Release: April 7, 2023
Continuing a two-decade relationship with American sax great Greg Osby, and igniting a new one with Dutch hammond organist Arno Krijger, Swiss drummer Florian Arbenz announced the launch of his upcoming album ‘Targeted’ for April 7th on Hammer Recordings.
Clearly a musician who is content to sit still, Arbenz nears the end of his ambitious plan to record twelve albums with 12 drastically different ensembles, with this 9th installment of the ‘Conversation’ series.
Having developed a habit of collaborating with old friends and childhood heroes throughout his past several releases, ‘Targeted’ is no different.
The record sees Arbenz play alongside the great American Saxophonist Greg Osby, whose illustrious career has seen him perform alongside Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack DeJohnette, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Jim Hall, Chick Corea, and The Grateful Dead to name a few.
“I remember exactly when I heard Greg Osby playing for the first time: it was back in May 1991 when, aged 15, I used to listen to the Swiss radio jazz show and record them on tape due to the lack of money… The playing was so exciting and I immediately knew then that this was the kind of music I wanted to play myself. “
With a duo record already under their belt, Arbenz and Osby sought a third voice to join their ensemble, and what better instrument to complement their playing styles than the sound of the Hammond Organ which Osby was raised on in St. Louis.
A coming together of three highly skilled improvisers who, in their own ways, strive to continue the jazz tradition, the record showcases a careful selection of three original compositions alongside three jazz standards: Seven Steps to Heaven, Freedom Jazz Dance and I Loves You Porgy.
What is arguably most striking are the levels of energy and ferocity they throw at each piece, pushing each other to their limits with their virtuosic solos.
Extended passages of peace and space serve as a welcome musical palette cleanser, combining lyrical saxophone melodies, calming metallic percussion timbres and the ethereal sound of Arno Krijger’s organ.
Greg Osby | Alto, Tenor Saxophone
Arno Krijger | Hammond Organ
Florian Arbenz | Drums, Percussion
Freedom Jazz Dance
Seven Steps To Heaven
I Loves You Porgy
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