Me & You Edward Maclean
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With his debut as a solo artist four years ago, Edward Maclean's Adoqué, he gave German-made jazz a whole new ethereal yet groove-driven timbre. Now the Hamburg-based bassist and composer Maclean presents his second album – once again in quintet formation. Me&You underlines his standout signature, interweaving the strong individual sounds of our times with profound inspiration from the seventies.
And now Maclean follows up with Me&You. The album title may sound like an acoustic romantic excursion, but Maclean is quick to correct that impression. "It's not about romance and candlelight – Me&You looks into the ways people encounter one another." "I'm hoping for a more direct form of communication, without agendas or preconceived thought patterns, without expectations." "Closer to the listeners, more personal," Maclean calls the record, adding that the musicians, two of them new to the band, have come more into focus this time.
He seems to have achieved just what he was trying for, from the listener's perspective. Me&You is not a game of musical hide-and-seek; it resonates with strong emotions, with no need for masks or disguises. And yet Maclean draws strength from calm, making the climb from meditative moods to muscular sounds.
And at some point it becomes clear what makes this record so strong. It's an incredibly relaxed feeling we're party to. Never wanting to control the process; always supporting it. In his new role as a father, Maclean says, he's learned a great deal. Each song came to him like a child, with its own character, needing only gentle guidance.
And it's that devotion, displayed by the five musicians on every track, which makes Me&You a heartfelt and courageous album, in its contemplative and its expressive moments. The dangers of the difficult second album – Edward Maclean and his four fellow musicians have circumnavigated them with ease, by trusting in what comes to pass.
Edward Maclean, electric & double bass
Tobias Backhaus, drums
Christian Kögel, guitar
Matti Klein, keyboards, synthesizers, piano
Sebastianb Borkowski, tenor saxophone
Recorded by Axel Reinemer at Jazzanova Recording Studio, Berlin
Mixed by Axel Reinemer & Edward Maclean at Jazzanova Recording Studio in September 2016
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