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John Hollenbeck & Jazz Bigband Graz: Joys & Desires

Horst-Michael Schaffer, John Hollenbeck and Heinrich von Kalnein

First things first: Graz does not rhyme with jazz; it’s the Austrian city that helps to subsidize the Bigband. Coleaders Horst-Michael Schaffer and Heinrich von Kalnein as well as trombonist Ed Neumeister are music-faculty colleagues at Graz University, and they’ve worked frequently with American drummer John Hollenbeck, whose brilliant but elusive mind concocted this brilliant but elusive project.

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