Mocca Swing Mulo Francel

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Label: ACT Music

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Mainstream Jazz

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)


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  • 1Aphrodisia05:36
  • 2Mocca Swing (Quartet Version) (Quartet Version)07:07
  • 3Laqueur04:25
  • 4Sunshine in a Honeypot08:41
  • 5Pixinguinha05:00
  • 6Atahualpa07:23
  • 7Retrospective on a Broken Man07:50
  • 8Polka Dots and Moonbeams09:41
  • 9Everything That Was06:32
  • 10Mocca Swing (Orchestra Version) (Orchestra Version)06:40
  • 11Flying Carpet07:18
  • 12Robert's Waltz04:47
  • 13Die Abenteurer05:35
  • 14Poet in Italia06:07
  • 15Goethe Sulla Strada04:25
  • 16Serenade for Young Lovers03:21
  • 17Taquito Militar06:42
  • 18Misty05:46
  • Total Runtime01:52:56

Info for Mocca Swing

This album lives up to the promise of its title: it is hot, appealing and enlivening. “Mocca Swing” is a retrospective of the musical creativity of Mulo Francel. It documents his role as a passionate builder of bridges between young and old, one’s home country and abroad, and between jazz and other music genres.

Many people who have never heard the name of Mulo Francel will nonetheless be aware of his playing, because the saxophonist is one of the founder members of Germany's most successful world music group Quadro Nuevo, which has been in existence since 1996. For Francel, this band provides the ideal means to channel any need he might have for travel, and also to give musical expression to his innate curiosity about other cultures. Quadro Nuevo brings him into contact with musicians, myths and melodies from all over the world, and these encounters happen “in the spirit of jazz”: freely, spontaneously and non-judgementally. That said, Francel’s musical roots are unquestionably in jazz. His legacy from a father who died too soon was a collection of jazz records, which became the door to a new world for the young Mulo. At the age of 16, he saved up his own money and bought a saxophone. His studies in Linz, Munich and New York prepared him for the wider world. Alongside his allegiance to Quadro Nuevo, he has always stayed true to jazz, from his early soul band Mind Games, through the trio Die Abenteurer (the adventurers), to a jazz quartet, with whom he recorded the album “Escape” five years ago. Most recently he has been part of Echoes of Swing, with Pete York, Shannon Barnett and Henning Gailing, who made a “Tribute to Bix Beiderbecke” in the “Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic” series, which was issued as a double CD on the ACT label.

“Mocca Swing” marks a return to that abiding first love – of jazz. And yet his debut album in his own name on ACT is much more than that. “It has been such a luxury. A wonderful escapade, I've been able to go the whole way.” says Francel. What has emerged is a double album which is a substantial piece of work. The first of the two CDs presents “Mulo Francel & Friends”, i.e. his new quartet. As in Quadro Nuevo, the combination of musicians with such different stylistic origins produces kaleidoscopic variety – and excitement. Francel himself sets the tone with his melodic playing, staying close to mainstream jazz, (on two tracks he plays the C-Melody saxophone, widely used in early jazz), but he also gives his excellent accompanists full rein: Baku-born pianist David Gazarov, who possesses an extraordinary technique – at the intersection of classical music and jazz – and who is a also walking encyclopedia of all jazz styles; bassist Sven Faller, known for his work with Le Bang Bang and Trio Elf – he studied in New York, and broadened out his horizons by playing on the scene there; and percussionist Robert Kainar, a pivotal figure on the Austrian jazz scene.

In addition to three compositions by Francel himself, his colleagues were also able to contribute: Faller’s “ Pixinguinha” pays homage to Brazilian music, and Gazarov’s adaptation of Chopins Etude Op. 10, No. 6 appears as “Retrospective Of A Broken Man”.

On the second CD, they are joined by the Munich Radio Orchestra and companions from various points in Francel’s musical life. “Our point of departure is the pieces I have felt closest to in recent years. The idea was to use all of the possibilities offered by a large ensemble to cast new light on them,” Francel explains. His colleagues from Quadro Nuevo, Andreas Hinterseher on bandoneon und accordion, Chris Gall at the piano, Evelyn Huber on harp, and D.D. Lowka on bass join him on three tracks. Compositions from the repertoire they have shared together, such as “Taquito Militar” – a tango which Francel discovered on a journey to Buenos Aires, and adapted – are transformed from chamber music into something orchestral and hymnic, but also jazzy. The same happens to “Flying Carpet”, the title track of a Quadro Nuevo album, which oscillates between western and eastern influences. This track grew out of the work – and a journey together to Egypt – which Francel and Quadro Nuevo did with the band Cairo Steps. Here percussionist Max Klaas from Cairo Steps ensures that the rhythms are authntic. Erroll Garner's “Misty”, which is one of Francel's favourite jazz standards, gains extravagant new colours through adding the Spanish guitar sounds of his good friends Jan Pascal and Alexander Kilian who form the flamenco duo Café del Mundo. And finally Francel takes compositions by friends such as the guitarist Paulo Morello (“Robert’s Waltz”) and the flautist Philipp Sterzer (“Die Abenteurer”/ the adventurers), and also uses experienced arrangers such as the New York-based latin specialist Daniel Freiberg, the young innovative big band writer Leonhard Kuhn from Munich, and the Dutch early jazz specialist Menno Daams.

