PAUL HUBWEBER – Loverman

Cadence Jazz

You’ve got to admire a trombonist who not only enjoys Frank Zappa and King Crimson – two sources of good vibrations for yours truly since ages ago – but even quotes them in songs and improvisations, or creates a band covering the moustached master’s music (The Yellow Snow Crystals). All of the above is done by that erratic genius called Paul Hubweber who, in Loverman, opens the dances with a version of “Evelyn, A Modified Dog” (from Zappa’s One Size Fits All) and uses riffage directly derived by Robert Fripp’s Les Paul in a track named “Albärtz Lark’s Tongues”. This aside, the eleven pieces comprised by the CD confirm, if there was a need, that Hubweber is one of the most clever improvisers around, sense of humour running parallel with an apparently inextinguishable fantasy. Influences and moods fill up the program, all characterizing the solo flights through the inimitable personality of the German; his way of accompanying the melodic materials with note-doubling strained vocalizations is typical and immediately identifiable. Either by making mincemeat of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, or bewildering the audience with mixtures of late-night jazz club atmospheres, crazy talkativeness (“Scrapple”) and splintered upper partials, the (lover)man holds the reins of an instantaneous creativity tightly enough to avoid sterile freeform degradations. Implicit designs suddenly becoming visible, the ear benefiting from this awkward transparency throughout. When an artist renders difficulties accessible, we’re usually in front of a great. This is a case in point.

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