Following in the traditions of Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett, we find Markus Gottschlich ready to emerge as the next great pianist for a new generation.
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Of Places Between is the aptly titled sophomore release from this Vienna Austria native that grew up in what was once Beethoven's apartment. This captivating release walks the harmonic tightrope between what is commonly referred to as the new sub genre of chamber jazz here in the United States when in reality this aesthetic format has been a lyrical exploration for performers in Europe over the last quarter century.
Markus Gottschlich utilizes a small ensemble built around the more organic sound of the violin, cello, and accordion yet transcends any reasonable and often arbitrary tag that critics would enjoy placing on this and similar music just to make their life easier. While Of Places Between is a break in tradition for what is considered the norm for small ensemble pianists, I decided to continue my quest in rewriting the rules of critical review by asking Markus about his influences and feelings on where his improvisational wheelhouse is truly grounded.
Tracks: Invitation; Sleepless Night; Wehmut; A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing; Schubert Impromptu Op. 90 Nr. 3; Sojourner; Lilly; Dark Horses.
Personnel: Piano: Markus Gottschlich; Violin: Federico Britos; Drums: Jose Javier Freire; Bass (Acoustic & Electric) Scott Whitney; Accordion: Christian Bakanic; Cello: Elon Rubin; Tabla & Djembe: Rajesh Bhandari.