Hans Glawischnig: Jahira

[28 February 2012]

By John Garratt

PopMatters Associate Music Editor

Jazz bassists usually have two instruments of choice: the electric bass guitar or the acoustic upright. You don’t see acoustic bass guitars very often in any setting, let alone jazz ensembles. For Hans Glawischnig, the switch to the acoustic bass has been something of a revelation for his writing and performance skills, hatching an unassumingly bright album, Jahira that retains melodic ease while the organic elements steadily breathe in and out.

Saxophonist Samir Zarif, despite being the lead instrumentalist here, treads lightly around the proceedings. Drummer Eric Doob abides by these group dynamics, unobtrusively guiding the trio through the songs. Jahira may appear to be an average, run-of-the-mill jazz trio album, but it’s not. Glawishnig and Zarif’s originals are just as compelling and convincing as the Sam Rivers and Sonny Rollins covers, especially “Crow Point”, something that teeters on Crimson-esque prog for over seven minutes. The more I listen, the stronger the recommendation comes.

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