"Jürgen Attig is an internationally sought-after bass player, who has already played with…" - the biography for Attig's CD Aventureiro could well start along these lines, if the musician from Hildesheim was a virtuoso who aims solely at the utmost perfection on his instrument. But the former comrade-in-arms of bands like Felix De Luxe and Rainbirds is actually an outstanding bass player in the triangle delineated by pop, jazz and musicals. His career has taken him from house projects with Roisin Murphy and Mousse T. through Dennis Chambers, Dave Weckl and the NDR Big Band, with which he realised a Jaco Pastorius programme, to such jazz icons as Buddy de Franco and James Moody. However, Jürgen Attig is much more than an all-purpose tool that comes in useful to big names.
On Aventureiro he shows himself to be a sensitive musical poet who has banished pigeon-holes like jazz, rock and pop from his consciousness. Attig deliberately took his time over his début album: he didn't want it to join the countless other CD's collecting dust on the "Special interest" shelves! The music here speaks of unbridled and thoroughly infectious joie de vivre. Globetrotter Attig has gathered all manner of experiences that serve as a wide horizon for the tales he tells us in the here and now. Stories that reveal something of their author's boundless curiosity about the world in all its many facets. Aventureiro is 'world music' in the best sense of the term. Attig fills his balcony with African, Caribbean and Latin American sounds as well as with authentic blues, which his powerful imagination lifts towards the sky, whence it orbits the planet.
Bass player Attig made a dream come true with the ensemble he brought together in the New River Studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida: he was joined there by such top artists as Othello Molineaux (steel drums), who played with Jaco Pastorius and Chicago, Weather Reporter Bobby Thomas jr. (drums, percussion) and guitarist Randy Bernsen from the Zawinul Syndicate. Ingrid Pastorius, the recently-deceased widow of revolutionary bass man Jaco Pastorius, contributed some samples from her husband's files. And the CD is dedicated to Ingrid and Jaco Pastorius. – We hear Jaco himself laughing like a devil on the last track, as if he were mischievously looking over Attig's shoulder. So the proximity of Aventureiro to Weather Report and its follow-up projects is no coincidence. Songs like "White Viper Waltz" or the calypso "Canarsie" actually sound like Weather Report numbers reloaded for the 21st century. With additional guests such as the brilliant R&B singer Raul Midón, Ronaldo Nascimento from Brazil, the blues harmonica player Johnny de Orleans and busy jazz guitarist Randy Bernsen, Attig, who also plays keyboards and various percussion instruments as well as bass, embarks in all four directions at the same time.
Jürgen Attig makes good on the promise embodied in the title of his début album: Aventureiro is an adventure – exciting, entertaining, emotional and full of surprises. The long wait was worth it. This is a record free of vanity in every respect: the focus is on the song or the melody at all times, the atmosphere or the sound. There are no special features here. Even the best-known guest artists fit in respectfully with the musical context, and Attig himself likewise plays with focused reserve throughout, in order not to overload the songs with his ego at any point. The result are melodies that we still hear long after the last note has died away, and sounds that whet the appetite for another episode of this musical adventure in the not-too-distant future.