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Michael Wollny Trio: Weltentraum

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The inventive German pianist Michael Wollny combines a delight in exploration with an impressively high work rate. As a result, he's become one of the European jazz scene's most prolific and most unpredictable performers. Weltentraum is the debut recording from the Michael Wollny Trio, a piano, bass, drum collaboration that on the surface at least bears a striking resemblance to [em], Wollny's previous piano, bass, drums collaboration. Given that [em] was one of the most enjoyable and talented bands on the circuit, that's no bad thing. Like [em], the Michael Wollny Trio records for ACT Music, features the ...

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Michael Wollny's [em]: Wasted & Wanted

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Michael Wollny's sleeve notes for Wasted & Wanted are emphatic: “MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN RULES. This is Jazz." Back in the day, this German piano trio used to be plain old [em]. Some re-branding has taken place, and now it's Michael Wollny's [em]. According to Wollny, the change is intended to help people who have been confused by the name [em], and to follow the well-worn tradition of naming a piano trio after the pianist. Hmm. Rather a strange approach, given the dogmatic statement about rules.But what, as someone once wrote, is in a name? The piano trio ...

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Heinz Sauer and Michael Wollny: Certain Beauty

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Tenor saxophonist Heinz Sauer, who turns 74 this month, was a mainstay of the extraordinary European free jazz experiment of the 1960s. He played with late-sixties incarnations of the Globe Unity Orchestra, alongside a truly mind-boggling array of heavyweights (Derek Bailey, Han Bennink, Willem Breuker, Evan Parker, Alexander von Schlippenbach); he would enjoy an even longer-standing collaboration with trombonist and fellow Globe Unity alum Albert Mangelsdorff, who died in 2005.Though Sauer's artistic productivity has never flagged, he has recently seized the imagination of the German jazz scene with a pair of duet recordings (Certain Beauty is the second) ...



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