Cristian Soleanu Quartet – Fylosofy (raw mix)
"To whom it may concern
The European quartet of the Bucharest based saxophonist Cristian Soleanu contains the members George Dumutriu, electric guitar and sampling, the Italian Mattia Magatelli, contrabass, and the Slovenian Kristijan Kraincan, drums. All the four contribute to the repertory with their own pieces.
As international as the cast is the trend of their music - a style with very lyrical undertows.
The compositions are either modal or influenced by modern harmonic concepts of jazz exponents such as Wayne Shorter. Slow movements prevail but even the fast pieces are marked by Cristian Soleanu's significant melodic sense, "furry" sound quality and clean intonation. There is a tight interaction namely between Soleanu and guitarist Dumitriu who often engage in polyphonic duets and improvised chamber music-like interplays. Dumitriu's use of a moderate reverb and discrete electronic loops and samples add to the dreamy romantic character of the recordings particularly in the improvised soundscape "Pleyades". Spacing is an important feature whereas dense virtuoso moments are rare.
Some pieces like the elegiac "IMY" are almost through-composed. With an uneven rock groove, a leaping twisted theme and a gripping solo by Dumitriu, the piece "One and One" represents the rougher side of the repertory. It is Mattia Magatelli's pizzicato bass which in an unspectacular but meaty way gives roots to these floating performances. Kristijan Krajncan's drum is mostly concerned with a fluent accompaniment but also contributes an expressive solo in "One and One".
“Fylosofy” is a solid accomplishment of a collaborative group and well worth to be released on a CD."
January 11, 2015
Jurg Solothurnmann (*1943) M.A.
musicologist, saxophonist, writer
former music editor of the Swiss national Radio SRF2 Kultur
former lecturer and teacher
Until July 2015 we have to finish the mixing/mastering and final production af the album.
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