Review of Muriel Grossmann — Reverence
in Jazzpodium, Germany
by Thorsten Meyer, May-June 2020
One step further each time. Ever since Muriel Grossmann discovered drones for herself, she has continued to refine the playing of her quartet. The late Coltrane and the African heritage of jazz were already the milestones on the last record »Golden Rule«. On the successor, the saxophonist turns the polyrhythmic screw a little and turns from John to Alice Coltrane. The multifaceted drones are again coming from guitarist Radomir Milojkovic, double bass player Gina Schwarz and drummer Uros Stampenkovic. The sound spectrum is expanded to include the organ sounds from Llorenç Barceló. Grossmann transfers Count Basie’s credo, the ideal for his band to “sound like one big drum”, to her group and achieves exactly that. Only one of the eight pieces is (even just barely) less than nine minutes. Grossmann immerses with her group into the ecstacy of rhythms and sounds. In contrast to the example of Coltrane, Grossmann’s gesture is similarly meditative, but providing a lot more air for the different events. She lets individual tones stand, does not line up motifs like patterns one after the other, but looks for thematic consistency. No endless garlands, but a lot of melodic inventiveness in the rhythmic maelstrom. If you can and want to, you should consider the excellent vinyl edition by RR Gems: thick vinyl, large, heavy cardboard cover with impulse! Aesthetics. And then this music with its tonal depth and its wide dynamic spectrum. A musical and haptic moment of happiness.