There are so many young talents currently active in jazz (not to mention the middle-aged players and the elder statesmen) that it is very difficult to not only keep up with each of the players but to know who all of them are. The quartet Radar is a case in point. It consists of Timo Vollbrecht on tenor and soprano, pianist-keyboardist Lorenz Kellhuber, bassist Tim Kleinsorge and drummer Moritz Baumgartner, four strong talents who are not that well known outside of Germany. On In Sight, Radar becomes a quintet with the addition of guest tenor-saxophonist Johannes Enders who fits in very well with the group.
Vollbrecht contributed all but two of the eight selections on In Sight. The music is post bop jazz, quite modern, yet often melodic and thoughtful. The musicians are not as interested in breaking down boundaries or playing free improvisations as they are in creating new music within the modern mainstream of jazz. The interplay between the two saxophonists is a consistent joy throughout the set, the rhythm section is tight, and the eight complex compositions are made to sound easier to play than they actually are.
While the playing of Timo Vollbrecht sometimes hints at Wayne Shorter and Michael Brecker as do the compositions, Radar has its own group sound. Its future projects will be worth watching closely.