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Raphaël Benoit
Citizen Jazz

Slovenian Showcase Festival 2017
CD Club, Cankarjev dom

November 5, 2017

On Saturday night, we could find Eve Risser in a completely different project, only in concert this time, entitled Feminized.Science.Deniers. A trio composed of pianist, saxophonist Igor Lumpert and drummer Dré Ho?evar. The group begins by creating an atmosphere suggested by a restrained interpretation, producing notes in a subtle game, almost touched, which seems to seek the limit of silence. The calm before the storm, since a surge of powerful musical phrases will follow, that the three musicians will spread like fire-eaters for a public charmed by so much expressiveness. Eve Risser, constantly immersed in the anatomy of her piano to extract some unlikely sounds, has really marked this festival by two very different but equally significant performances

 

All About Jazz review
By IAN PATTERSON
October 4, 2017

Slovenian Showcase Festival 2017
CD Club, Cankarjev dom

A trio composed of pianist, saxophonist Igor Lumpert and drummer Dré Ho?evar. The group begins by creating an atmosphere suggested by a restrained interpretation, producing notes in a subtle game, almost touched, which seems to seek the limit of silence. The calm before the storm, since a surge of powerful musical phrases will follow, that the three musicians will spread like fire-eaters for a public charmed by so much expressiveness. Eve Risser, constantly immersed in the anatomy of her piano to extract some unlikely sounds, has really marked this festival by two very different but equally significant performances. This curiously titled trio, better known perhaps as saxophonist Igor Lumpert, pianist Eve Risser and drummer Dre Hocevar kicked off day two of the Slovenian Showcase Festival with music that was of all the showcase bands, perhaps closest to the jazz tradition on one level—instrumentation, improvisation— and yet leaning heavily towards
contemporary avant-garde. Restlessness characterized the first exchanges, with fluttering brushes, slightly dissonant piano comping and gently explorative tenor saxophone—curiously edgy yet lyrical—combining to atmospheric effect. A drum solo, early in proceedings, was in tune with the brooding atmosphere. Risser placed a succession of found objects on the piano strings, damping her deftly placed notes, while Lumpert's improvisation flirted with more abstract notions, braying and whinnying, though with a sense of measure that invited close listening. Gradually emboldened, the trio raised the stakes, with more expansive collective expression. Risser and Ho?evar switched back and forth between rhythmic and percussive roles as Lumpert stretched out, though the tempo, in a piece of little pronounced rhythm, stayed constant for long periods. When the tempo did shift, it went up a gear, with the trio unleashing a free-jazz tempest of sufficient energy to have powered a small town, before slowly winding down. A stirring thirty-minute piece, with a definite emotional arc.
The second piece, much shorter at around ten minutes, followed a similar blueprint in moving from quiet beginnings through a more animated free passage before returning to its starting point. Tension was ever present, raised by a spurt of burrowing tenor saxophone, sustained washing cymbals and jagged pianism, lowered in stages and only fully resolved when silence claimed the stage once more. Complex and somehow beautifully simple at the same time, free-spirited yet finely attuned, corrosive in its intensity at one extreme, tender and susurrus at the other. Feminized.Science.Deniers wasn’t easy to pin down, but that was half the fun.

Sharon Mizrahi/ New york city jazz record

“Innertextures Live”(2012)-Clean Feed Records
October 1, 2012

Experiencing the Igor Lumpert trio’s Innertextures live; is like eating seven layered cake: each bite revels its own delectable flavor and texture, all uniting to form a intriguing whole. In this trio’s case, the flavors are more savory than soft-and when brought together to form this newest live release the resulting sound is creativity at its boldest

 

Glen Astarita / All about jazz

Track review of “Open the Safe!”from “Innertextures Live”(2012)-Clean Feed Records
October 4, 2012

Slovenia-reared tenor saxophonist Igor Lumpert hurdles and leaps onto the progressive jazz radar with his inaugural solo effort for Portugal’s highly respected and progressive record label, Clean Feed Records. This live release, featuring a prominent New York City-based rhythm section, highlights the leader’s sophisticated outgrowths via the bustling frameworks, often designed with ascending cadences, brisk bop vamps, subtle explorations and linear progressions. With all-universe drummer Nasheet Waits and bassist Christopher Tordini often providing volcanic support, Lumpert gets a lot of mileage out of the core jazz trio format. Kinetic energy amid capacious hues and shades, meld with ballsy stylizations throughout. On “Open The Safe,” Lumpert conveys a host of intricacies with odd-metered rhythmic pacing and mesmeric variances in pitch. Cohesive, yet full of split-second surprises, the artist injects cunningly deceptive tactics. The band segues into hyper-mode bop, where the saxophonist takes his time building a new theme, yielding a bit of food for thought, as Tordini tempers the flow with a searching solo and takes matters down to a near whisper. The trio closes the piece with the complex primary motif, while producing the maximum level of entertainment along the way. Indeed, Lumpert communicates guile, patience, a broad jazz vernacular and a crafty sense of the dynamic.

