New CD: There is only make. (Traumton Records), Release 11/2017
Founded in 2009 and divided equally between Berlin and New York since 2012, the Lisbeth Quartet was awarded a Jazz-Echo as newcomer of the year for its second CD Constant Travellers. The follow-up Framed Frequencies (Jan 2014) was also highly acclaimed internationally and the following live-album documents the bandâ€™s joy of playing and improvising on stage.
October 27th, 2017 is the release of There Is Only Make. â€œThe new album was developed more from a band process than our earlier studio productions. Before we recorded, we carried the pieces with us for a longer time and performed them in many concerts together,â€ bandleader Charlotte Greve says. She compares the process to that of a painter, who develops the details and depth of his picture bit by bit. The result is multi-faceted pieces that oscillate between quiet passages and vigorous intensification. Melodic lines and clear forms, subtle interplay and a modern approach demonstrate creative drive and strength of character. Greveâ€™s profound, partly lyrical compositions are timeless in the best sense and unite depth, unobtrusive lightness and long arcs of suspense.
Of course Charlotte Greveâ€™s alto saxophone is at the center of attention. Her vibrant, floating saxophone tone and the sometimes clear, sometimes convoluted modulations are supported by her prominent partners. Marc Muellbauerâ€™s distinguished bass lines are more than just a foundation, pianist Manuel Schmiedel creates imaginative panoramas and solos and Moritz BaumgÃ¤rtnerâ€™s unconventional, sonorous and dynamic drumming fuels rhythmic finesse. All of this together develops the intimate and genuine sound of the Lisbeth Quartet.
â€œFour Virtuosos avoid the predictable and understand each other blindly.â€ Stereoplay, audiophile highlight of the month
â€œWhen Charlotte Greve puts her alto into position, she gets the right intonation immediately. The sound is powerful, but not dominant, smooth and on alert likewise.â€
â€žA quartet of international standingâ€œ
Oliver Hochkeppel, SÃ¼ddeutsche Zeitung
â€œNothing in this music is predictable. Charlotte Greveâ€™s Lisbeth Quartet demonstrates a piece of highly mature Jazz.â€
DIE ZEIT #44, Stefan Hentz
With great calmness, these four musicians embark on a promising expedition, of which the results in the future will surely be worth waiting for. â€“ RONDO, Josef Engels
Moments of mesmerizing energy, with intensity and intimacy that one would hardly expect from such young virtuosi. â€“ Jazzthing
Charlotte Greve, Manuel Schmiedel, Marc Muellbauer und Moritz Baumgartner interact with organic intelligence, cool aplomb, and cunning savvy. â€“ Jazzpodium, Tobias Bocker
The quartet doesnâ€™t define itself by means of juvenile Sturm und Drang. More so, in their improvisations, they focus and define themselves through melodious details. â€“ FAZ
Foto 1 & 2: Â© Annika Nagel