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Heart Disc

by Robert Bachner Quintet

Beauty, complexity and a "burning" trombone that will want you listen to this CD over and over again. Modern jazz that matters.
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1. Heart Disc
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2. One of Two
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3. Minor Mood
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4. Moments of Noise
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5. Crucial Qualities
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6. No more doubts
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7. For Gary
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Robert Bachner, trombonist & composer based in Vienna/Austria
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The Robert Bachner Quintet are:
Robert Bachner, trombone & compositions
Christian Maurer, tenor & soprano saxophone
Reinhard Micko, piano
Uli Langthaler, bass
Christian Salfellner, drums

"Austrian low brass expert Robert Bachner is best known for his contributions to Matthias Ruegg's Vienna Art Orchestra, the similarly inclined (but less well-known) Upper Austrian Jazz Orchestra, and bassist Achim Tang's quintet. In each of these settings, the consistent and inspired excellence of Bachner's trombone and euphonium improvisations have clearly marked him as a player to watch on the European jazz scene. (...)
Heart Disc demonstrates that Euro-jazz can cook with all the fire of, say, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers or Horace Silver's late '50s/early '60s quintets, while employing the sort of harmonic language that typifies the post-free output of European based jazz labels such as ECM and Soul Note/Black Saint during the '70s and '80s. The gutsy-yet-cerebral sound of Bachner's quintet - dominated by Christian Salfellner's superb drumming and a very fat front line of trombone and Christian Maurer's saxophones - is rather reminiscent of some of Dave Holland's recent quintet projects, albeit with piano instead of vibes.
The seven original compositions that comprise Heart Disc run the gamut from genial, yet hard-charging modern jazz ("Heart Disc," "Moments of Noise," "No More Doubts") through pensive balladry ("One of Two," "Crucial Qualities") to ECM-ish impressionism ("For Gary"), and the sort of raucous stuff that peers over the edge without entirely disappearing into the chasm ("Minor Mood"). On every track, the ensemble digs in deeply, playing with unrelenting fire and urgency.
Bachner's playing is as cogent as his writing - his affable trombone sound combines the expressionistic bluster of, say, Roswell Rudd and Gary Valente with the limber precision of Glenn Ferris, J. J. Johnson and Julian Priester. Drummer Salfellner has worked with Bachner in Achim Tang's group - and the flexible, swinging beauty of his playing here is a large part of this disc's success. (...) Heart Disc is a varied and engaging debut CD-Bachner remains a player to watch."
Dave Wayne,

"Trombonist Robert Bachner may not be a commonly known name among jazz fans in the United States. With his debut CD, Heart Disc, American jazz fans now have the opportunity to hear Bachner's music without needing to travel to his native Austria. While jazz may have developed in the United States, the Robert Bachner Quintet proves that Europeans can play it just as well as any in the states.
In addition to Bachner's very compelling trombone playing and composing the sidemen all deserve mention as important contributors to this project. Christian Maurer (saxophones), Reinhard Micko (piano), Uli Langthaler (bass), and Christian Salfellner (drums) play very expressively and interact extraordinarily well with each other on this project.
Describing Bachner's playing and composing on this album is difficult without making comparisons that do Bachner's originality an injustice. His fondness for his former teacher's playing, Conrad Herwig, is evident, as are traces of Frank Rosolino and Albert Mangelsdorff. The performance format sounds similar to recordings made in the 1960s by Miles Davis or Art Blakey. Fans of any of those musicians will surely find this album enjoyable. In spite of those apparent influences the Robert Bachner Quintet shows an originality that is more than just the sum of their parts.
Heart Disc has too many great moments to mention them all, but among them Minor Mood stands out for the composition as well as solos by Bachner and Christian Maurer on soprano sax. On Moments of Noise Bachner displays his abilities to improvise at a very quick tempo while not letting technique get in the way of telling a story. This track also features a virtuosic solo by pianist Reinhard Micko. Each track on this album is unique in mood and are all consistently well performed. (...) If this album receives the attention it deserves we can hopefully soon hear a follow up CD."
David M. Wilken, OT Journal february 2005

"... Bachner's full-bodied tone and engaging technical skills portend an exciting new voice on the jazz trombone who deserves a wider audience."
Steven Loewy, All Music Guide

"... I was particularly impressed by Bachner's trombone, warm and full-toned; his technique, range and blend were breathtaking."
Bob Bragonier,



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Paul Compton, ITA Journal October 2005

Original music played with passion and conviction.
Some of today´s most exciting and innovative jazz trombone playing is coming from Europe, and Austrian trombonist is proving that. In addition to leading his own quintet, Bachner has earned strong reviews for his work with ensembles such as the Vienna Art Orchestra, the Upper Austrian Jazz Orchestra, and the Concert Jazz Orchestra Vienna. He is also an accomplished composer and several leading European ensembles have recorded his music.
HEART DISC is Bachner´s first CD as a leader. His trombone playing reveals a variety of influences - hints of Fred Wesley, Ray Anderson, Conrad Herwig, Bob Brookmeyer, and Urbie Green are clearly audible. Nevertheless, Bachner has succeeded in developing his own unique voice. His sound is robust, extroverted, and soulful, and utilizes a broad palette of tonal colors. His playing grabs your attention and does not let go.
The quintet plays with remarkable communication, energy, and time, and seems strongly influenced by the freedom and expression that defined John Coltrane´s groups of the 1960s. Simply put, everything feels right, largely due to Christian Salfellner´s excellent drumming. This is particularly true on the title track, Moments of Noise, and No More Doubts, in which Salfellner´s perfect groove takes Bachner and Maurer to their most inspired solos. The ensemble´s greatest textural, harmonic, and rhythmic exploration takes place on Minor Mood and For Gary. One of Two and Crucial Qualities are more reflective and subtle, and make for a nice total musical package.
Robert Bachner is a major jazz trombone talent deserving greater attention. If you are looking for a CD of straight-ahead standards, HEART DISC is not for you, but get your copy today if you enjoy original music played with passion and conviction.

Jeff Albert

The music is often fiery and aggressive, and it swings. It is well crafted music
I first read about Robert Bachner’s CD Heart Disc about a year ago, I guess. It caught my attention because he was mentioned as a member of the Vienna Art Orchestra. I wasn’t really familiar with Bachner’s name, but the one VAO disc I had at the time was one of my favorite large ensemble discs. I made a mental note that I should pick up Bachner’s CD. A few months ago, I actually noted my intention to buy the disc on a computer desktop stickie note (along with a reminder about a novel I wanted to buy, and a note to call my insurance adjuster).

Well, last week, while on a CD Baby surf fest, I finally ordered it. I’m glad I did, it is a great CD. The compositions are all by Bachner. He is joined by Christian Maurer on tenor and soprano saxes, Reinhard Micko on piano, Uli Langthaler on bass, and Christian Salfellner on drums. The music is often fiery and aggressive, and it swings. It is well crafted music that seems familiar on the first listen.

Bachner’s trombone playing is marvelous. He expresses himself confidently in every tempo, and we never hear any deficit of chops, yet he doesn’t play anything simply because he can. His range and facility are used to very musical ends. He takes full advantage of the trombone’s more aggressive and raucous capabilities (check out the title track) , lets the beauty and sensitivity flow when needed, like on “For Gary,” and always maintains his spark and urgency. The rest of the quintet matches Bachner’s musicality and spirit.