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Urs Leimgruber / Roger Turner: The Pancake Tour

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The Pancake Tour finds Swiss saxophonist Urs Leimgruber and British drummer Roger Turner together as a twosome (sometimes referred to as The Pancake Duo), recorded in concert at The Loft in Cologne in October 2011. The sax-drums duo is a varied and demanding format which exposes each player to equal scrutiny, allowing no hiding place or time out. Instead, each member has to be full-on constantly, giving and receiving, and listening and responding; if either of them is not, it shows. Thankfully, Leimgruber and Turner are past masters of improvisation and here give an impressive textbook demonstration of the art ...

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Evan Parker / Urs Leimgruber: Twine

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Twine, from saxophonists Evan Parker and Urs Leimgruber, is perhaps named for two strands twisted together to make a much stronger thread. The subtitle, however, might just be two saxophonists separated at birth.Most people familiar with the legendary Parker know his unique sound and reign as the sovereign of freely improvised tenor and soprano saxophone. He has worked in just about every combination from thrilling solo performance to his large Electro-Acoustic Ensembles.Swiss-born Leimgruber is less well-known; a player with all Parker's tools and eight years his junior, the saxophonist has recorded with the likes of Christy ...

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Urs Leimgruber: Chicago Solo, Albeit, Willisau, Aurona Arona

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Urs LeimgruberChicago SoloLeo2010 Urs LeimgruberAlbeitJazzwerkstatt2010 OMWillisauIntakt2010 EmberAurona AronaCreative Sources2010 Swiss saxophonist Urs Leimgruber has a watchmaker's sense of time. His works create the sense of listening to a watch's inner workings up close, with his collaborators coming in on cue with the surety of little weights and wheels. Four new releases--two quartets, a trio and a solo--offer an ...

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Urs Leimgruber: Lausanne & Love Letters for the President

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Urs Leimgruber; Thomas Lehn. Lausanne For 4 Ears Records 2009 Hans Koch; Urs Leimgruber; Omri Ziegele. Love Letters to the President Intakt Records 2009 It may be grossly reductive to speak about an album in terms of how much audio space its five songs take up individually. And it may be a total coincidence that the most enjoyable tracks on it are also the pithiest. But in Urs Leimgruber and Thomas Lehn's recording Lausanne, ...

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Urs Leimgruber: 13 Pieces For Saxophone

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Eminent Swiss saxophonist Urs Leimgruber has been a fixture, primarily within European jazz and improvisational dominions. Unlike many other free-wheeling solo saxophone ventures, the artist renders a cumulative discourse of enticing notions on 13 Pieces For Saxophone. He's an intense conversationalist, while frequently concentrating his improvisational output within a given register. Among other notions, this characteristic adds quite a bit of distinction to the sum of the intricately exercised parts, as he aims to excite one's neural network.

All of these works are catalogued in ascending numerical fashion as the album title suggests. On the energized “Three he ...

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Urs Leimgruber: Blue Log: Ten Pieces for Saxophone

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Saxophonist Urs Leimgruber has explored styles of music ranging from contemporary composition to free improvisation. He was a member of the jazz/rock group Om in the late '70s. From there he would expand his aesthetic from jazz to complete free improvisation through associations with Swiss percussionist Fritz Hauser and French bassist Joëlle Leandre. Solo dates for Leimgruber are more or less common at this point, with three such releases prior to Blue Log (which was recorded in 1999 and released in 2000); the naked approach is not foreign to him. His discipline and patience to create something literally from nothing ...

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Lauren Newton - Joelle Leandre - Urs Leimgruber: Out Of Sound

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This estimable trio featuring, bassist, Joelle Leandre (France), saxophonist, Urs Leimgruber (Switzerland) and vocalist, Lauren Newton (USA) explore various harmonic ranges, amid densely formulated motifs on this 2002 release. With an average track length of three and one-half minutes, the artists frame many of their themes upon sleep-related events via song titles such as, “Sleeptalk,” and “The Insomniacs.” Therefore, the band sets the table for a series of abstract soundscapes, marked by Leimgruber’s squeaks, pops, micro themes, Newton’s wordless vocalise and Leandre’s often imaginative means of spinning a pulse.

Ms. Leandre’s nimble-fingered articulations serve as the bond throughout this production, ...



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