DAVID KINTZINGER • bass
MICHEL MOOTZ • drums
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.
The second album by Dock In Absolute is further confirmation of the Luxembourg group’s innovative vision of jazz for a trio, with typical traits of be-bop mixed with classical, pop and post-rock elements. The romantic melodism of pianist Jean-Philippe Koch, the fluid lyricism (reminiscent of Steve Swallow) of bassist David Kintziger and percussionist Michel Mootz’s approach to the whole drums as a single musical instrument, give life to an album of intense and often surprising beauty. By now a fixed presence in the CAM JAZZ catalogue and at European festivals, Dock In Absolute give an immediately recognizable tone to an instrumental line-up otherwise mired in banality. This is a group rather than a set of individuals and Unlikely is an album rather than a simple set of tracks. From the heart of Western Europe, this is a work that penetrates the heart of modern music.
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