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Motion Unfolding

Motion Unfolding

Tam De Villiers feat. David Linx

Label: Double Moon Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917109924
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Catalog number: DMCHR 71099
Releasedate: 30-09-11
Whoever yearns for adventures should delve deeply into this music, listen to it many times and perhaps discover a completely new, separate cosmos.
  • Worth to discover: young brit jazz guitarist joining forces with Paris´ crème de la crème-musicians
  • David Prez is among the most acclaimed tenor-players of Europe
  • Guest star David Linx´s voice is well known and fits perfectly to Tam de Villier´s music
Complex simplicity: when something like that happens in music, it can really challenge a listener. He immediately recognizes clear structures, only to have them broken and put into question shortly thereafter. Such is the case in "Motion Unfolding", the new album by the Tam de Villiers 4tet. This music requires focused attention. Then the idea is suddenly revealed, becomes an entry – at first only a crevice, then increasingly wider – and opens into de Villiers' world.  
The melodic and grooving elements continually change their dimensions in the same way as the complex and dense portraits in sound, similar to a lava lamp on adrenalin. The result is somehow jazz and sometimes progressive rock too. And sometimes it is something that floats and drives and irritates. It is so irritating that it finally defies any reasonable categorizing in the end. You simply cannot brush aside this music. Whoever yearns for adventures should delve deeply into this music, listen to it many times and perhaps discover a completely new, separate cosmos.  
The quartet is entering the fifth year of its existence with the same band members. The musicians have developed such mutual familiarity playing live and in studio during this time that each individual stands out and at the same time is the part of the sum total, the 4tet sound, with equal rights.  

Of course, there is a primus inter pares in the Tam de Villiers 4tet, a fact that the band name makes clear. Tam de Villiers is the composer of the music and lyrics. His lyrics sound so poetic that they even produce an effect without music, or – to put it in a better way – even sound like music. Only someone whose native language is English can write in this way. Tam de Villiers was born in England in 1979 and grew up in South Africa, Scotland and England. He learned to play violin when he was four and took up piano a few years later; he started playing guitar when he was 15. He was awarded a Master's Degree from the Leeds College of Music in 2001. After he moved to Paris in 2003, he studied at the Conservatoire de Montrieul and met teachers and musicians such as Marc Ducret, Stephane Payen and Paul and Fabrizio Cassol. 
No one less than Michael Brecker said about the tenor saxophonist David Prez, "David's playing is fluent and swinging. His sound is... exquisite!" Prez not only completed his music studies at the Conservatoire de Lyon with the highest possible distinction in 2000, he also even received personal congratulations from all members of the examination committee. Then he moved to the USA to continue his studies under David Liebman and Michael Brecker.  
The Conservatoire National Superieure de Musique de Paris was the last college of many, at which Bruno Schorp studied contrabass and composition. He enjoyed his studies and learned a lot from his teachers Glen Ferris, Daniel Humair and Ricardo Del Fra. In the meantime, he teaches at various conservatories and has been a sideman much in demand in Parisian jazz clubs for quite some time.   Drummer Karl Jannuska was born in Canada where he learned his trade. He has been living in Paris since 2001 and passes on his skill to young people at several conservatories. With his drum art, he has already played alongside of Randy Brecker, Brad Mehldau, Dave Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Jackie Terrasson, Sheila Jordan and even Louie Bellson (just to name a few).    
Guest singer David Linx, a Belgium jazz and chanson singer who lives in France, whose last album (a double CD, which he recorded in duet with Maria Joao) of a total of 17 was issued in 2011, refines two tracks with his striking voice.