Martin Urbach: I Broke The Jazz


I Broke The Jazz


Martin Urbach (drums, percussion)


Free Will (Self-released)

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Martin Urbach (drums, percussion),

Scott Bourgeois (alto and soprano saxes), Tim Collins (vibes), Brian Seeger (acoustic and electric guitars), Pascal Niggenkemper (bass)


Composed by Martin Urbach


Recorded: New York; released 2008


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

OK, so maybe they didn't actually break the jazz (the official line is that Peter Brotzmann broke it), but Martin Urbach's group does at least show it a little disrespect. Particularly fun are the start-&-stop segments in the tune's early sections. With Tim Collins on vibes, the feel is not unlike the Frank Zappa years with Ed Mann at percussion. Collins and leader Urbach shine again mid-song as the duo, along with bassist Pascal Niggenkemper, swing like mad while Collins floats lines in several directions at once. When they return to the main theme, driven by Urbach's short and pointed solo, the band's energy is clearly redoubled. Urbach also gets extra points for a very cool and funny song title. Humor does belong in music!

Reviewer: Mark Saleski


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