"The Septet celebrates its repertoire with deep emotions...The versions constantly bring the smell of freshly cut wheat to the nose and you can literarily taste the dark, black-brown earth into which those pieces seem to be as rooted as the instrumental artistry of the musicians…"
- Martin Laurentius, Jazzthing
"...mastermind of Austria’s Jazz scene ... Music of Paul Zauner and his Blue Brass Band is fun without being superficial and it makes you swing."
- Salzburger Fenster
"Paul Zauner’s musical strength lies ... in his ability as a bandleader and organizer. Paul Zauner organizes the groove. …pieces have to be orchestrated. And Paul Zauner achieves this with charm, knowledge and engagement."
The US release of “SOIL” by trombonist Paul Zauner's Blue Brass launches a trans-Atlantic collaboration between Chicago-based BLUJAZZ PRODUCTIONS and Austria’s PAO RECORDS. Zauner, PAO’s founder and director, is heard here with the latest incarnation of Blue Brass Connection which he formed in Vienna in 1985 and revived in its current form in 2005.
The spirit of the original bandwhich over the course of two decades included, among other members, such visionary instrumentalists as Malachi Thompson, Stanton Davis, Carter Jefferson, David Murray, Hamiet Bluiett, Jack Walrath, George Adams, Ronnie Burrage, Gary Bartz, Anthony Cox, James Carter, Graham Haynes, John Purcell, Leon Thomas, Idris Muhammad and Oliver Lakeis in full-swing on “SOIL” whose current line-up includes some of the best and the brightest of Austria’s remarkably vibrant jazz scene.
Combining the humor and audacity of Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy with the fervor and commitment of the Jazz Messengers, Zauner’s Blue Brass presents a program here that reflects the breadth and scope of its repertoire, one that mines the classic American song book while paying tribute to various eras in the development of modern jazz and the music’s African roots. Highlights range from rousing arrangements of Abdullah Ibrahim’s “African Marketplace” and Osibisa’s “Vo Ja Jo” to reverant renditions of chestnuts like Johnny Mercer’s “Come Rain Or Come Shine” and Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia On My Mind.”