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Sieverts, Henning / Symmetry / Blackbird
Album:Blackbird Collection:Jazz
Artist:Sieverts, Henning / Symmetry Added:Oct 2009
Label:Pirouet Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2009-12-13 Pull Date:2010-02-14 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Feb 14Jan 24Jan 17Jan 10Dec 27Dec 20

 Recent Airplay
1.Apr 02, 2010:No Cover, No Minimum
4.Jan 15, 2010:Memory Select, new friday time
Half-Brain Dream
2.Feb 12, 2010:Memory Select - Tom Djll of Grosse Abfahrt
Blues For Alice
5.Jan 15, 2010:No Cover, No Minimum
3.Jan 22, 2010:No Cover, No Minimum
Dribs And Drabs
6.Jan 08, 2010:No Cover, No Minimum
Dribs And Drabs

Album Review
Reviewed 2009-12-13 
Pirouet, 2009

MODERN JAZZ – Cleverly constructed tunes inspired by birds (and musical birdlovers), but that doesn’t mean this sounds like a bunch of field recordings. The birdsongs usually manifest as subtle circular motifs. Arty modern jazz, mostly low-key and cerebral, very well done.

Henning Sieverts - bass, cello
Chris Speed - clarinet, tenor sax
Johannes Lauer - trombone
Achim Kaufmann - piano
John Hollenbeck - drums

* * * * | Fo’s Picks: 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12

1. 6:24 – playful alternation of odd meters; freeform middle; piano strolls, flies
2. 7:06 – piano scurries over bobbing melody; relaxed trombone, busy drums
3. 4:40 – pretty, lilting song, with nice interplay between clarinet & trombone
4. 2:46 – fluttering melody speeds up, slows down, becomes a little march
5. 5:10 – slow, quiet, moody processional; very mysterious
6. 1:35 – interlude: quiet percussive sounds and high keening squeaks
7. 7:27 – spare, circular intro; becomes Beatles tune, then a German folksong
8. 2:00 – low groaning tones with some squeaky accents
9. 5:50 – chugging 12-tone strut with an insistent pressure, bashing at end
10. 3:21 – horns drift gently over suspenseful single-note piano
11. 3:28 – strange, dizzy and disorienting; spins, then becomes a jumble
12. 5:29 – calm pulse, dreamlike at first, then a fluid piano solo
13. 4:39 – ballad: bass solos between lazy horn lines; sweetly drifting clarinet

[ Fo ] 12/13/09

Track Listing
1.Wingswing 7.Blackbird / Wenn Ich Ein Vöglein Wär'
2.Dribs And Drabs 8.Low Owl
3.Ubaramarabu 9.Gale In Night, Nightingale
4.Penguin Promenade 10.E Bird
5.Rebird 11.Half-Brain Dream
6.Twittering Machine 12.Blues For Alice
 13.O.M.'s Birdsday