Wolfgang Puschnig: Promise




Wolfgang Puschnig (alto sax)


Odem (Emarcy 987078-5)

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Wolfgang Puschnig (alto sax),

Dhafer Youssef (oud), Jatinder Thakur (tabla, percussion)


Composed by Dhafer Youssef


Recorded: Vienna, Austria, November 4, 2004


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Wolfgang Puschnig has always been interested in other musical traditions. Coming himself from Austrian folk music, he's played with the Vienna Art Orchestra and Carla Bley's groups, with the Korean percussion band SamulNori, and with Philadelphia electric bass ace Jamaaladeen Tacuma. So he's perfectly at ease with a Tunisian oud player and an Indian percussionist. The three of them weave a highly hypnotic sonic tapestry on which the alto's modal improvisation soars with majestic beauty. This sounds like a mix between an Indian raga and a slightly off-center sax trio.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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