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Franz Koglmann: Make Believe

Austrian composer and trumpet/flugelhorn master Franz Koglmann has spent his career investigating the space between the Viennese school and the cool school, writing and performing intricately detailed, beautifully arranged chamber-like works marked by a stunning elegance of line that one might expect from a former architect. While still referencing some of those concerns-particularly his pervasive Lennie Tristano influence-his excellent new album, Make Believe, revolves around another aesthetic dichotomy, as these eight tunes, six of which were inspired by Jean Cocteau’s novel Les Enfants Terribles, craft a delicious tension between tightly written ensemble play and texture-rich free jazz. It’s his most open-ended, spontaneous recording in years.

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