Clarinet Trio Two (Ullmann-Kupke-Nabicht): Translucent Tones (2002)
Led by bass clarinetist Gebhard Ullmann, the trio follows up its inaugural release by extending its scope - largely due to the clarinetists’ cunning arrangements and their discerning improvisational exercises. Moreover, the musicians’ applied synergy has hit a zenith of excellence here. While they still inject chamber-like characteristics into a good portion of these seventeen pieces, the band meshes inquisitive lines, with whimsy, humor, and multipart opuses. They supplement their line of attack with heaps and bounds of fetching three-way dialogue and poignant themes. The piece titled “Animalische Stimmen,” features an abundance of animalistic sounds such as repetitive birdcall type motifs. On Nino Rota’s “I Clowns,” the trio renders a lush, yet altogether simplistic melody atop a ragtime style groove. There’s a whole lot of goodness going on here as the artists’ also employ multiphonics amid absorbing exchanges during, “Collective No. 6 and No. 8.” Essentially, their latest effort rings like a comprehensive study in modern jazz clarinet/improvisational fare. The differentiator resides within the musicians’ ability to draw upon diverse influences in concert with their macrobiotic approach. A superb effort! Fervently Recommended!
Track Listing: 1.Collective No. 5 2.Blue Trees and Related Objects 3.Translucent Tones 4.Animalische Stimmen 5.Translucent Tones (Gestalt in Three) 6.I Clowns 7.Theo 8.Collective No. 7 9.Die Zwei Farben 10.Dreierlei 11.Gebhard 12.Variations on a Theme By Erik Satie 13.Almost Twenty-Eight 14.Collective No. 6 and No. 8 15.Anna 16.Der Ton A 17.Valzer Del Commiato
Personnel: Gebhard Ullmann: bass clarinet