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Review by Scott Yanow: David Fettmann Quartet - Prelude

26-07-2013 Review by Scott Yanow: David Fettmann Quartet - Prelude

Altoist David Fettmann’s Prelude (DMCHR 71091) is a stimulating outing of original and fresh post bop jazz with his fine quartet.

David Fettmann is a 35 year old altoist and soprano-saxophonist who is based in Paris. Although he has gained a lot of experience playing with both combos and big bands in Europe, 2010’s Prelude was his recording debut as a leader.
           
Fettmann is joined by his regular quartet on this set, a consistently inventive and inspiring group that includes pianist Sebastian Sternal, bassist Sebastien Maire and drummer Julien Jolly. Performing five of his originals, two by Sternal and Rufus Wainwright’s “This Love Affair,” Fettmann displays an original tone and a forward-looking style.
           
Some of the selections change moods, rhythms and even time signatures while they evolve. The musicians are all very alert to the changes in directions and their familiarity with each other’s playing is obvious in their quick reactions. Fettmann’s passionate alto, a little reminiscent at times of Jackie McLean, sounds comfortable at all tempos, always pushing ahead while still managing to sound relaxed. Sternal also has many worthy solos while Maire and Jolly are excellent, not only in supporting the two soloists but in keeping the music stimulating.
           
While it is surprising that David Fettmann waited some time before recording his first CD as a leader, the wait was worth it. Prelude has many bright moments.
 
Scott Yanow

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