the music acquires a lightness and transparency, but then becomes progressively more dense. in other places it can morph into a dreamy wallowing elegy, before opening out into a tub-thumping inferno. Perhaps “post-jazz” is the word which comes first to mind to describe it."
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