“Mocca Swing” is a retrospective of the musical creativity of Mulo Francel. It documents his role as a passionate builder of bridges between young and old, one’s home country and abroad, and between jazz and other music genres. It is a thoroughly enjoyable counterweight to the kind of insidious music that we hear everywhere, which has been deprived not just of its secrets but also of its magic.

Above all, this album lives up to the promise of its title: it is hot, appealing and enlivening.

Mulo Francel Quartet Recordings:
Mulo Francel, tenor saxophone, clarinet
David Gazarov, piano
Sven Faller, bass
Robert Kainar, drums

Orchestra Works:
Mulo Francel & Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Enrique Ungarte, conductor, accordion
Quadro Nuevo
Café del Mundo
Paulo Morello, guitar
Max Klaas, percussion
David Gazarov, piano
Robert Kainar, drums
Sven Faller, bass

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Stefan Gienger at Mastermix Studio, Munich, Nov. 2016 & May 2017
Produced by Mulo Francel

Mulo Francel
geb.1967 in München, studierte Saxophon und Komposition in Linz, München und New York.

Mit seiner extravaganten Spielweise lotet er die Grenzbereiche zwischen Jazz, Klassik und World Music aus. Die hohe Schule der Improvisation verwebt sich bei ihm mit Vorlieben für Tango, mediterrane Musizierkunst und alteuropäische Melodien.

Das Magazin Kulturnews schrieb ihm den „derzeit sinnlichsten Saxophonsound Europas“ zu.

Mit Formationen wie Quadro Nuevo, Tango Lyrico und Mulo Francel & Friends unternahm der Saxophonist weltweite Konzerttourneen: Mexiko, USA, Jordanien, Israel, Australien, Singapur, Korea, China, Argentinien, ums Schwarze Meer und quer durch Europa. Er spielte in der New Yorker Carnegie Hall und in Jazz Clubs, als Straßenmusiker auf italienischen Plätzen ebenso wie auf dem Montreal Jazz Festival.

Francels Saxophonspiel ist auf zahlreichen CDs zu hören. Mit den Veröffentlichungen von Quadro Nuevo kletterte er in die TopTen der internationalen Jazz- und Weltmusik-Charts. Mehrfach wurde ihm der begehrte Jazz-Award des Bundesverbandes Musikindustrie verliehen. Er erhielt in Paris den Europäischen Phono-Preis Impala und den Kulturpreis der Stadt Rosenheim, wo er seine Kindheit verbrachte. In den Jahren 2010 und 2011 erhielt Mulo Francel mit Quadro Nuevo den ECHO Jazz als bester Live Act.

Er spielte mit vielen Größen der internationalen Musik-Szene, als Solist mit dem NDR-Orchester, dem WDR-Sinfonieorchester, dem Bayerischen Rundfunkorchester, dem Deutschen Filmorchester Babelsberg, der Philharmonie Salzburg und mit dem zeitgenössischen Ensemble Resonanz.

Darüber hinaus schrieb er Kompositionen für TV- und Kinofilme.

Im Jahre 2012 legte Mulo Francel mit Escape sein in der Fachpresse hochgelobtes erstes Album unter eigenem Namen vor, auf welchem er in klassischer Jazz-Quartett-Besetzung eigene Stücke kreativ und groovig neu interpretiert.

In seinem Projekt "the Sax & the Sea" stellte sich Mulo Francel im Jahr 2014 einer ganz anderen Herausforderung: Saxophon komplett solo. Linear-perlende Original-Kompositionen an verschiedenen Orten in Meeresnähe aufgenommen, welche er auch als Notenband veröffentlichte.

Ständig auf der Suche nach neuen Spielfeldern sucht Mulo Francel seit 2015 den intensiven Kontakt mit Musikern aus dem arabischen Kulturraum, um eine musikalische Brücke hinweg über die Gräben von Politik und Religion zu schlagen. So entstand im Frühjahr 2017 zusammen mit Künstlern aus Ägypten und Bagdad das Album Quadro Nuevo & Cairo Steps: Flying Carpet.

Im Oktober 2017 erschien bei ACT Music das Doppel-Album Mocca Swing: Eine Scheibe als Quartett Mulo Francel & Friends, eine Scheibe mit Orchester. Hier bildet Francel mit dem aus Armenien stammenden funkensprühenden David Gazarov am Piano und dem baskischen Dirigenten und Akkordeonisten Enrique Ugarte zusammen mit dem Münchner Rundfunkorchester des BR einen schillernden Klangkörper, der die Gräben zwischen U- und E-Musik, zwischen zeitgenössischem Jazz, Klassik und Weltmusik überwindet.

Mulo Francel ist ein musikalischer Brückenbauer, der sich mit großer Leidenschaft in jedem einzelnen Ton seinen Zuhörern und Mitspielern zuwendet.

Booklet for Mocca Swing

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