Alto, soprano and tenor saxophonist and composer Muriel Grossmann, can be called a real world citizen. She was born in Paris but grew up in Vienna and has lived in Ibiza for more than a decade and a half. She studied classical flute in the Austrian capital from the age of five to the age of twenty-one, and later switched to the saxophone. Muriel is a great admirer and follower of the work of John Coltrane. A few years ago, she also gave a very successful concert in Budapest. We are now presenting two of the artist’s albums. A special feature of these is that in addition to the CD, they are also available on vinyl.
Muriel Grossmann made her “Golden Rule” album with her band, which was founded in 2014 and still works today. The music team is a real international formation, with Serbian Radomir Milojkovic playing guitar, Austrian Gina Schwarz on bass and Serbian Uros Stamenkovic on drums.
The album proves well that Grossmann not only simply listened to Coltrane a lot, but also understood the late musician’s message. — Through her own compositions — the true beauty, honesty and joy of Coltrane’s musical thoughts live on while masterfully displaying her own creative ideas. This album is a rich repository of new ideas, a production of character and special pleasure to the listener’s ears. Grossmann is notoriously a big supporter of the so-called spell game. Accordingly, more than half of the 7 composition repertoire consists of recordings longer than 11 minutes of playing time. Outstanding among them is the nearly 19-minute “Traneing In”. For those who love rich, breathtaking works that encourage the soul to soar freely, this album is a real treat.
Golden Rule conveys meditative calm and ecstatic joy. Grossmann shows what melodies she can bring out of her instrument, playing a lyrical solo that seems like a discreet composition in every bar. The dynamism of the soloists and the telekinetic performance of the quartet accomplish the goal of the album: it evokes a state similar to transcendence from its audience.
Featuring: Muriel Grossmann — soprano and tenor saxophone, Radomir Milojkovic — guitar, Gina Schwarz — double bass, Uros Stamenkovic — drums.
A new musician will also make his debut on Muriel Grossmann’s album “Quiet Earth”. Llorenç Barcelo, who plays the Hammond organ from Mallorca, doesn’t take the place of one of the old musicians, but expands the band.
This plate is shorter in size than usual from Grossmann. Only four songs are on this album with a showtime of about 40 minutes, all of the saxophonist’s own compositions. In a well-traceable way, Grossmann draws a lot of inspiration from John Coltrane in this production as well. Well, for me personally, the music of a saxophone always evokes the most positive emotions. This disc is no exception. “Wien” opening the album is the only one that can be called classical (in the jazz sense). We need to think mainly about the structure of the composition, where after a solo with the saxophonist, Milojkovic’s guitar, then Barcelo’s organ, and finally Grossmann’s saxophone come to the fore again. In the world of thought of the composition, the pulsating, modern Austrian capital appears more than in the time of the imperial Vienna anno Franz Joseph.
The composition “African Call” can also be seen as a kind of reference to the artist’s previous album, “Reverence”. At the very least, it is closely related to the vivid saxophone colors and the varying antecedents of African motifs that give the rhythm section a prominent role. The impression is emerging that African Call just didn’t have a place on that album, but it works well here. The second half of the album seems like a kind of creed. In the form of “Peaceful River” and “Quiet Earth,” Muriel Grossmann’s dreams of how our planet should look (see her wishes on the album notes) appear.
Everyone wants to use their own means to draw attention to the dangers lurking on our planet. The importance of sustainable development. What can a musician do about this? SHe composes music and fills his/her works with such thoughtfulness that it is deeply ingrained in the listener’s memory. Featuring: Muriel Grossmann — soprano alto and tenor saxophone, Radomir Milojkovic — guitar, Gina Schwarz — double bass, Uros Stamenkovic — drums, Llorenç Barcelo — Hammond organ
Mihály Czékus in HangzásVilág Magazin Hungary, Aug/2021
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