Zero Point Plays Albert Ayler

AllAboutJazz
By: Jeff Stockton

1964 was a watershed year for Ayler. He formed his seminal trio with drummer Sunny Murray and bassist Gary Peacock and recorded Spiritual Unity, an album whose influence and stature can be heard in the music of Zero Point, an obscure free jazz trio based in, of all places, Mexico City. Plays Albert Ayler is among the titles offered by Ayler Records exclusively as a digital download and the MP3s add to the feeling that this is a secret document, that you are among the privileged who’ve heard it. Saxophonist German Bringas doesn’t attempt to match Ayler’s unmatchable vibrato and his switching from alto to tenor mitigates a bit of the power one associates with Ayler’s attack, but when Itzam Cano’s bass resonates, it underscores Peacock’s remarkably influential technique and Gabriel Lauber maintains a swirling continuous rhythm that flows from Murray’s sui generis style.
This band is a shining example of Ayler’s global reach.

Zero Point Plays Albert Ayler

Kathodik.it
By: Sergio Eletto

Se passate per Citta Del Messico è d’obbligo una capatina dalle parti del fumoso Jazzorca music-club: vi ficcherete nell’area più eccentrica (e ancora troppo ignorata) dell’improvvisazione messicana, e se la fortuna vorrà essere più generosa, riuscirete ad udire anche la performance che i spregiudicati Zero Point elargiscono in omaggio al grande Ayler. La materia esposta in questo viaggio è ovviamente dedita per intero ai grandi ‘temi’ del sassofonista free di Cleveland, e viene messa in scena, anche piuttosto fedelmente, secondo l’estetica originaria del maestro. La scaletta ripercorre specialmente le ‘arie’ più famose, ruggenti e sfacciate, composte in particolare nel periodo d’incisione per la ESP e per la Impulse; vi sono Vibrations, una splendida versione di The Wizard, Saints, Infant Happiness, Angels e molto altro ancora.
I Zero Point, dopo un simile preambolo, si presentano letteralmente come un trio di pazzi scatenati il quale, messo in azione sul palcoscenico, è pronto a sudare litri e litri di sudore, affinché dai propri strumenti fuoriesca tutta l’aggressività e l’irruenza possibile. Loro sono Gabriel Lauber (batterista e fondatore ufficiale del trio), Germán Bringas (alla bisogna impegnato con sax alto e tenore, ma anche poli-strumentista devoto al flauto, al pianoforte e ad altri strumenti auto-costruiti) e Itzam Cano (contrabbasso) e le registrazioni presenti risalgono ad un concerto, sempre presso il 
Café Jazzorca, nel 2006.
Jazz ‘scorticato’da qualsiasi melodia, improvvisazione al vetriolo consigliata agli amanti del free-jazz classico e rigorosamente nevrotico.

Zero Point Plays Albert Ayler

Jazznett
By: Henrik Kaldahl


This release from the amazing Swedish label Ayler Records shows that the music of the dead saxophone player Albert Ayler certainly not has been forgotten.
The trio Zero point consists of 3 free jazz musicians who are committed and indeed inspired to the musical ideas of Albert Ayler. Zero point is Germán Bringas on altsaxophone and tenorsaxophone, Itzam Cano on bass and Gabriel Lauber on drums and this magnificent concert is recorded at the Cafë Jazzorca (who also is a record label) in Mexico City on September 22, 2006.
The CD has 9 numbers on it and 7 out of the 9 are covers of well known Albert Ayler numbers – "Vibrations", "The Wizard", "Tune Q", "Infant happiness", "Saints", "Children" and "Angels" and the last two are numbers written by Bringas and Lauber named "Improv 1" and "Improv 2".
The covers of the Ayler numbers are something out of this world, sometimes the saxophone player Bringas sounds like a true incarnation of the old master, he honks, squeals and screams with his horns just like Ayler did and at some points the similarity is quite remarkable and obvious.
This record is not just a cover album, of one of the greatest free jazz players ever songs, but more like a tribute to a long lost master. These 9 numbers shows us that Albert Ayler and his music still after all these years, are a true inspiration to musicians today – and thank god for that.

The only way you can get a hold of this release is via the Ayler Records homepage, where you also can listen to previews before you buy. So people – start your computer and begin downloading.

Zero Point Plays Albert Ayler

WNUR, Chicago
By: Mike Szajewski

It isn’t often that you hear free jazz from Mexico, but Zero Point, who pay tribute to the music of Albert Ayler, are a surprising exception. The group was founded by drummer Gabriel Lauber, a Swiss Mexican, and features “Mexico City jazz legend” (as described in the liner notes) German Bringas, who is a proficient pianist, trumpeter, and saxophonist, but sticks to alto and tenor on this album. Rounding out the trio is Itzam Cano, a young Mexican bassist who demonstrates a pension for furious, pulsating improvisation. Yes, the bass might be more loud than usual, but it really works here, putting Cano on an equal footing. Aside from the Ayler tunes, Bringas and Lauber team up for two fiery improvisations of a level of intensity that arguably exceeds that of an Ayler date from the 60’s.

Zero Point Plays Albert Ayler

dMute.net
By: Grisli


Le temps de deux improvisations et de sept reprises du maître, Zero Point fantasmait le retour sur terre d’Albert Ayler. Pas n’importe où, sur terre : au Café Jazzorca de Mexico.
Là, German Bringas (saxophones alto et ténor), Itzam Cano (contrebasse) et Gabriel Lauber (batterie) rendaient fin 2006 un hommage appliqué : habité par « The Holy Ghost », Bringas plaidait en faveur de l’incarnation surTune Q autant que surImprov 1, porté par une section rythmique idéale. Interprétant, plus détaché mais toujours aussi convaincant, Angels et The Wizard, le trio ajoute à la forme les fonds de blues ou de folklore bouleversé chers au discours d'Ayler.
Forcément virulent, plaintif, souffreteux ou enthousiaste, Zero Point fait du songbook investi un tribute remarquable, et relativise toutes les distances.

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