During the current decade cologne-based saxophonist angelika
niescier has made her connection to new York’s elite improvisational
jazz community readily clear. Her trio cd The Berlin Concert, was
voted one of the most important releases of 2018 by Downbeat.
this stunning new recording suggests that only the atlantic ocean
separates her from the agile collaborators heard here. once again
her music is anchored by the bass playing of chris tordini, the
saxophonist’s longest-running stateside partner. the album includes
the first recorded evidence of her simpatico ties with drummer
Gerald cleaver and trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson.
on numerous pieces niescier has experimented with various
cagean compositional devices to propel, complicate, and energize
improvisational endeavors. she’s long been stimulated by the ideas
of John cage, but this recording marks the first time she’s chosen
to apply them to her own work, albeit in a highly personalized
fashion. Peter Margasak writes in the liner notes: “this fresh
direction only suggests a blossoming of niescier’s creativity, as she
complements the enlargement of her new York circle with an
expansion of compositional models."
released April 19, 2019
Angelika Niescier: Alto Saxophone
Christopher Tordini: Bass
Gerald Cleaver: Drums
Jonathan Finlayson: Trumpet
Music by angelika niescier. Recorded January 16, 2018,
at douglas Recording, Brooklyn. Mixed January 17, 2018,
at Pablo san Martin’s, Brooklyn. sound engineer: Peter karl.
cover art and graphic design: Jonas schoder.
Photo: arne Reimer. Liner notes: Peter Margasak.
Produced by angelika niescier and Intakt Records.