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Michel Doneda & Alexander Frangenheim: Murmuration (Doneda & Frangenheim)

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Murmuration is the fruit of a long collaboration between the German double bassist Alexander Frangenheim and French saxophonist Michel Doneda. Born in Wuppertal in 1959, Frangenheim has a varied history, as illustrated by past appearances with the Cecil Taylor Ensemble and the Cecil Taylor Workshop Ensemble during Taylor's renowned 1988 residency in jny:Berlin, and also as a member of the large ensemble Zeitkratzer, with whom Lou Reed recorded a live version of his Metal Machine Music (RCA Victor, 1975) in ...

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NAIL (Doneda Frangenheim Turner): NAIL in Ulrichsberg

Read "NAIL in Ulrichsberg" reviewed by John Eyles

The trio of saxophonist Michel Doneda, double bassist Alexander Frangenheim and drummer Roger Turner has been together for about three years, long enough for the cosmopolitan threesome (French, German, British, respectively) to decide upon a suitably short, snappy name instead of the roll call of their surnames. So, we welcome NAIL and their first album NAIL in Ulrichsberg on the bassist's own label, Concepts of Doing. Recorded by Frangenheim, on October 7th 2022, at Jazzatelier Ulrichsberg, the album comprises four ...

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Michel Doneda: Path Under

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Artist Cécile Picquot's micro-label releases limited editions of fifteen copies of improvised music, each of them housed in a unique numbered cardboard cover hand-painted and signed by Picquot. Although such items go like hot cakes and are hard to find, the musicians have access to more plainly dressed copies. Path Under is French saxophonist Michel Doneda's second appearance on the label, the first having been Bows and Arrows (Micro-label, 2021) composed and performed by the saxophone trio of Doneda on ...

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Pascal Battus / Michel Doneda: Miracle

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Following hard on the heels of Sillons -Reflets by Patricia Bosshard, Onceim and CoÔ, the first album from the Potlatch label since its lone release in 2019, it is a pleasure to welcome the label's second release of 2021, Miracle by the duo of Pascal Battus and Michel Doneda. Each of them has a long history with Potlatch; Doneda first recorded for the label in 1998 on the solo soprano saxophone album Anatomie Des Clefs, and before this one his ...

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Michel Doneda/Jack Wright/Tatsuya Nakatani: From Between

Read "From Between" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Once, a very long time ago, “jazz" was about “that swing." The substance without which it didn't mean a thing manifested itself externally in the rhythms, the walk, the “fashion" of the hipster. Once co-opted by Madison Avenue, jazz then kept its hipness either well-hidden or moved it constantly like a weapon of mass destruction.

That knowing hipness today has no public face, fashion, or spokesman. It is to be found in the open-ended, hit-and-sometimes-miss music of free ...

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Michel Doneda: Anatomie des clefs

Read "Anatomie des clefs" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

On “Anatomie des clefs”, Michel Doneda presents himself as a one man “idea-factory”. Doneda, a highly regarded European improviser performs solo soprano sax within the framework of 3 lengthy pieces. Doneda’s resume is quite impressive. Extensive work with bassist Barre Philipps, guitarist Elliot Sharp, saxophonist Lol Coxhill, collaborations with actors, poets and improvisational institutions in France.

The opener “Creux actif” is a 31 minute piece which features the hypnotic blowing sound of air flowing through his soprano sax transcending into ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

NAIL in Ulrichsberg

Concepts of Doing


Path Under




Potlatch Records



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