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Review by Scott Yanow: Evegy Ring Quartet - Ya Tashus

09-08-2013 Review by Scott Yanow: Evegy Ring Quartet - Ya Tashus

Altoist Evgeny Ring’s Ya Tashus is full of exciting music by four potentially significant young musicians.
         
Four of pianist Richie Beirach’s top students teamed together for this 2010 recording. Actually none of the musicians, who are altoist Evgeny Ring, pianist Sascha Stiehler, bassist Philipp Rohmer and drummer Dominique “Gaga” Ehlert, sound at all like students on this exciting and consistently stirring set, but very much young professionals.
           
Ring wrote all of the songs except for Miles Davis’ “Nardis.” His alto solos are passionate, sometimes hinting a little at Jackie McLean, but are played very much in his own sound and style. The opener, “Ya Tashus,” is a medium-tempo blues that the quartet clearly enjoys turning inside out. The performance swings throughout yet sometimes recalls Charles Mingus in the way it seems to spontaneously go outside before returning to more conventional hard bop, altering the tempo and the mood at surprising moments. A few of the other selections are also burners, but it is perhaps the slow ballads that are most impressive.  “On The Verge” and “Your Promise” are standout ballads that should be explored and adopted by other musicians, if they feel they can top these versions!
           
The rhythm section is excellent, with pianist Stiehler often setting the mood and tempo for the band. The three players are quite tight and react to each other’s ideas immediately.
           
Overall this is a very impressive outing by four musicians who clearly have great futures in jazz.
 
Scott Yanow

 

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