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 band’s joy of playing and improvising on stage.
October 27th, 2017 is the release of There Is Only Make. “The 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,” 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. Greve’s profound, partly lyrical compositions are timeless in the best sense and unite depth, unobtrusive lightness and long arcs of suspense.
Of course Charlotte Greve’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 Muellbauer’s distinguished bass lines are more than just a foundation, pianist Manuel Schmiedel creates imaginative panoramas and solos and Moritz Baumgärtner’s unconventional, sonorous and dynamic drumming fuels rhythmic finesse. All of this together develops the intimate and genuine sound of the Lisbeth Quartet.
“Four Virtuosos avoid the predictable and understand each other blindly.” Stereoplay, audiophile highlight of the month
“When 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.”
„A quartet of international standing“
Oliver Hochkeppel, Süddeutsche Zeitung
“Nothing in this music is predictable. Charlotte Greve’s Lisbeth Quartet demonstrates a piece of highly mature Jazz.”
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. – RONDO, Josef Engels
Moments of mesmerizing energy, with intensity and intimacy that one would hardly expect from such young virtuosi. – Jazzthing
Charlotte Greve, Manuel Schmiedel, Marc Muellbauer und Moritz Baumgartner interact with organic intelligence, cool aplomb, and cunning savvy. – Jazzpodium, Tobias Bocker
The quartet doesn’t define itself by means of juvenile Sturm und Drang. More so, in their improvisations, they focus and define themselves through melodious details. – FAZ
Foto 1 & 2: © Annika Nagel