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Moments of Noise

by Robert Bachner Big Band

A perfect blend of cutting-edge originality and respect for the jazz tradition.
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1. Heart Disc
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2. Brasstime
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3. Movement Two
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4. The Way You Look Tonight
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5. So Rare
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6. Moments of Noise
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7. Afternoon in Paris
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8. One More Time
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9. Lullaby of Broadway
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Robert Bachner Big Band "Moments of Noise"
ATS Records CD 0616, released Dec. 2006
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Robert Bachner, leader, conductor & trombone; Karin Bachner, vocals;
Saxophones: Gerald Preinfalk, Andi See, Christian Maurer, Ilse Riedler, Thomas Kugi; Trumpets: Aneel Soomary, Jörg Engels, Daniel Nösig, Barny Girlinger; Trombones: Martin Ptak, Mario Vavti, Bernhard Karoh, Charly Wagner; Rhythm Section: Adrian Reiter (guit), Robert Schönherr (p), Gina Schwarz (b), Klemens Marktl (dr)

Liner Notes by Paul Compton

It is my absolute pleasure to provide an introduction to Moments of Noise, the debut recording of the Robert Bachner Big Band. I have grown to know Robert over the last few years in the most pure way possible—entirely through his music. When I first listened to his debut quintet CD, Heart Disc, I had never met him, and I had never heard him play. Everything was brand new to me, and I became an instant fan! Robert’s trombone playing and writing captured my attention immediately, and when the disc was done, I wanted to hear more. It is clear I am not the only one, as both Heart Disc and its follow-up Travelling Hard, have received considerable attention. The quality of Robert’s artistry was firmly acknowledged when Travelling Hard earned the Austrian Hans Koller Prize for best Jazz CD of 2006.

Moments of Noise has all the same qualities I loved about Robert’s previous recordings. There is incredible energy, communication, excitement, variety and originality. Every section in the band is balanced and tight, and there are plenty of excellent soloists. Robert has assembled an impressive collection of players, each performing with tremendous nuance, soul and attention to detail. This band is as convincing as any I have ever heard. It is obvious the band loves playing Robert’s music, as every note is played with absolute heart and respect. Everything about this recording is sincere and real, and that makes it an absolute enjoyable listening experience.

Although Robert plays some excellent trombone solos on this recording, particularly on the Way You Look Tonight, which demonstrates both beautiful lyrical playing and burning double time, this is primarily a showcase for his composing and arranging. Robert has a natural sense for orchestration and melody, and an adventurous harmonic palette. His arrangements of standards have so much personality that these old favorites become new again, and his original compositions are truly his own. Although it is really difficult to pick favorites, I would have to say that the grooving Movement Two and hauntingly beautiful So Rare are at the top of my list.

The Robert Bachner Big Band has arrived! Moments of Noise is a perfect blend of cutting-edge originality and respect for tradition. I applaud Robert for his dedication and vision, and I can’t wait to hear what is next. He truly is an artist, taking on the great responsibility of being a bandleader, composer, performer and creator. Robert is creating new music and new opportunities, and the impact is tremendous. I hope everyone enjoys this CD as much as I do. Congratulations Robert!

Paul Compton
Assistant Professor of Trombone
Oklahoma State University



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Bachner has assembled a world-class ensemble...
As the title suggests, there are Moments of Noise on Austrian trombonist Robert Bachner’s debut album as leader of his own big band, but they are always purposeful, never arbitrary, and are staunchly tempered by moments of beauty, awareness and sensitivity. And as noise is one of the requisite components of any big band, neither are they ever unsuitable. To the contrary, Bachner, a talented composer and arranger, makes certain that whatever “noise” his ensemble produces is an integral part of a more aesthetically rewarding musical landscape.

Indeed, the theme from which the album takes its name, written as a quintet piece in 1994 as a part of Bachner’s graduation exam at the Bruckner Konservatorium in Linz, is powerful but never strident, an explosive modal chart reminiscent of Coltrane’s “Moment’s Notice” with a swinging middle section more akin to Basie than Mingus or Gil Evans, encompassing robust solos by pianist Robert Schönherr and soprano saxophonist Christian Maurer. Bachner’s other arrangements are equally engaging, as are those by Martin Reiter (“Heart Disc”) and Helmar Hill (“One More Time”). The more familiar among them are Jerome Kern’s “The Way You Look Tonight”—an outstanding chart featuring thermal solos by Bachner and baritone Thomas Kugi—and John Lewis’ melodious “Afternoon in Paris,” impressively enlivened by trumpeter Daniel Nösig and alto Gerald Preinfalk.

The fast-moving “Heart Disc” showcases Preinfalk on alto with Nösig, while “One More Time,” an irrepressible groover, embodies persuasive solos by tenor Ilse Riedler, trombonist Martin Ptak and trumpeter Jörg Engels. Tenor Christian Maurer and alto Andreas See are front and center on Bachner’s luminous “Movement Two,” Bachner and guitarist Adrian Reiter on the lone ballad, the charming albeit oddly named “Brasstime” (written for an Austrian group called Pro Brass). The album’s “bonus track,” Al Dubin/Harry Warren’s venerable “Lullaby of Broadway,” is also its only vocal, nicely sung by Karin Bachner. The rhythm section (Schönherr, Reiter, bassist Gina Schwarz, drummer Klemens Marktl) is presistently sharp and enthusiastic.
Even in Austria, it would seem, big band jazz is alive and well. Bachner, who never thought he’d be leading a big band, has assembled a world-class ensemble, and his compositions and arrangements are as admirable as any you’re likely to hear. This superb debut fairly shouts for an encore.