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Hans Glawischnig: Panorama

Since moving to New York in 1992, the Austrian upright bassist has found a certain musical niche, having recorded and gigged with such Latin-jazz veterans as Bobby Sanabria, Paquito D’Rivera and the late Ray Barretto. But he is also steeped in straightahead, following apprenticeships with Bobby Watson, James Moody and the late Maynard Ferguson.

On his debut as a leader, 2003’s Common Ground (Fresh Sound/New Talent), Glawischnig showcased his considerable chops on an open-ended blowing session. This time out he emphasizes his compositional skills on such intriguing vehicles as “Line Drive” (which shifts seamlessly from 3/4 to 5/4), the beautifully evocative, chamberlike number “The Orchids” (which features Glawischnig’s flawless arco work), the gorgeous ballad “Beneath the Waves,” the uptempo modal burner “Rabbit Race” and the frantic fusion offering “Gypsy Tales,” which is brimming with demanding, angular unison lines executed with uncanny precision by an accomplished quintet.

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