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Not Missing Drums Project: Offline Adventures

Twenty-three tracks, twenty-two of which are less than five minutes long apiece, plus one that runs almost twelve minutes. A floating ensemble of never more than nine players or fewer than two on any one track. Vocalists, chittering, chattering, ululating ("Kip Torro!"). Trombonists, clarinets, cellists, and more. A vertiginous quality, so that a boffo reed solo on the first track is abruptly and inexplicably interrupted (this happens again later, with the obvious sound of the tape being stopped in favor of another). Piano crashes, internal and external, explode into the mist. Unison sections of mock-symphonic gravity ("Nach dieser Aufregung") appear ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Not Missing Drums Project: Offline Adventures

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The “Not Missing Drums Project” is a consortium of European (predominately German) improvisers who occasionally collaborate under the auspices of the aforementioned name. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, there is not a drummer to be found on this CD. Anyhow, Offline Adventures is a truly interesting excursion into free jazz as the performers also blend many disparate elements including chamber-music, opera and scatological vocals all injected with intermittent doses of wit and humor.

Saxophonist Joachim Gies, trombonist Thomas Wiedermann, cellist Thomas Bohm-Christl, and clarinetist Jurgen Kupke are some of the more recognizable names to be found here ...



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