"I really love the piano trio,” says Aki Takase, with a passion that mirrors her playing. “But not the old idea, where the pianist is king, and the bassist and the drummer are just sidemen. We are equal.” Indeed, all three musicians are in focus in the trio AUGE: bassist Christian Weber and drummer Michael Griener are among the most original virtuosos of their instruments. On Intakt they have presented brilliant albums with the New York saxophonist Ellery Eskelyn.
Christian Weber recorded albums with Co Streiff and Oliver Lake. Michael Griener is a member of the band Die Enttäuschung and Monks Casino with Alexander von Schlippenbach. Over the course of nearly four decades pianist Aki Takase has provided fresh impetus with different musicians such as reedists David Murray and Rudi Mahall or fellow pianist (and husband) Alexander von Schlippenbach.
The Berlin-based Chicago journalist Peter Margasak writes about the recording: “The music on the debut album from the collective trio AUGE is wide-open, operating from an unobstructed vista where every thing seems possible ... Free improvisation rarely sounds so cogent, rippling with an adroit command of rhythm and harmony that erases the line between design and spontaneity.”
Aki Takase: Piano
Christian Weber: Bass
Michael Griener: Drums
Recorded February 18, 19, 2019, by Markus Mittermeyer at Traumton Studios, Mixed and mastered by Will-y Klangdach and Christian Weber. Cover art: Harald Naegeli, 2018, Berlin. Cover photo: Valentin Rothmaler. Graphic design: Paul Bieri. Liner notes: Peter Margasak. Photo: Stefanie Marcus. Produced by Michael Griener, Christian Weber, Aki Takase and Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt, Anja Illmaier, Florian Keller. Published by Intakt Records.
This is adventurous music with tons of forward momentum. It's like running down a hill with wild abandon - ready to teeter off the edge at any moment but never losing control. Constantly unexpected and delicious - wow. cellostuff
Lively compositions served up with perky playing. The string arrangements are amazing. The tones converge and separate in a lovely way. Add in a lil SKKKRRRT from the guitar pedal for some spice. Sure to liven up your day. Dig it! Lord Dubious