Deeper Green

Deeper Green

Christof May

Label: Challenge Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917341027
Catalog number: CR 73410
Releasedate: 09-10-15
- 7 hours of freely improvised part acoustic and part electronic jazz music merged into a suite of nearly one hour, combined with poems by Emily Brontë. 

- groovy and ambient through the use of electronic drum loops by drummer Eric Hoeke

- tracks with a wide and ambient sphere take turns with groovy parts in all kinds of measures and energy levels

- featuring Nils Petter Molvaer - trumpet, and Susanne Abbuehl - spoken word  (courtesy of ECM-records) 

- outstanding audio quality due to a.o. the mixing having been performed by Jan Erik Kongshaug, known for his contribution to the legendary ECM sound 
This recording mainly consists of free improvisations by the instrumentalists which were later merged into one big suite of about one hour of music. The only written musical component is the theme of lonely woman by Ornette Coleman. Later on, poems by Emily Brontë, recited by singer Susanne Abbuehl have been recorded an merged into the suite.  

After his first album “Maygus” which appeared as Vol. 20 of the german Jazzthing Next Generation series, which contained quite some free improvisation, Christof May decided to go deeper into this approach of creating music and spend more time recording extemporized material in a studio situation under perfect working conditions.  

For this project, May invited his proven sidemen Florian Zenker, Bob Wijnen and Eric Hoeke together with new bass player Jens Loh and Norwegian trumpet legend Nils Petter Molvær to the Wisseloord studios in Hilversum/ The Netherlands. Seven hours of spontaneously emerged music were recorded along with some written music. Big credits go to drummer/sound wizard Eric Hoeke for his ever surprising loops.  

Inspired by the concept of “spoken word” as the next step, Susanne Abbuehl selected and recorded some poems by Emily Brontë that fitted the overall intense atmosphere of the music.  

In a long and diligent editing process, May, together with co-producer Florian Zenker composed the suite as it is.  The mix was performed by Jan Eric Kongshaug, founder of the well known Rainbow Studio in Oslo and co-creator of the legendary ECM-sound.

The result is this unique publication, “Deeper Green”, combining the ad lib soundtrack of an extraordinary studio gathering and the beautiful language of Emily Brontë with the creative act of forming a one hour journey through very different musical spheres in an outstanding sound quality and design.
Christof May (born 6 April 1970 in Radolfzell, Baden-Württemberg) is a German jazz musician who performs on the clarinet and saxophone.

May studied jazz saxophone with John Ruocco at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague from 1992-1998 and classical clarinet with Ab Vos from 1998-2002. He earned a Master’s Degree in Music there.

From 1995 on, he worked as a sideman with Susanne Abbuehl, Michel Portal, David Liebman, Claudio Puntin, Samuel Rohrer, Florian Zenker, Amina Figarova, Erik Ineke and Trygve Seim. With Abbuehl, May can be heard on the ECM-records productions April and Compass. He toured through Europe, Africa und North America, playing a.o. in Cape Town, Maputo, Montreal, Portland, Oregon, Oslo, Paris, Rome and other European cities. With the Dutch radio orchestra Metropole Orkest, he worked a.o. with Kenny Werner and Bob Malach and recorded CDs with drummer Terry Bozzio, amongst others. In the classical field, he worked with the symphony orchestras of Krefeld-Mönchengladbach, Aachen and Duisburg in Germany.

His debut Maygus was inspired by the music of Miles Davis from the 1970s. The name of the project refers to the 1974 released record Dark Magus.[1] The band’s first CD was released in November 2007 as Vol. 20 of the series “Jazzthing Next Generation”, in a cooperation of German magazine Jazzthing and the jazz label, Double Moon.