193

Gunter Hampel Group: Music From Europe

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count
Gunter Hampel Group: Music From Europe

Gunter Hampel (vibraphone, bass clarinet and flute) grew up studying German folk and European classical music. When he was eight he heard Louis Armstrong and jazz for the first time. Though he did not understand a word of English, he felt Armstrong communicating with him. This had an indelible influence and Hampel went on to win several jazz competitions. Hampel became a professional jazz musician in 1958 when he was 21. His ideas moved in a different direction from Armstrong, blowing in the billows of free jazz across Europe.



Given his direction and his innovations, it is not surprising that Hampel drew several musicians into his sphere of influence, including Anthony Braxton. He has performed with Marion Brown, Enrico Rava and Manfred Schoof among a wide range of free jazz votaries. Here he is joined with the young multi-reed player Willem Breuker, who would go on to carve his own indelible niche particularly with his 10 piece ensemble, Kollektief.



Hampel says that this music is designed to communicate. In doing so he opens the floodgates for the musicians, letting them take the written note and expound on it.



Breuker and Hampel are protagonists as well as antagonists. They find a compact terrain in composition as well as the hotbed of intense improvisation. "Assemblage" with seven segments has Hampel's vibes settling into the melody and soaking in without extending the body. That's the calm before the storm as the quartet opens out with Breuker blowing molten lines and Hampel cutting in with undulating notes on the flute. It's raw and earthy, and certainly a pointer to the direction that both Hampel and Breuker would develop and take with them.



"Make Love Not War to Everybody" is divided into four parts. Each lends itself to a different point of performance all rolled into the fabric of free expression. And so the Chinese cymbal is bowed, they raise their voices in wordless song and find solace in the assemblage on the last part which throbs from the deep feeling they bring in.



It was early days for Hampel but his music had more than an element of discovery that made it persuasive.


Track Listing: Assemblage: Disassociation, Consolation, Renunciation, Modul, Esotheric, Epiphany, Turbulence; Heroicredolphysiognomystery; Make Love Not War to Everybody.

Personnel: Willem Breuker: soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet; Gunter Hampel: vibraphone, bass clarinet, flute; Piet Veening: bass; Pierre Courbois: percussion.

Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: ESP Disk


Shop

More Articles

Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Love Dance CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Honest Woman CD/LP/Track Review Honest Woman
by James Nadal
Published: February 20, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Signature" CD/LP/Track Review Signature
by Chris Mosey
Published: August 17, 2016
Read "Life" CD/LP/Track Review Life
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 16, 2016
Read "Invisible Man" CD/LP/Track Review Invisible Man
by Anthony Shaw
Published: June 2, 2016
Read "I Walk Amongst Humans" CD/LP/Track Review I Walk Amongst Humans
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: August 3, 2016
Read "Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow" CD/LP/Track Review Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 16, 2016
Read "Equal Poise" CD/LP/Track Review Equal Poise
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 17, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!