Christian Artmann – Fields of Pannonia

Hailed by JazzTimes and All About Jazz, flutist Christian Artmann’s Fields of Pannonia (2015) is part easy listening, part jazz.

Performing with Artmann are pianist Greg Kallor, bassist Johannes Weidenmeuller and drummer Jeff Hirshfield.

The title song opens the set. It’s a tranquil, at times haunting piece. It inspires images of a group of travelers on a long journey. Part of that trip covers a vast, grassy plain. Occasionally, they stop for rest or a meal, or interact with animals who call the plain home. The title is possibly inspired by Pannonia, a territory of the ancient Roman Empire. The region is now part of Hungary, Austria, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Slovenia.

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