Dock In Absolute is a stellar trio from Luxembourg and Belgium comprised of Jean-Philippe Koch on piano, David Kintziger on bass and Michel Mootz on drums, young musicians who breathed new life into the music scene and having studied at the Berklee College of Music Boston, Codarts University of Arts Rotterdam, Hochschule für Musik Saarbrücken and the Royal Conservatoire of Liège. With a shared love of jazz, they combine different styles of progressive Jazz, classical and rock, playing the pianist’s own compositions and co-created their unique jazz style in 2012. Its music is sparkling, varying, forceful, pressing, rich in twists and turns in mood: from lyrical to unrestrainable, from wild to graceful, from virtuosic and crystalline to assertive and dramatic, from subdued to airy and demonstrative. It can be charged-up one moment and calm the next, then take off again to reach vibrant sounds. An endless variety of melodic cells, often with a hypnotic pattern, alternating against a flamboyant, bright sonic background with unfaltering dynamics, never a half-way approach from this trio. Dock In Absolute proves that Jazz has myriads of stories to tell: thus, it should be allowed free rein.
"Names are important, a branch of magic, powerful juju. Dock In Absolute is a splendid name for a group. It promises something rugged and certain, and who the hell cares exactly what it means? There are times when a certain tentativeness is valued in jazz, as if musing half-consciously over a keyboard, drum set or bass is valuable in itself. What’s immediately striking about the music that comes out of this trio is how formidably certain it is...
Dock In Absolute don’t do standards as a rule, and certainly not here. This is an album packed with fascinating composition as well as terrific playing. ...You may not have heard them before, but you’ll know them from the first minute of the first track, and every time you hear them thereafter. For this is a band with real identity and the collective personality that Bill Evans always thought was the essence of (and an absolute necessity for) a working group". (Brian Morton)
No plan B
Night train to Lipetsk
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