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Transylvanian Concert (Live In Târgu Mureș, Romania / 2011)
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Transylvanian Concert marks an ECM debut for Romanian pianist-composer Lucian Ban and a welcome return for American violist Mat Maneri, in his ninth appearance for the label. The album documents a spontaneously organised performance in Targu Mures, in the region where Lucian Ban grew up.
A large, highly-attentive audience follows Ban and Maneri through a programme of their self-penned ballads, blues, hymns and abstract improvisations, plus Mat's chilling solo performance of the spiritual "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen", the whole informed by the twin traditions of jazz and European chamber music. Rain, drumming upon the stained-glass windows of the Culture Palace, offers occasional melancholy commentary. In all, a unique and compelling set.
The now New York-based Lucien Ban first worked with Mat Maneri in the Enesco Re-Imagined project - and it has become a very successful collaboration. Ban says: "I think I first heard him with Paul Motian at the Village Vanguard...what impressed me was that he always knew what to play, when to play and when not to play. Silence is very important to me. Once we started working in Enesco project and then duet and other projects I was always struck by his ability to play the right thing at the right place and make it sound good and unusual at the same time."
Personnel: Lucian Ban (piano), Mat Maneri (viola)
'It's a set of sometimes brooding and rather clandestine music, but it has its own kind of melancholy beauty, and plenty of wayward exuberance, too.' -- The Guardian, (John Fordham), May 17, 2013 * * * *
'It's laced with atmosphere: Ban's reverb-heavy playing combines elements of blues with darker, more menacing themes...the intense but subtle nature of the music is sustained well.' -- Jazz Journal, (John Adcock), October 2013 * * * *
'There's a coming together of many influences on this album, a synthesis if you like of Schoenberg, advanced contemporary classical music, much Ellington and Gershwin-derived jazz, and the hinterland of Ban's beloved Enesco. But the improvisational spirit, beginning at the crossroads of the free jazz revolution and Nicolas Slonimsky's theoretical influence on John Coltrane by the early-1960s, is at the album's core.' -- Marlbank, (Stephen Graham), May 8, 2013 * * * *
'Maneri is a remarkable virtuoso, the internal logic of his lines is captivating...his musical conception seems to sit perfectly with Ban...a lyrical player who can be profound too and that's quite something.' -- Jazzwise, (Stuart Nicholson), August 2013
'The bulk of the duo's concert set consists of Ban pieces specifically tailored to Maneri's sound and approach and its resounding success is a testament to the profound musicality and mutual sensitivity of each man.' -- LondonJazzNews, (Chris Parker), August 6, 2013
'Maneri's deepsounding viola is very nicely set off by Ban's crystal clear but swinging piano...Both thoughtful and freshly conceived it reveals more with each hearing.'--The Northern Echo, (Peter Bevan), May 16, 2013
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the show was great but I might like the album even better
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Downloaded this from Amazon after seeing Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri last weekend at Cornelia Street Cafe... the show was great but I might like the album even better. Recommended!
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