Intakt CD 166
What’s the best jazz como today? An elder statesman’s allstar band? Some recent hotshot conservatory grads? A mid-career hero’s touring group? For my money, none of the above. Instead, an unassuming, mildly self-abnegating foursome from Berlin is the heaviest working band in small-group jazz. Die Enttäuschung – a name that invites its own comments (and deflates any grand self-assertion like the above), translated as “the disappointment” – has been around since the end of the ‘90s …
Playing intimate quartet music firmly rooted in free-bop, with an open sound, melodic improvising and a clear delight in swinging (and interrupting the swing), the group’s frontline is immediatley arresting, a gush of musicality …
The band takes the good old idea that charts are springboards for playing, for music that is not on the page. There’s an absence of rigidity, there is serious listening, a playful attitude, humility and musical ambition, all rolled into one. No disappointment, at any level.
"Best of 2009, Part Four":
Die Enttäuschung (Intakt)
This quartet from Berlin continues to write pithy postbop swingers and uncork concise, biting solos whose vocabulary draws from jazz’s entire history. The lean, craggy grooves of bassist Jan Roder and drummer Uli Jennessen give the music a buoyant drive without treading on the front-line action of bass clarinetist Rudi Mahall and trumpeter Axel Dörner. In both their individual solos and their knotty but airy multilinear improvisation, the horn men are exquisite in their focus and bracing in their tone.
Peter Margasak, www.chicagoreader.com
Blog, USA, January 22, 2010
released October 12, 2009
Axel Dörner: Trumpet
Rudi Mahall: Bass Clarinet
Jan Roder: Bass
Uli Jennessen: Drums
Recorded 2009 in Berlin by Christian Betz. Mixed by Axel Dörner. Cover art: Katja Mahall Liner Notes: Roland HHBiswurm and Bill Shoemaker. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Produced by Die Enttäuschung and Intakt Records. Published by Intakt Records.