Fraktal – Polarisation Of Light (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:14:10 minutes | 1,52 GB | Genre: Pop, Jazz
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FRAKTAL is a septet founded and led by swiss jazzguitarist Jan Herzog. His music, brought to life by each member‘s strong and individual sound, takes place inbetween classifications and is looking for the connective elements through the use of a modern jazz language. From dense nettings to intimate solos and duos, seemingly simple harmonical and ryhtmical structures to complex grooves and musical landscapes, FRAKTAL‘s first album „Polarisation Of Light“ explores the area of conflict between light and darkness.
Fraktal’s debut album title, ‘Polarisation of Light’, has a rather scientific ring to it. It could lead listeners to the false assumption of being a sterile, heavy and brainy Jazz album. Where its protagonists, fresh out of school, present what they learned, deliberately avoiding to sound pleasing or accessible. But swiss born bandleader, composer, arranger and guitarist Jan Herzog presents his music in a genuine lively and stylish fashion. His compositions drive from the strong performances of his bandmates, who know how to make the most out of their individual showcases, yet manage to appear as a strong and unified group.
Herzog never seems to run out of ideas of how to set his players, or how to tell a story. Forming intimate and fragile instrumental settings, that wind to waves of sound and groove, drawn by a magnificent large ensemble. Simple and straight forward rhythmic and harmonic arrangements alter into complex, entangled tapestries of sound design. Above all, the beautiful and crystal voice of Andrea Nydegger and Christoph Mahnig’s well tempered trumpet.
Furthermore Herzog doesn’t miss the chance to prove himself as a fantastic guitar player with remarkable instrumental skills. His solo adventures are another picture book of prolific melodic invention. Fraktal is yet another great example for the admirable Swiss Jazz Scene. ‘Polarisation of Light’ shows a deep understanding for the possibilities of modern jazz.
01 – From Source To Shore
02 – Polarisation Of Light
03 – Pilgrimage
04 – Striving
05 – Mitosis
06 – Farfalla
07 – Falena
08 – Odd
09 – Binney‘s Gospel
10 – Finding Home
All Songs written and arranged by Jan Herzog.
Recorded by Benjamin Gut at Jazzcampus, Basel, Switzerland.
Mixed & Mastered by Daniel Dettwiler at Idee und Klang Studio, Basel.
Jan Herzog – guitar
Andrea Nydegger – vocals
Christof Mahnig – trumpet, flugelhorn
Tobias Pfister – tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Daniel McAlavey – piano
Hannes Fankhauser – double bass
Ricardo Castillo – drums