Pianist Markus Gottschlich self-releases his sophomore solo album Of Places Between, an eclectic fusion of Latin rhythms, bop-inspired improvisations, and classical motifs. Produced by Gottschlich, Of Places Between brings together diverse cultures incorporating elements of Latin pop, Indian soul, American bop, and classical music. Toggling between festive moods and tranquil atmospherics, the recording covers an assortment of musical tableaus and harmonic forms that make for a multi-cultured feast.
The recording features the slinky ringlets of violinist Frederico Britos in “Invitation” modulated to complement Gottschlich’s swells of trickling keys supported by the exotic beats of Rajesh Bhandari’s percussive instruments. The nimble movements of Gottschlich’s keys give the track a jovial ambience as the tempo maintains an elevated prance. Christian Bakanic’s accordion sows a succession of contemplative musings along “Sleepless Night” boosted by the whimsical patterns of the keys and contoured by Jose Javier Freire’s drums and Scott Whitney’s bass.
Gottschlich’s keys project a glittery sonorous through “Wehmut” taking the listener along a series of placid soundscapes that bloom into a full bodied melody stirred by the sonic embellishments of the drums and bass pumps. The bongo-tinged beats opening “A Flower is a Lovesome Thing” is cradled in the soft twining riffs of Elon Rubin’s cello which segue into Gottschlich’s jutting keys infusing classical overtones into the number.
The glistening shimmer of Gottschlich’s keys gives “Schubert Impromptu Op. 90 No. 3” a sleek finish embroidering classic motifs along the melodic progressions permeating a dulcet atmosphere peppered in stretches of improvised excerpts. “Sojourner” has a bossa nova flare in the rhythmic movements which channels into the mollifying smoothness of “Lilly” bolstered by the sleek soliloquies of Britos’s violin. The final track “Dark Horses” is an amalgamation of Latin and classical flavors culminating into a vibrant jamboree.
Gottschlich’s fusion of musical styles brings together influences from multiple cultures draped in rippling beats and stoking elegant nuances. A native of Vienna, Austria and currently the Artistic Director for the Miami Jazz Festival, Markus Gottschlich bonds European influences with American elements and Latin rhythms making for a stimulating fusion. He explores the range of the piano keys while intrinsically aware of the music being made around him, absorbing it all and contributing to its landscape.
Markus Gottschlich – piano, Frederico Britos – violin, Jose Javier Freire – drums, Scott Whitney – bass, Christian Bakanic – accordion, Elon Rubin – cello, Rajesh Bhandari – tabla and djembe
Invitation, Sleepless Night, Wehmut, A Flower is a Lovesome Thing, Schubert Impromptu Op. 90 No. 3, Sojourner, Lilly, Dark Horses