At the Jazz Cerkno, we continue to publish albums with concert recordings from our festival, which last year, despite difficult conditions, more than successfully celebrated its 25th anniversary! The album Look For The Difference by the Slovenian-Italian Ombak Trio is very special, as it is our first vinyl, released in a boutique edition of 50 copies. The vinyl record has an additional local touch, as it was cut in nearby Idrija by the company XV. obzorje (Fifteenth Horizon).
Ombak Trio is a newer band consisting of saxophonist Cene Resnik, cellist Giovanni Maier and drummer Stefano Giust. The band's music is inspired and spirited, similar to that of other Resnik bands, but with a much different sound, as Resnik plays the soprano saxophone in addition to the tenor, and Maier plays the cello instead of the double bass. The trio had a concert premiere at our festival, as before that they only gathered for the recording of their debut album.
Despite the fact that it was the first performance in front of the audience, the trio's concert was declared one of the best at the festival in the reviews. “The international Ombak Trio in the line-up Resnik, Maier, Giust at its Slovenian concert debut presented the highlight of the evening of music with the more open ends. They played subtle, clear music, which really could not be driven into uncertainty,” Žiga Pucelj wrote for Odzven. According to Brigita Gračner and Marko Doles, journalists of Radio Študent, the trio was “the least definable sound entity of the evening, but perhaps also the most interesting in their research,” while Darinko Kores Jacks wrote for Večer that the musicians “presented sophisticated combination of occasionally atonal, even cacophonous and yet harmonious, but by no means oversaturated sound lines close to calmer free jazz.”
released February 26, 2021
Ombak Trio - Look For The Difference
(Live at 25th Jazz Cerkno Festival)
Music by Ombak Trio
Recorded at 25th Jazz Cerkno festival on 17th September 2020
Recording, mix & master: Marko Turel
Cover design: Maruša Račič
Released and produced by Jazz Cerkno
Supported by the Ministry of Culture of Slovenia
supported by 4 fans who also own “Look For The Difference”
Total mastery of patience, time, and drama create a constantly engaging journey that never gets tiresome or same-y: in fact the harder you listen the better it gets! Somehow Sorey et al. find a way to combine the deep listening and spontaneous interaction of the best jazz with the sense of every tone and sound being worth a universe of listening, which could be equally from Cage and Feldman or the accompaniment to an ancient ritual.
The recording/engineering is absolutely perfect as well. Giles