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Although she is not a newcomer to the European jazz scene, saxophonist Muriel Grossmann is still rare in Riviera halls. The arrival of her new quartet in Cannes as part of Thursdays Jazz is a great opportunity to discover her music live! A Catalan organist Abel Boquera, a drummer Uros Stamenkovic and a guitarist Radomir Milojkovic both of Yugoslavian origins, she herself is Viennese but lives in Ibiza. There is no need for a bass player, Abel takes care of it on the Hammond pedal board, discreet bass lines that will support the group throughout the set. The saxophonist begins the concert with her soprano, she will alternate regularly with a tenor and more rarely with her alto. The very Coltranian phrasing at the beginning will become either rougher or more cuddly later. From time to time, during the guitar or organ solos, she abandons her saxophones for a few chais of bells or so many other types of percussions that she handles with passion.
Muriel Grossmann signs all the compositions, a repertoire taken from the group’s last two albums (Union and Universal Code). The guitar knows how to make a swing in the chorus, the organist offers us some beautiful flights, always cleverly punctuated by a drummer whose strike, however energetic, never invades the sound space of the quartet. A very nice discovery.
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