Monday, November 28, 2011

Paul Fox Collective - Submerging & Emerging (Jazz'n'Arts, 2011)

With ‘Emerging & Submerging’, Luxembourgish drummer and composer Paul Fox presents a wonderfully fresh and dynamic debut. Usually performing in the form of a quintet with sax / guitar front line and rhythm section, the band is occasionally extended to include the wonderful vocalist Stephanie Neigel. Berlin-based saxophonist Mark Ehrlich convinces by his mature presence and sense of style. Guitarist Zacharias Zschenderlein always manages to provide floating sounds and sonic accents while Robert Kesternich on piano and Maurice Kühn on bass endow the ensemble with a finely balanced foundation. The result of this blend is a wonderfully balanced and high-quality European sonic Jazz experience. In his compositions very much inspired by personal experiences Paul Fox values and honours the Jazz tradition, while simultaneously creating a contemporary, updated context for a ‘down-to-earth and honest’ European jazz. Paul Fox studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels and at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Mannheim. He has attended private courses in New York with, inter alia, Kendrick Scott, John Riley, Gregory Hutchinson, and Ari Hoenig, and is currently living in Luxembourg. He is considered one of the most sought-after drummers in the young Benelux jazz scene. Jazz'n'ArtsListen & Download