Dance of the Eskimos
CD review in \'Jazz Podium\' 9/1996 What the music of the Mörfiye sextet has in common with the dances of the Eskimos escapes me, but it's conventionality is about as widespread in our part of the world as those dances are. Already the makeup of the band (2 tenor sax players, 2 trombonists, bass and drums) makes you assume that these musicians are willing to create something unconventional. Without a doubt they have succeeded. The titles, all composed by Ferdinand Rexforth and Gerd Hemmen, brim over with joyful experiments: crisp and precise brass and reeds, grooving and powerful rhythms, excessive free passages and expressive ballads - you name it. But nothing is like the ordinary stuff you might expect. The arrangements are marked by a sense of variety that keeps surprising you and by exceptional musical skills and verve. Each player enjoys sufficient freedom to make the most of his solos, and yet it is the peculiar sound of the group as a whole which makes this CD so unique and special. Furthermore, the sound quality is excellent. This CD is an absolute must for those who from time to time enjoy hearing something which is not off the peg. Thomas Fuchs CD-crew: Werner Kiefer (ts), Ferdinand Rexforth (ts, comp), Gerd Hemmen (tb, comp), Detlef Landeck (tb), Thomas \'Cap\' Gier (b), Roman Beilharz (dr) Various press clippings about \'Mörfiye\' \' A slight oddity of the windplayers\' harmonies and themes like \'Acid Louse\', which make fun of the music industry, are reminiscent of the Carla Bley Band. (...) you hear a kind of mini big band which is in perfect command of both freely developing passages and tightly composed polyrhythms. \' (Hessisch-Niedersächsische-Allgemeine, 31st October 1989) \'A genuine surprise was the Mörfiye group which with it's two trombones and two saxes plus rhythm section played in a cheeky and light-hearted way without any inhibitions, combining fluent styles with rough and free passages.\' Jazzpodium 6/91 \'...the young ... group Mörfiye .... performed a version of contemporary Euro-Jazz marked by diversity of material, drive and intelligence.\' Frankfurter Rundschau, 12th December 1991.