Monday, August 1, 2016
Instrumental Jazz CD of the Month - "Karolina Strassmayer & Drori Mondlak - Klaro! Of Mystery And Beauty"
Karolina Strassmayer & Drori Mondlak - Klaro: Of Mystery And Beauty" (Lilypad Music) 2016
Rating: ***** (musical performance & sonic quality)
Produced by Karolina Strassmayer & Drori Mondlak
Executive Producer: Beate Sampson
Recorded @ Studio Franken in Nürnberg, Germany on October 6 & 7, 2015, in co-production with Bayerische Rundfunk for BR KLASSIK.
Recording Supervisor & Engineer: Carsten Vollmer
Recording & Editing Technician: Thomas Götz
Mastered by Christoph Stickel
Graphic Design: Jeff Chenault
Photos: Helge Strauss
Featuring: Karolina Strassmayer (alto sax), Drori Mondlak (drums), Rainer Böhm (piano) & John Goldsby (bass)
With their newest recording, "Of Mystery And Beauty," alto saxophonist Karolina Strassmayer and drummer Drori Mondlak continue their creative collaboration that began in New York City in 2000. In their seventh recording together their vision has crystallized into an original and deeply personal sound.
Strassmayer and Mondlak consider this collection of original compositions and solo improvisations to be their most powerful recording to date. Their quartet, KLARO!, fuses the romanticism of European classical and folk music with the rhythmic fire and swing of American jazz and the harmonic sophistication of contemporary improvised music. Pianist Rainer Böhm and bassist John Goldsby complete the group.
“Beauty means different things to different people. But there is a universal truth about it, regardless of taste and aesthetic; beauty has the power to move the heart,” says Karolina Strassmayer.