Anton Eger: A

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Modern Jazz / Indie Jazz
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kontynent: Europa
kraj: Norwegia
opakowanie: kartonowe etui
opis: - ocena * * * * 1/2:
Norwesko-szwedzki drummer kapitalnego tria Phronesis - Anton Eger rozpoczyna pracę lidera. Niektórzy mogą kaprysić, że to za późny debiut, jednak w czasach konsumpcyjnej nadmiarowości taka postawa jest bardzo cenna. Od artystów i polityków w szczególności oczekuję wstrzemięźliwości w "produkcji" książek, płyt, fotografii... i idei.

"A', bo taki nosi tytuł jego autorska płyta prezentuje lidera kompletnego. Co do kompetencji Anton Eger-instrumentalisty, nikt chyba nie ma pytań, doświadczenie zdobyte podczas kilkunastu lat istnienia tria Phronesis jest wystarczającą rekomendacją. Jednak jego kompozytorskich zalet nie mieliśmy w pełni poznać. A ma ich wiele. Trudno satysfakcjonująco podsumować to jego niezwykle nowatorskie podejście do procesu komponowania. Każda kompozycja skrywa dwie osobne opowieści. Ma to swoje odzwierciedlenie w tytułach utworów, znak +++ oddziela poszczególne ich części.
Tak więc pierwszy track "HERb +++ gA" to gęsta fakturalnie "HERb" i emocjonująca Coda "gA". Anton Eger w inteligentny sposób używa tu syntezatora i elektroniki, chwilami działa ona jak kamuflaż, który ma ukryć melodie, które są niewątpliwie obecne. Jednak ogólny efekt jest niezwykły, kolejne, bardzo wyraziste utwory, zniewalające z początku, rozsnuwają pajęczyny dźwięków w dalszej części. Wysoki poziom wyrafinowania pod względem instrumentacji to kolejny ich atut. Instrumentaliści stawiają raczej na muzyczną, jakość niż popisy wirtuozowskie. Każda fraza ma kształt, każda coś znaczy, instrumenty ze sobą rozmawiają. Całość rozgrywa się na wielu poziomach, co sprawia, że słuchanie przynosi wielką satysfakcję.

Na "A' Anton Eger stworzył swój własny punkt odniesienia i trudno szukać podobieństw do innych ukazujących się płyt. Trudno oprzeć się iście uwodzicielskiej mocy tego nagrania.
autor: Mateusz Krępski
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Editor's info:
For over a decade Anton Eger has made his mark in Europe as one of the most exciting and energetically virtuosic drummers on the scene. Following his captivating live performances and recordings with the likes of Phronesis and Marius Neset, ‘A’, his eponymous debut, is highly anticipated and will undoubtedly propell his profile to new heights. Full of high-energy drumming, complexity and unpredictability with ‘A’ Anton has pulled out all the stops, drawing on an eclectic genre-defying mix of electronica, hardcore contemporary beats and retro musical guilty pleasures.

All About Jazz * * * *:
On first listen, Anton Eger's eponymously titled debut album shares similarities in its execution with the some of the recordings of Joe Zawinul and Django Bates, and Frank Zappa's Jazz From Hell Synclavier phase. Despite the irritating hieroglyphically devised song titles, there is actually real substance to the ten compositions. For over ten years Eger has been the backbone of Jasper Hoiby's extraordinary trio Phronesis but now it's his turn to lead. For the purposes of this review (and brevity) the pseudo-chemical element suffixes to the track titles and the +++'s are ignored.

The multi-layered "HERb" is immediately engaging and intriguing, the electronica underpinned by vibrant bass and melodic swirling synthesizer lines. "Oxford Supernova" ends with a bouncy reggae coda which stops abruptly whereas "datn" sails perilously close to musique concrete which The Beatles briefly adopted on "Revolution 9." By contrast, "IOEDWLTO" opens with sublimely hypnotic intertwined themes which progress through upbeat and finally sombre moods. "Sugaruzd" is more cohesive with a consistent percussive beat as is the toe-tapping rock-inflected rhythm of "Monolith." "Severn B" benefits from a subtle melodic charm which evaporates in its final minute with drum and bass pyrotechnics. The languid elegance of "Sufflör" is infused with Juliette Marland's spoken French vocals which add a certain melodramatic je ne c'est quoi to the mix.

