Dock In Absolute


Cam Jazz CAMJ 7952-5

8052405143853 - Unlikely - CD

Artists :
Dock In Absolute ( Band )
Jean-Philippe Koch ( Piano )
David Kintziger ( Electric Bass )
Michel Mootz ( Drums )
Release date
May 31, 2019

The second album by Luxembourg trio Dock In Absolute offers further confirmation of their genre-shifting approach to trio jazz, with familiar bop elements intermingled with classical, pop and post-rock elements. Pianist Jean-Philippe Koch’s romantic melodism, electric bassist David Kintziger’s flowing lyricism (which is reminiscent of Steve Swallow) and percussionist Michel Mootz’s approach to the whole kit as an integrated musical instrument yields up an album of sustained and often surprising beauty.  Now regulars in the CAM JAZZ catalogue as well as on the European festival circuit, Dock In Absolute bring an immediately recognisable spin to an otherwise well-worn instrumental combination. This is a group, rather than a collection of individuals, and Unlikely is an album rather than a mere collection of themes. From the heart of Western Europe, a record that gets to the heart of modern music. (Brian Morton)

Recorded in Cavalicco in January 2019 at Artesuono Recording Studio
Recording engineer Stefano Amerio

Photos by Elisa Caldana
Cover photo by David Kintziger

Liner notes by Brian Morton



Il piano trio Dock in Absolute nasce in Lussemburgo e costruisce il suo baricentro espressivo ispirandosi alla tradizione della musica europea, tra classicismo e Novecento, zigzagando tra lirismo, virtuosismo, plasticità, eleganza e quell’idea di progressive jazz che sta nutrendo le formazioni più eclettiche del nostro tempo. La scrittura, carica di obbligati e di raffinatissimi impianti armonici e ritmici, esalta le doti espressive del pianista J.P. Koch e al tempo stesso il groove e la potenza dell’impatto sonoro del trio.

2/12/2019JazzitLuciano Vanni
Dock In Absolute Unlikely

A quirky name, an unusual home base and an aesthetic centered on deep melodicism are all factors that make Dock In Absolute an intriguing band. On its sophomore album, Unlikely, the Luxembourg-based trio—Jean-Philippe Koch (piano), David Kintziger (electric bass) and Michel Mootz (drums)—walks the tightrope between high drama and attention-seeking bombast without ever slipping into the faulty side of that divide. The all-original program here includes eight Koch compositions, one by Kintziger and another that the pianist and bassist wrote together. Fond of quicksilver tempo shifts and sonic dynamism, bandleader Koch helps the material lope, sprint and morph gracefully, but avoids the pitfalls of flabbiness and excess. “Night Train To Lipetsk” barrels along in muscular fashion, building drama, segueing into a section in which Kintziger’s authoritative bass subtly slides to the forefront, then shifts into a solo piano segment before snapping back into a full-band flurry, spiked with Mootz’s skittering cymbal work. The longest tune—the gorgeous, seven-minute “Floating Memories”—features some of Koch’s best work, as he delivers an arresting, memorable melody and later provides pithy, upper-register coloration. Somewhat like British trio GoGo Penguin and pianist Hiromi’s trio, Dock In Absolute is fueled by drum patterns that owe more to rock than jazz, resulting in songs like “Borderline” and “No Plan B” that seem destined to resonate with festival audiences. The outliers in the Unlikely program are “Drawing Light”—Kintziger’s captivating solo bass tune—and the closer, “Tangle Borders,” a layered track that incorporates touches of dissonance in the form of a recording that sounds a bit like a police dispatcher’s radio transmission. The band’s democratic interplay will be showcased on stages around the globe in 2019, with gigs at the Jazz in Daegu Festival (Aug. 18, in South Korea), the Odessa Jazz Festival (Sept. 22, in Ukraine) and the Kolkata Jazz Festival (Dec. 1, in India). At press time, the band only had one U.S. date scheduled: Aug. 10 at the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest in California.

2/7/2019downbeat.comBobby Reed
Trio für Unwahrscheinliches

Von null auf 60: Dock In Absolute reisen mit neuen Album zu anderen Musikkulturen
Die aus Luxemburg und Belgien stammenden Musiker Jean-Philippe Koch, David Kintziger und Michel Mootz verbinden als dock In Absolute Klassik, Rock und Jazz. Mit dem zweiten Album „Unlikely“ entwickelt sich das Trio weiter. Pianist Jean-Philippe Koch erklärt, warum das Trio auch mit einem vierten Mann funktioniert und sie ihre Konzerte in Asien als besonders energiegeladen erleben. (for the complete review see Luxemburger Wort)

12/6/2019Luxemburger WortSophia Schülke
Dock In Absolute Unlikely

Das Trio, bestehend aus Musikern aus Luxemburg und Belgien, mit dem Pianisten Jean-Philippe Koch, David Kintziger, Bass und Michel Mootz, Schlagzeug, folgt, wie sonst kaum ein Trio, dem musikalischen Vorbild des E.S.T. Das klingt jetzt sehr rasch und einfallslos dahingeschrieben, trifft die Fakten aber ganz gut. Dabei ist dieser Satz ja nicht als Plagiatsworwurf zu lesen, sondern soll die Bewunderung für das Trio ausdrücken, das eine absolut attraktive Mixtur aus Pop-Jazz-Rock zu Tonträger gebracht hat. Jedes einzelne Stück, es sind derer insgesamt zehn, bleibt einem im Gedächtnis, das hat schon länger niemand mehr geschafft. Der Jazz Piano Trio Sound ist eben noch lange nicht am Ende, überhaupt wenn man einen eigenen, unverwechselbaren Sound erzeugt, der zwar nahe an jenem eines anderen Klavier Trios sein mag, das für Furore sorgte, sich aber dann dennoch unterscheidet. Dock In Absolute wird man sich merken müssen, mit ihren Melodien, die ins Ohr gehen, die weder flach noch allzu plakativ poplastig daherkommen. Jazz darf tanzbar, leicht hörbar, auch mal ganz einfach schön sein, ohne dass man dabei die Nase zu rümpfen beginnt. Beim Dock In Absolute Trio ist das der Fall, Bravo, das ist gut so.

Dock in Absolute: “Unlikely”

Il trio lussemburghese Dock In Absolute torna a incidere per la CAM Jazz del produttore Ermanno Basso, a due anni di distanza dall’omonimo disco d’esordio. Anche in “Unlikely” il trio fa leva sulla penetrante forza espressiva del pianista Jean-Philippe Koch, il quale disegna linee melodiche cantabili, velatamente malinconiche, chiaroscurali e in alcuni casi confidenziali, come in Ellipse. Non mancano passaggi dal deciso piglio ritmico, nei quali anche il basso elettrico di David Kintziger e la batteria di Michel Mootz trovano motivi di risalto, soprattutto nei brani “angolari”, dove avvengono cambi di direzione formale, come in Night Train To Lipetsk.

1/6/2019strategieoblique.blogspot.comRoberto Paviglianiti