Monday, November 28, 2011

CD of the Week - "Sebastian Gille: Anthem"

CD of the Week
Sebastian Gille: "Anthem" (Pirouet) 2011

**** (musical performance & sonic quality)

Recorded (June 28, 2011), Mixed (Otctober 6, 2011) & Produced by Jason Seizer @ Pirouet Studios, Munich
Mastered by Christoph Stickel @ MSM-Studios, Munich
Cover Design & Photography: Konstantin Kern
Featuring: Sebastian Gille (tenor & soprano saxophones, alto clarinet), Pablo Held (acoustic piano), Robert Landfermann (acoustic bass) & Jonas Burgwinkel (drums)

Sebastian Gille, is a saxophonist of exceptionally fine musicality, a jazz musician whose music has stylistic coherence, highly cultivated intensity, and absorbing tonal beauty. "Anthem," his debut album as a leader, is a session that is searching for the sounds that come from deep within, and that is what makes this music exceptional. Highlights: Kurt Weil's "Barbara-Song" and the sublime ballad "You Won't Forget Me" (F. Speilman-K. Goell), popularized by Shirley Horn.

Gille was born February 1st, 1983 in Quedlinburg, Germany, and comes from a musical family. At the age of 14 Sebastian Gille began to play saxophone, and discovered the music of Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter. At 19 he won the "Yamaha Sax Contest", and began to study with alto saxophone giant Phil Woods. A little later he became a member of the German National Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Peter Herbolzheimer. In 2004 the 21-year-old moved to Hamburg to study at the Conservatory for Music and Theater. In 2009 Gilles formed his own quartet with Pablo Held, Robert Landfermann and Jonas Burgwinkel, which finally debuts on Pirouet Records through this intriguing "Anthem."

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