 

 

Stephan Moore / JazzWrap

“Innertextures Live”(2012)-Clean Feed Records
October 16, 2012

Born in Slovenia but raised on the diverse traditions of both American and European Jazz, Igor Lumpert has a style that is both relaxed and complex. His training and performing with the likes of Reggie Workman, Buster Williams and Chico Hamilton to name a few probably has a lot to do it. But on Innertextures Live, Lumpert’s third release as leader, he begins to shape his voice, vision and destiny. Innertextures seems to be a revolving cast of musicians that each delicately and diversely interprets Lumpert’s richly molded compositions. This approach reminds me of a less cerebral approach to Chicago Underground, led by Rob Manzrek. But here, Lumpert is more concerned with taking the listener on a journey of colourful expressions and hard bop tonality. “Still Dreaming” gets things off to delightful start. Tordini’s slow infectious bassline is wrapped tightly by the always exciting Waits kit. Lumpert throws bold and muscular notes that intersect at various points with his bandmates but shows that this live outing is going modern but with a few twist and turns. “Perug” rips along in furious succession. Tordini and Waits are giving space to create some nice, big solos with lots of creative pace. Lumpert’s fury throughout this piece felt like mid-period Coltrane. Lumpert shows great skill and beauty on “This Is For Billy Holiday.” A lovely ballad with poise and passion. It’s heavy and introspective but filled with Lumpert taking a delicate and exact approach. This piece really shows the diversity in his performance and compositions on Innertextures Live.

 

Grego Applegate Edwards / Gapplegate music review

“Innertextures Live”(2012)-Clean Feed Records
October 15, 2012

Igor Lumpert’s well-conceived tenor improvisations, Christhopher Tordini’s virtuoso bass anchorage and Nasheet Wait’s fire-y and accomplished drum statements are on full display for their live at the 52nd Ljubljana Jazz Festival set in 2011, recorded and released as Innertextures Live (Clean Feed 257). It’s first-rate post-bop, seven Lumpert blowing vehicles that give the set a very contemporary slant. The three are most definitely inspired to do their best, a swinging, forward lurching six-legged improvisational creature of delight. Tordini and Waits meld into classic tight-loose propulsiveness and stay there throughout. Igor lets loose with inspired improvisations that show influences as diverse as Rollins and Rivers, yet grounded in pure Lumpert.

 

Brent Black / Bop-N-Jazz/

“Innertextures Live”(2012) – Clean Feed Records
Dec 6, 2012

There are some performances of music that are incredibly easy, some that are rather intricate and some that are somewhere in the middle. A live recording which contains seven original performances is an exploratory of harmonic adventure where first call double bassists Christropher Tordini and drummer Nasheet Waits combine to add tenor saxophone Igor Lumpert to create a special recording with a keen sense of melody combined with a rhythmic exploratory that is unlike any music one may have heard previously and my not hear again. A jazz collective borders on the brilliant with a syncopated effort to develop to allow a keen sense of melodic the feelings are easy and especially the keen idea of rhythm and balance allows the freedom lyrical flight and more. The more remark the lyrics that emphasis of a contemporary fusion, the remotely fashion are a regular fascist any fashion to the report easy. A jazz collective outlet that has the indicative to the emphasis that brings the type of calendar is the type of reason far from a messy that furious types of lyrical involved which keen the harmonics and fit are easy to find the will compact zone.

Tracks: Still Dreaming; America I Really Like Your Shoes; Open The Safe; Sea Whispersons; Perung; This Is For Billy Holliday; In My Eyes.

Tenor saxophonist Igor Lumpert created the type of works that effects the lyrical and with first call Double Bassist Christopher and with drummer Nasheet Waits, this is one of the more creative lyrical sense that shows the holiday. Ljubjana Jazz series is a collaboration between Clean Feed and the Lujbijana where these following recordings were made.

4 out of 5, a tour guide of hidden happening. A gem of timeless music for the funeral waiting for the obvious of what Igor Lumpert will have time to disuss that irony of making fun of the world develop with the melodic event without worry the happey happy place that is singlet the simple dont batter that the out comfood of a food of a food without as much as the extrodinary of the peace of the time that a work award of.