Sebastian Gille : Anthem
Sebastian Gille tenor & soprano saxophone, alto clarinet o Pablo Held piano o Robert Landfermann bass o Jonas Burgwinkel drums
He plays quietly. And in this quiet there is intensity. Saxophonist Sebastian Gille is a master of subtlety, of intimate tones filled with expression. There are many facets to the mastery of this 28 year old German jazz musician. He has been recently lauded by the press as "the most exceptional" jazz musician to come out of his chosen hometown of Hamburg, as well as recorded his debut album under his own name on Pirouet Records in which he listens intently to his inner voice and subsequently brings the absorbing music to light. All of this with the participation of three congenial partners: pianist Pablo Held, bassist Robert Landfermann, and drummer Jonas Burgwinkel. The three have been with Sebastian Gille as a quartet since 2009. The result is exceptional: a stylistically coherent, profoundly beautiful music. Gilles' tenor saxophone - as well as soprano sax and alto clarinet on a few pieces - functions as a narrative voice with an uncanny capability for modulation. It is a voice whose serene tone encompasses an immense intensity, a voice that, as it becomes louder, retains a striking tranquility. In Gille's own words, it is about expression rather than self-assertion, and he goes about this by allowing the music to find its own fascinating identity. Most of the pieces are his compositions. The other pieces, such as Kurt Weill's "Barbara Song" from the "Three Penny Opera", have seldom been interpreted with such a subtle depth. Music - from within.