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German multi-woodwind artist Gebhard Ullmann is a resourceful performer who's often willing to explore jazz improvisation within diverse groups. Known for pushing the envelope, the artist and his trio explore the lower-register realm on this studio set.
Ullmann's use of bass clarinet and bass flute serves as the underpinning for his exchanges with bassist Chris Dahlgren. Entrenched within free improvisation, the trio explores cyclical themes and injects mood-evoking sensations into numerous movements. Dahlgren's added electronics convey a sludgy bass sound in certain spots, which presents a myriad of curiously interesting propositions. At times the trio indulges in quiet and largely subliminal interactions. But Ullmann turns up the heat on pieces where he sports a raspy bass clarinet tone, often paralleling Dahlgren's dense lines and snaky arco passages.
Cut It Out is sort of a holistic electro-organic mix, marked by push and pull techniques and tumultuous overtures. For example, Ullmann whips matters into a frenzy during the soaring "No Mouthpiece. And on "Walking Under Trains, the trio abides by a loose groove framework, complete with Jay Rosen's budding rhythms and slap-dab cymbal work. Sure enough, this trio resides within the proverbial cutting-edge echelon of modern jazz.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.