Wolfgang Schluter, Christoph Spendel – Dualism (1982/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 42:48 minutes | 739 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: prestoclassical.co.uk | Front Cover | © MPS
This 1981 recording stars two German jazz virtuosos a generation apart: pianist Christoph Spendel was only 26 at the time; his duo partner, vibraphonist Wolfgang Schlüter, was some 20 years older. Despite the age gap, the two sound more like musical twins than dualistic opposites.
Two German stars in Duo!
A member of the renowned NDR Big Band, Schlüter is also acclaimed for his work with Family of Percussion and James Last, and was named in Downbeat’s prestigious critic’s poll. Known for his work with Jazztrack, Spendel would go on to play with such German greats as Albert Mangelsdorff and Christoff Lauer. With one exception, all the compositions on this album were written by Spendel. Flohmarkt hints of the classics before moving into hard driving jazz and funk. With it 7/4 ballad feel, Quiet Summer Nights imparts a raga-like serenity. Schlüter’s composition Requerdos Del Alhama presents an impression of the Spanish town. Birds At Their Cherry Meal is an up-tempo modal romp with masterful integrated playing on a piece that displays a bit of country, a bit of Jarrett. Backstage Serenade reveals a romantic ballad that makes one wonder what was going on between sets. Donald Duck has Spendel in a fast and furious double-time solo, while Schlüter plays at a more laid-back tempo. Dualism: a sublime musical unity of intent.
01 – Flohmarkt
02 – Quiet Summer Nights
03 – Alhama (Recuerdos de Alhama)
04 – Birds at Their Cherry Meal
05 – Backstage Serenade
06 – Donald Duck
Produced, Engineered & Mixed by Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer.
Recorded on September 20-21, 1981 at MPS-Studio, Villingen, West-Germany.
Christoph Spendel – piano
Wolfgang Schlüter – vibraphone