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The Behemoth

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Peter Jones
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Peter Jones The trio get it together with big band goodness and show how well it _just works_, like it was meant to have always been that way.

"Untitled#1" is outstanding. "Herne Hill", the muted trumpet through to the finale - wonderful.

The rest - well - enjoy it yourself! :) Favorite track: Untitled#1.
Sven B. Schreiber
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Sven B. Schreiber It's not a secret anymore that Ivo Neame, Anton Eger, and Jasper Høiby are first-class composers. On this album, they take it to the max by letting Julian Argüelles add exciting big band arrangements to their works. On the bottom line, the resulting 65-minute album "The Behemoth" is a feast for fans of well-elaborated themes in jazz. Favorite track: Herne Hill.
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EmmaH Phenomenal arrangement and playing. Stunningly beautiful music.
Johnny K
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Johnny K I heard Untitled #1 as bump music on WNYC last week, and spent a few days trying to track it down. It has interesting melodies, exciting chord changes, crisp production, and virtuoso level playing. I like how concise and cohesive the album sounds, but also the variation in instrumentation and approach to each song. I think I'd best describe this as akin to early Metheny or Weather Report but with a big band feel, and to my ear, a prog-rock approach. Fantastic stuff!
john greenwood
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john greenwood This is one of those rare pairing of exceptional artist that always create incredible music. The chemistry, inspiration and end result are rarely rivaled in the music industry today. Salute.
Guy Bombardier
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Guy Bombardier So good, I listen through from start to finish! Favorite track: Ok Chorale.
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Ok Chorale 03:49
Untitled#1 06:58
Stillness 09:08
Herne Hill 04:54
Zieding 09:45
Phraternal 06:53
Happy Notes 06:06


Phronesis have built a formidable reputation over the last decade as one of the most powerful and energetic small ensembles on the European jazz scene. Known for their virtuosity, dynamism and telepathic group interplay, the trio have commanded impressive media attention and established a substantial fanbase on a global level. Following six critically acclaimed trio albums, the band have now completed their most ambitious recording to date with the release of The Behemoth. Consisting of ten arrangements and re-imaginings of compositions from their back catalogue by Julian Argüelles, this remarkable, vibrant new album featuring the Frankfurt Radio Big Band is rich in colour and bursting with spirit and creativity.

Julian Argüelles plays a pivotal role throughout this album, demonstrating his masterful ability as arranger and conductor, and also appearing as a soloist on Eger’s ‘Urban Control’. All three members of the trio have been long time admirers of Julian’s playing, writing and arranging and when an opportunity arose for them to collaborate, they all jumped at the chance. Likewise, the Frankfurt Radio Big Band have an impressive story, having been one of the key radio big bands in Europe for many years, collaborating with a plethora of international jazz artists . Tackling the music of Phronesis is no easy task for any large ensemble, but with Julian at the helm, they met the challenge with creative energy.

Jasper Høiby - double bass
Ivo Neame - piano
Anton Eger - drums

Julian Argüelles arranger & conductor
Frankfurt Radio Big Band

1. Ok Chorale (Ivo Neame) 3.49
2. Untitled#1 (Jasper Høiby) 6.58
3. Stillness (Jasper Høiby) 9.09
4. Herne Hill (Anton Eger) 4.55
5. Charm Defensive (Ivo Neame) 6.36
6. Zieding (Anton Eger) 9.46
7. Phraternal (Ivo Neame) 6.53
8. Intro to Urban Control (Julian Argüelles & Anton Eger) 2.49
9. Urban Control (Anton Eger) 7.45
10. Happy Notes (Jasper Høiby) 6.07


released March 31, 2017

Julian Argüelles, arranger, conductor (tenor saxophone solo on #9)

Frankfurt Radio Big Band (hr-Bigband):
Heinz-Dieter Sauerborn ss/as/fl/picc
Oliver Leicht as/cl (clarinet solo on #3)
Tony Lakatos ts/a-fl (tenor solo on #1)
Steffen Weber ts (tenor solo on #3)
Rainer Heute bs/b-cl
Frank Wellert tp/flh
Thomas Vogel tp/flh
Martin Auer tp/flh (trumpet solo on #8)
Axel Schlosser tp/flh (trumpet solo on #6)
Günter Bollmann tb
Peter Feil tb (trombone solo on #4)
Christian Jaksjø tb/b-tp (bass trumpet solo on #5)
Manfred Honetschläger b-tb
Martin Scales g (guitar solos on #2 and #10)

Recorded at Hörfunkstudio II by Axel Gutzler, Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt am Main in September 2016
Recording engineer: Michael Wayszack
Edited and mixed at Virkeligheden in Copenhagen by August Wanngren in November 2016
Mastered by Peter Beckmann in London in December 2016
Producer: Phronesis & Hessischer Rundfunk
Producer Frankfurt Radio Big Band: Olaf Stötzler
Executive Producer: Dave Stapleton


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