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Christof May

Deeper Green

  • Type CD
  • Label Challenge Records
  • UPC 0608917341027
  • Catalog number CR 73410
  • Release date 09 October 2015
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About the album

This recording mainly consists of free improvisations by the instrumentalists which were later merged into one big suite of about one hour of music. The only written musical component is the theme of lonely woman by Ornette Coleman. Later on, poems by Emily Brontë, recited by singer Susanne Abbuehl have been recorded an merged into the suite.  

After his first album “Maygus” which appeared as Vol. 20 of the german Jazzthing Next Generation series, which contained quite some free improvisation, Christof May decided to go deeper into this approach of creating music and spend more time recording extemporized material in a studio situation under perfect working conditions.  

For this project, May invited his proven sidemen Florian Zenker, Bob Wijnen and Eric Hoeke together with new bass player Jens Loh and Norwegian trumpet legend Nils Petter Molvær to the Wisseloord studios in Hilversum/ The Netherlands. Seven hours of spontaneously emerged music were recorded along with some written music. Big credits go to drummer/sound wizard Eric Hoeke for his ever surprising loops.  

Inspired by the concept of “spoken word” as the next step, Susanne Abbuehl selected and recorded some poems by Emily Brontë that fitted the overall intense atmosphere of the music.  

In a long and diligent editing process, May, together with co-producer Florian Zenker composed the suite as it is.  The mix was performed by Jan Eric Kongshaug, founder of the well known Rainbow Studio in Oslo and co-creator of the legendary ECM-sound.

The result is this unique publication, “Deeper Green”, combining the ad lib soundtrack of an extraordinary studio gathering and the beautiful language of Emily Brontë with the creative act of forming a one hour journey through very different musical spheres in an outstanding sound quality and design.

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