10.07.2011 / www.jazzreview.com
Lucas Niggli NEW BIG ZOOM
a highly entertaining set of frameworks with great depth and striking fluidity
Consisting of intricate linear phrasings and regimented unison choruses, Niggli's formidable drumming exudes a blossoming outlook. With Nils Wogram's blustery trombone parts and popping notes, this rendition of Big Zoom is augmented by Anne L a Berge's multifaceted flute work. The quintet attains a multidimensional state via structured arrangements, and augments the episodic developments with a keen manner of assembling compositional parts with either blistering solo spots or gradually ascending thematic opuses. Hence, the musicians often reconfigure a given melody line witnessed by Philipp Schaufelberger's hardcore and reconstructive electric guitar phrasings. But the musicians' finely crafted approach offers a captivating balance, including intermittent classical music stylizations and journeys into the free zone.
Niggli's unit intimates a holistic view of disparate styles and musings, wrapped into a comprehensive program. Falling in line with the band's impressive discography, Niggli conveys a hearty presence and is a consummate polyrhythmic drummer, while also dishing out punishing backbeats and colorific cymbals shadings.
Big Zoom continually generates a consortium of interesting proposals. Unlike many other new wave jazz-tinged ensembles, the artists spawn an uncanny mode of combining a highly entertaining set of frameworks with great depth and striking fluidity.
Rating: Four Stars