Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - Dan Bilawsky
Given that a picture can be worth a thousand words and that saxophonist Sebastian Gille only uses one to define this album, the album artwork may be the better descriptor here. The icy peaks that adorn the cover of Anthem can be seen as a visual representation of the wide open vistas that Gille explores and creates. He paints slow snow drifts and rides through exhilarating gusts of wind balancing beauty and danger, a sense of uncertainty holding them both at check.
Gilles' greatest gift is his ability to create intense environments and thought-provoking strains without the heavy blowing histrionics or athletic feats that often accompany such work. He brings a measured sense of sound to the party and displays a remarkable sense of pacing and patience as he lets the music unfold. This may be the first album under his own name, but he's no rookie. Extensive training and lots of on-the-bandstand work have given the young saxophonist a sense of self-assurance that can't be faked. ... read more...
All About Jazz - Dan McClenaghan
The most famous and venerable German record label is ECM Records, Manfred Eicher's brainchild, founded in 1969 and still going strong with now more than twelve hundred recordings in its catalog. But there is a German upstart, Pirouet Records, which has been in the business of offering up its own musical vision since the early 2000s, with a multinational stable of artists including American pianists Marc Copland, Bill Carrothers and Kevin Hays, British-born saxophonist Loren Stillman and Belgian bassist Nicolas Thys and his fellow countryman, saxophonist Robin Verheyan. And many more.
Sebastian Gille is a German saxophonist and the leader on Anthem, a quartet set that showcases Gille's distinctive compositional voice on saxophones and alto clarinet, inside an exploratory and egalitarian ensemble. With two covers, Kurt Weill's "Barbara-Song" and the Goell/Speilman-penned "You Won't Forget Me," to go along with six Gille originals, the quartet crafts a tranquil and beautifully measured music that is introspective and often haunting. ... read more...