|In the nineties, the quartet Die Enttauschung [The Disappointment] released their first record [a 2 LP set from 1996] solely with pieces by Thelonious Monk. Die Enttauschung managed the feat of radically remaining faithful to Monk and staying in close touch with the originals, and yet placing them on their heads. Their 2nd, also self-titled, album - half originals and half Monk - was recorded immediately afterward but waited five years to be finally released by Grob in 2002. With the pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach leading as a quintet, they celebrated a great success in 2004 with the recordings of the entire works of Monk on the 3-CD Intakt box . The media has reacted euphorically to 'Monk's Casino' (Intakt 3CD-Box 100).
Now Rudi Mahall, Axel Dorner, Jan Roder and Uli Jennessen have released a CD with 17 of their own compositions. This band knows no borders between yesterday and tomorrow writes the German magazine Jazzzeitung about the quartet. Die Enttauschung is more Berlin than Berlin itself and, moreover, unparalleled in nearly every respect. Collective improvisations beyond convention will drive up your blood pressure and fantastic solos take away your breath. Or it is, as the music journalist Felix Klopotek (Spex) sees the music from Die Enttauschung, concentrated intensity. Exactly that what one wants to hear from jazz today.