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Uneasy Dreams

by Christian Artmann

New York debut album of jazz flute player and composer Christian Artmann, featuring Jeff Hirshfield, Johannes Weidenmueller, Rubens Salles, Elena McEntire and Luiz Claudio. Contemporary jazz with flavors from Europe, Brazil and Africa.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Foreboding
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2. Next Steps
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3. Kafka
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4. Pan(ic)
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5. Dark Slate Blue
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6. Nymph
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7. Bebê-Vale da Ribeira
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8. Uneasy Dreams
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9. On a Sentimental Flute
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10. Steps Beyond
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11. Ária de Opereta
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12. Easy Dreams
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Uneasy Dreams is the New York debut album of jazz flute player and composer Christian Artmann. The album features Jeff Hirshfield (drums), Johannes Weidenmueller (bass), Rubens Salles (piano) as well as special guests Elena McEntire (voice) and Luiz Claudio (percussion).

The music is rooted in contemporary jazz, with accents from Europe, Brazil and West Africa. Coltrane-influenced post bop takes turns with cinematic ballads... Ethnic grooves meet meditative explorations... Intricate arrangements alternate with extended jazz solos and collective improv.

Uneasy Dreams is about aspirations and ideas that we pursue while awake, but also about what sneaks up on us under cover of night.


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Laszlo Gardony

Highly Recommended!
Flutist/composer Christian Artmann has recorded a compelling album of original music. Echoes of postbop jazz, modern classical, the avant-garde and Brazilian music all brought together in one realized vision of composition and improvisation. Artmann receives top-notch support from a stellar rhythm section. Johannes Weidenmueller, Jeff Hirshfield and Rubens Salles all sensitively and creatively tune into Artmann’s concept and together they’ve recorded a flowing, inspiring album. Vocalist Elena McEntire’s distinctive, heartfelt singing adds much to the sound of the band and the emotional strength of the music. The unique African inspired “Kafka” features a strikingly beautiful melody and a vibe of living at the border of joy and foreboding doom. The two Artmann pieces which were inspired by jazz classics (“Next Steps” by “Giant Steps”; “On a Sentimental Flute” by “In a Sentimental Mood”) are valid extensions of the ideas the standards originally provide – played with both complexity and ease. The CD also features a creative collaboration between Artmann and Salles on arranging the Hermeto Pascoal composition Bebe - Vale da Ribeira. The opening 58 seconds tune, “Foreboding”, with its haunting harmonies and melody is a perfect way to start a truly original, personal album that conveys relevant thoughts and feelings for our times. I highly recommend it.