...on the right track...
Steyer (saxes, cl), Rainer Lewalter (b), Jürgen Hahn (tp, fl-h),
Peter Wegele (p), Hubert Malik (dr), special guest: Martin
Spiegelberg (g) on track 3 and 5
Recorded and mixed
April 10 & 11, 1999
at Fluxx Studio Munich.
Recording engineer: Lori Lorenzen
- while also alluding to the kind of song titles much favored
by the early bepoppers,
at the same time resumes the situation of the young jazz
musicians on the verge
of the third millenium you find yourself facing a near-century
of great jazz already in
existence. But the vantage point of hindsight need not
necessarily stifle an up- and- coming
player`s own personality and expression.
Edith Steyer, the young reed
player and composer from Munich, digs way deep in the
legacy of the saxophone and clarinet. Not one to say away from
taking inspiration from
masters that many of her contemporaries would consider
out-dated, she commands a
huge "bag" of musical ideas and knows how to use
whatever serves her purposes.
Her magnificent and easily
identifiable sound on all of her instruments, combined with a
supple swing feed and a quite personal bluesy touch in her
melodies all give ample
proof of the fact that there`s a real stylist expressing her
the by now classic jazz quintet line-up of two horns and
the group plays almost exclusively original material (written
by Edith Steyer and Rainer
Lewalter), they felt it was appropriate to pare things down to
essentials and cut away
all outside formalism and extraneous clutter. The remarkable
instrumental blending and infectious spirit of spontaneity on
the quintet`s first recording, "On The Right Track",
is also a result of the daring simplicity of recording
conditions - all tracks were recorded live, one mike per
instrument, all the five of them in
one room, no headphones, no amplification. No nonsense.
Rather than impressing with
technical bravado and short-breathed "zeitgeist"
seek to catch the listener`s ear much the same way as jazz
did: telling those little stories - many of them all but new -
in a new, fresh and personal
manner. And here they are, shuffle and all, stomping it off
vigorously, gently caressing
the ballads and even toying playfully with a bepopped-up
version of Charleston.