It's difficult to adequately summarise this remarkably novel approach to composing. The high level of synth-based utilisation dominates much of this recording's forty minutes duration. Occasionally, it's almost as if the electronics act as camouflage to somehow disguise the melodies which are undoubtedly present. However, the overall effect is remarkable, the music succeeding on multiple levels thus making for compelling listening. With reference to the opening observations above, Eger has created his own terms of reference here and there is absolutely nothing derivative about it. It's doubtful that they'll be anything like it again until the release of his follow-up album.

Nextbop - The Next Generation of Jazz:
Drummer Anton Eger has always been a fascinating ball of energy. His work as a drummer, particularly with the trio Phronesis, is constantly moving, replete with ideas that never seemed to stop but always came on time. If drumming in an acoustic trio were all Eger did in his career, it would already be extremely impressive, but as the closing song to Phronesis’ album of last year, We Are All, can attest, there are some electronic inclinations rattling around as well, inclinations that Eger is fleshing out in full with his debut album, A, out Friday on Edition Records.

Each of these ten songs is split in two– an electronic jam and a noodly coda, each piece noted in the song title and separated by plus signs. Second single “Suguruzd” is a trippy, but then the screechy coda “pT” shifts the mood entirely. “Monolith” can go from an escape scene from a cyberpunk dystopia under a moonlit sky to a romantic ballad in the same song, but its coda, “tR” is like the looping music from the map page of an early stage in Super Mario 3. One would think this melding of vibes would be somehow discordant, but instead sits atop like toppings on a sundae. The turn “IOEDWLTO” takes from a smooth jam to a bouncy jaunt and back again before the two vibes intertwine to the point of unrecognizability only to come out on the other side as something new entirely is definitely worth the price of admission.

To pull all this off, Eger’s band deserves plaudits. Bassist Robin Mullarkey is no slouch, playing with a great deal of funny without the cheese factor. Dan Nichols on the Wurlitzer & Prophet 12 is awash with shades and textures that really defines the sound of this album. Matt Calvert is a man of many hats who is giving just the right touches all throughout the album. His touch on the guitar isn’t overwhelming but also far from forgettable. His electronic flourishes meld with the rest of the sound. The same could be said for Petter Eldh who appears throughout the album as well but whose role could best be described on his credits for “?irl MIP” is “synthesizers, modular shit”. Even Phronesis compatriot Ivo Neame shows up on a couple of tunes.

The letter “A” is a dipthong, a letter representing a sound that is the melding of two vowel sounds, in this case, the vowels “A” and “E”, Anton Eger’s initials. Two sounds melded as one, like an electronic jazz album, or musical phrases juxtaposed to one another so sensibly nonsensically. Anton Eger has always been full of ideas, disparate, entertaining ideas from all over the place. In his debut album, this kind of melding makes all the sense in the world and is just as entertaining as anything Eger has done as a sideman, even with it being totally different. Yet another melding contrast.
By Anthony Dean-Harris

Anton Eger: drums, voice, tambourine, shaker, plastic, phake pandeiro, stunt surdo
Juliette Marland: voice
Matt Calvert: guitar, korg trident, live drum processing/electronics, juno 6
Dan Nicholls: wurlitzer, prophet 12
Robin Mullarkey: electric bass, wurlitzer, prophet 12
Petter Eldh: rpolysix, bass synth1, synthesizers, polysix, electric bass, guitar, softsyntar, jazzgura, morphagene
Niels Broos: moog solo, polysix
Christian Lillinger: drums
Otis Sandsjö: saxophones
Ivo Neame: mellotron
Mathias Heise: harmonica

Produced by Petter Eldh and Anton Eger
Executive producer Dave Stapleton

1. HERb +++ gA
2. Oxford Supernova +++ jC
3. IOEDWLTO +++ hP
4. datn +++ oS
5. Sugaruzd +++ pT
6. Monolith +++ tR
7. Severn B +++ fP
8. ?irl MIP +++ hH
9. Never Not +++ kMp
10. Sufflör +++ sB

wydano: 2019-02-08
nagrano: Recorded May 29th-31st 2018 by Kristian “Kole” Thomsen at Frostbox Studios, Copenhagen
Additional recordings September 24th-30th 2018 by Petter Eldh, Galatea Studios, Berlin

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