At the end of the '80s, as here on his debut recording, Christof Lauer was still deeply influenced by Michael Brecker. It is felt both in his tone and his phrasing throughout the 2-minute unaccompanied intro that begins this tune. But he is supported by a trio of seasoned musicians who help bring out Lauer's more personal qualities as an improviser, and contribute to the high level of the performance. Taking a path common to many European tenor virtuosos – one that involved digging into his personal feelings that were by then already budding – Lauer has since blazed his own trail to become one of Europe's major voices on the instrument.
Tags: sweet and sentimental
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