In the first track of Martin Reiterís new recording ALMA we feel those special qualities that make his music unique.
As a composer and bandleader he is completely absorbed in the balance and the overall sound of the ensemble.
In various steps he builds a multilayered cosmos out of the first compositional cell, culminating in a wonderful trumpet solo played by Mathieu Michel.
This compositional tour de force, in which every voice is carefully introduced and each change of harmony is logical yet surprising, cannot only be explained by Reiterís high level of craft.
We witness an obvious gift to play with the colors of each sound as well as a love of counterpoint and polyphony, and, last but not least, a musical language rich in harmonic finesse, which he has developed over the years.
The great cast on the CD creates a dense and fresh atmosphere. The partly Brazilian inspired pieces glow and dance in this carefully produced high-end recording.
On the fourth track we hear Martin Reiter solo fort the first time.
The dreamlike title track ALMA, that creates associations to Ravel and Radiohead, offers a challenging set of changes to the improviser, on which he builds an impressive, fluid solo.
The whole recording breathes and exudes an air of relaxed but conscious expression, as if the music had ripened in the sunlight.