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Joachim Gies: Whispering Blue

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The use of the saxophone to generate sounds outside the limits of its “design" has been a longstanding tradition in jazz, from the honks and squeals of the music's earliest practitioners, through the wrenching vocalizations of players like Ayler and Coltrane, and continuing on today through the latest generation of sonic explorers, including the wildly inventive player Mats Gustafsson. Joachim Gies, one of today's most creative exponents of “other" saxophone music, takes a different tack on Whispering Blue. Gies' vision ...

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Joachim Gies: Different Distances

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Joachim Gies plays soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones, as well as bass clarinet. This is a disc of 23 brief duos (the longest is four-and-a-half minutes; there's also a solo Gies piece that's just over seven minutes) played by Gies with, variously, mezzo-soprano Ute Döring; Alex Nowitz (male voice, live electronics); Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky (alto sax); Thomas Wiedermann (trombone); and Thomas Böhm-Christi (cello).

Gies has a chameleon's ability on his various reeds. On “Arizona" with the wailing (and electronically transmuting) Nowitz ...


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