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Review by Scott Yanow: Bastian Steins Gravity Point - Grounded

15-08-2013 Review by Scott Yanow: Bastian Steins Gravity Point - Grounded

Trumpeter Bastian Stein’s Gravity Point’s Grounded (DMCHR 71086) features a high quality quintet playing original modern hard bop.
          
Stein made his recording debut as a leader on this 2010 release. He has lived in Vienna since he turned five. Along the way, he studied with Ack van Rooyen and Bo Nilsson. He worked with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra during 2003-05 and has played with Joris Dudli, Martin Reiter and the Robert Bachner Big Band in Austria.
           
Grounded features a high quality quintet that includes Christian Kronreif on tenor, bass clarinet and soprano, pianist Philipp Jagschitz, bassist Matthias Pichler and drummer Peter Kronreif. They perform ten group originals including eight by Stein. In addition, Angela Maria Reisinger has two guest vocals.
           
The music on Grounded is modern hard bop that is not afraid to swing hard while looking ahead towards freer explorations. While tied to the tradition, the music is unpredictable, full of surprising twists and turns, and quite original. Stein’s powerful trumpet playing is influenced by Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw but mostly displays his own musical personality. Kronreif’s playing, particularly on tenor, is muscular while the rhythm section is tight and both driving and supportive of the lead voices.
           
Grounded is impressive not only because of its original music and the individual soloists but because Bastian Stein’s Gravity Point displays its own colorful group sound. This CD offers listeners superior examples of today’s modern mainstream jazz.
 
Scott Yanow

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