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Achim Kaufmann & Michael Moore: Furthermore

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Award-winning alto saxophonist, clarinetist, Michael Moore has performed on seminal modern and avant-garde jazz albums, spanning several decades via numerous projects and stints that include Clusone, The ICP Orchestra, bands led by drummer Gerry Hemingway and bassist Mark Helias; the list goes on. He's a California native who has resided in Holland since 1982 and is cited for his involvement with cutting-edge entities throughout Europe. Furthermore is one of three releases with highly regarded German pianist Achim Kaufmann, also including Something Nothing (Ramboy, 2014) and Nothing Something (Ramboy, 2014). However, on Furthermore, the duo covers the often under-appreciated catalog of ...

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Harris Eisenstadt / Achim Kaufmann / Mark Dresser: Starmelodics

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Canadian drummer and composer Harris Eisenstadt spans a broad spectrum. He has written for large ensemble, octets and small groups, in styles ranging from chamber to Senegalese pop. Though particularly enamored of African drum rhythms he also works readily in totally improvised settings, so his name on the sleeve rarely betokens an expected outcome. On Starmelodics, the drummer in conjunction with German pianist Achim Kaufmann and bass virtuoso Mark Dresser takes a slightly sideways look at the modern piano trio, blending the written with free improvisation, with sometimes almost imperceptible joins. All three are equals in composition ...

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Achim Kaufmann: Knives

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Achim Kaufmann's first solo piano disc is a study in atonal expressionism and sonic adventurism, draped in dark mysteries. Recorded mainly at the Bimhuis in the pianist's home city of Amsterdam, Knives consists of eighteen fairly short pieces that showcase Kaufmann's technical excellence, his aptitude for instant orchestration, his imaginative use of “mixed techniques" (ie. prepared piano), and his firm yet idiosyncratic grasp of jazz piano tradition.

One cannot but admire the discipline of his left-hand bass lines on “A Dreg of Red" and “Marche B2," or his elliptical use of tonality on “More Than a Simple Shoreline" ...

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Achim Kaufmann: Knives

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Amsterdam-based pianist Achim Kaufmann combines the fluidity of modern jazz with the extended techniques of avant-garde concert music on his latest solo album, Knives. Many of the works feature Kaufmann playing inside the piano. Besides plucking strings, he attacks the instrument's interior with a number of devices: rulers, a small hand sander, a piano tuner's wedge, and a vibraphone mallet. As can be imagined, this elicits a host of tone colors and textures, ranging from percussive to sustained, at points even including vibrato and keening overtones. “Her Hair a Dark River..." is a particularly evocative piece employing these materials. As ...

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Achim Kaufmann 4: Gueuledeloup

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The worst part about listening to pianist Achim Kaufmann’s recordings is that you only get 60 minutes or so, of some of the most inventive modern jazz on the globe. His previous CD for “Leo Records,” was a bona fide knockout! With this release, he navigates similar concepts.

His base group featuring the impressive talents of woodwind ace Michael Moore and drummer John Hollenback is augmented by bassist/cellist Henning Sieverts who provides the fluid bottom end. But the gist of this group’s magic resides within its noticeable ability to meld elements of the free zone with tenderly ...

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Achim Kaufmann Quartet: Double Exposure

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Any recording that features saxophonist/clarinetist Michael Moore deserves attention these days as pianist Achim Kaufmann and his quartet have come up with a sure-fired dandy with this new release titled, Double Exposure. Here, Kaufmann and Moore create a stirring front line along with superb support from bassist John Schroder and one of the most in demand session drummers on the scene, John Hollenbeck. Simply put, these gents sound as though they’ve been shedding for years which is evident from the onset of the modern jazz-soulful boogie opener, “Carnies”. On this piece, Kaufmann displays a percussive attack amid fleet-fingered bop-ish lines ...



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