254

Schlippenbach Quartet: At Quartier Latin

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Schlippenbach Quartet: At Quartier Latin
Released as part of the limited edition box FMP im Rückblick—in Retrospect (1969 - 2010), this recording by pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach's Quartet, At Quartier Latin, is an incomparable time capsule that documents a crucial period in European improvisation and the development of today's jazz luminaries.

Available separately from the 12-CD box, this disc brings together two live recordings—originally released as The Hidden Peak (FMP, 1977) and Three Nails Left (FMP, 1975)—featuring Schlippenbach's trio, which was regularly expanded in the 1970s to include bassist Peter Kowald. The most recent re-release by this quartet was Hunting The Snake (Unheard Music Series/Atavistic, 2000).

Schlippenbach began improvising in small ensembles before establishing Globe Unity Orchestra in 1966. But, it has been his work in trio and quartet that has endured for more than forty years. With his collaborators—saxophonist Evan Parker and percussionist Paul Lovens—Schlippenbach has created a model for modern improvising pianists such as Pandelis Karayorgis and Matthew Shipp.

These two recordings document two live, 60-minute sets which were edited for their original release. Piecing together fragments of longer improvisations keeps these nine tracks constantly flowing. Of note here is the genesis of the dynamic nature of the ensemble's energy jazz. They display their ability to create this tension (though not through noise) that is juggled, maintained, and nurtured through the interaction of players. The four keep this musical ball aloft for the duration by adding a pulse or trinkle of notes. Parker's signature extended technique, though not as polished then, acts as a fire-starter. Lovens and Kowald are content to turn on, then off their collective intensities. Likewise, Schlippenbach sits silent in parts, while jumping in others with hammered clusters of notes to power this process.

Track Listing

Black Holes; Three Nails Left, for P.L.; The Hidden Peak I; The Hidden Peak II; The Hidden Peak III; The Hidden Peak IV; The Hidden Peak V.

Personnel

Evan Parker: soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone; Alexander von Schlippenbach: piano; Peter Kowald: double-bass; Paul Lovens: percussion, instruments.

Album information

Title: At Quartier Latin | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: FMP Records

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read When You Find It
When You Find It
Arthur White and Merge
Read Rainbow Baby
Rainbow Baby
Cathlene Pineda
Read An Open Dialogue
An Open Dialogue
Linda Sikhakhane
Read Rah! Rah!
Rah! Rah!
The Claire Daly Band
Read Artlessly Falling
Artlessly Falling
Mary Halvorson's Code Girl
Read Hi-Fly
Hi-Fly
Howard University Jazz Ensemble
Read And Then It Rained
And Then It Rained
The Michael O'Neill Quartet

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.