May 13, 2022
On his debut album, Balance, Berlin-based saxophonist Fabian Willmann pairs himself with two long-time friends and mentors to create a consistently fresh sounding and lyrical work. Willmann's clear tone on the tenor saxophone recalls the best eras of a Dexter Gordon or a Stan Getz, or even Wayne Marsh. The rhythmic meshing contributed by bassist Arne Huber and drummer Jeff Ballard is starkly modern. keeping things consistently interesting and moving.
Willmann has been connected to Jeff Ballard since he was a student in Basel. Always captivated by the dynamics that the drummer can unroll, especially in trio situations, he quickly took him up on a standing offer to work together. Arne Huber has partnered up with Willmann within various contexts so it was natural to enroll him in the band. Guest Danish alto saxophonist Asger Nissen adds to the fun when he is called upon to work with Fabian on three tracks.
The album has five Willmann originals, and appears on the new CYH Label. Created by Patrik Zosso and Sarah Chaksad, CYH will release mostly new jazz artists, and we hope to have Sarah on the show soon.
Musical selections from Balance include "Trees, Birds, River, Sky," and the tune Fabian identifies as his favorite on the album, "Intro."