Recommended: Nicolas Kummert – “la diversite”


There’s a folk music soulfulness to the new release from tenor saxophonist Nicolas Kummert, and it’s directly attributable for the album’s friendly demeanor and intimate warmth.  Central to this presence is Kummert’s interactions with guitarist Lionel Loueke.  Near half of the tracks that comprise la diversité are duets with the guitarist, and their sympatico melodic approach is a big reason for the album’s friendliness.

And this doesn’t change, simply expands to greater fullness when it’s the entire quartet joining in, with the resulting abundance of generated warmth.  “Harmattan” and “We’ll Be Alright” explode right out of the gate with tons of cheerful exuberance, and the way they carry the tune as the enthusiasm continues to spike is just one of many reasons these tunes are so likable.  And this effect still applies in a state of tranquility, as it does on the contemplative “Lighthouse.”  Speaking of tranquility, working in a rendition of Erik Satie’s “Gnossienne” enhances the prevalent serenity to an even greater degree.  And the shifts between peaceful and chipper tunes create a sense of anticipation that builds directly into the album’s amiable flow.

Just a seriously enjoyable recording.

Your album personnel:  Nicolas Kummert (tenor sax), Lionel Loueke (guitar), Nicolas Thys (bass) and Karl Jannuska (drums).

Released on Edition Records.

Listen to more of the album at the artist’s Bandcamp page.

Music from Belgium.

Available at:  Bandcamp | Amazon | eMusic