Reviews that mention Akiko Akiko

August 22, 2020

Carl Ludwig Hübsch’s Artblau

Other Kinds of Blue

Simon Nabatov Septet

Time Labyrinth

Leo Records CD LR 881

Advanced dissertations in extended forms distinguish these authoritative sessions by two Köln-based composers. Russian-American pianist Simon Nabatov and Freiburg-born tubaist Carl Ludwig Hübsch conceptualize earnestly expressive sounds to attain dissimilar goals.

Nabatov, who has played with stylists including Nils Wogram and Mark Dresser, concvenes a chamber-music-style septet of close collaborators to interpret six brand-new compositions based on different conceptions of time. Hübsch, whose affiliations have ranged from Wolter Wierbos to Pierre-Yves Martel, assembles 10 associates to help work through a more complex supposition: how to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the appearance of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue LP without playing any of the music from the disc. Instead 11 of the dozen tunes – the final track is a Davis line – were developed over a year during which musicians wrote pieces based on the album’s spirit. In the end the tubaist composed four tracks; two each were composed by soprano saxophonist Salim Javaid or cellist Elisabeth Coudoux; and one each by violinist Akiko Ahrendt; alto saxophonist Leonhard Huhn; and trombonist Matthias Muche. The other participants are pianist Philip Zoubek, flutist Angelika Sheridan, drummer Etienne Nillesen, bassist Constantin Herzog, with Pauline Buss adding her viola to the final track, Davis’ “Blue in Green”. MORE