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Uwe Oberg, Joe Fonda, Lucía Martínez: Relight

Read "Relight" reviewed by John Sharpe

The presence of bassist Joe Fonda guarantees an outward bound listen which still has some foothold in conventional tonality. On Relight, he joins a multinational threesome completed by German pianist Uwe Oberg and Berlin-based Spanish drummer Lucía Martínez, which stakes its claim at the confluence of jazz and free improvisation, in a concert from the 2019 Just Music Festival in Wiesbaden. Fonda buys into the collective ethos, shared by Oberg and Martínez, which places as much emphasis on percussive textures ...

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Oberg / Mahall / Griener: Lacy Pool_2

Read "Lacy Pool_2" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Pianist Uwe Oberg didn't follow a straight and narrow path when putting together this formidable European trio. There is no bassist, and Rudi Mahall performs solely on clarinets, as most listeners would expect a soprano saxophone to be the mainstay of any band that pays homage to the late, modern-era jazz pioneer Steve Lacy. More importantly, the band, including drummer Michael Griener, mold Lacy's works into their signature group-focused voice, yet duly adhere to his core rhythmic and melodic fundamentals, ...

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Uwe Oberg, Frank Paul Schubert, Wilbert de Joode, Mark Sanders: Rope

Read "Rope" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Si è soliti definire l'improvvisazione senza rete, nelle sue manifestazioni più alte, come composizione istantanea, in tempo reale. Non è sempre così: ciò accade infatti quando chi abbraccia tale insidiosa pratica, intanto non dimentica mai questo assunto, cioè che trattasi di pratica insidiosa, da condurre con attenzione certosina e costante ascolto reciproco (salvo che l'improvvisatore non sia solitaria, nel qual caso le attenzioni devono comunque essere altre, non necessariamente meno stringenti), e poi che, conseguentemente o meno, i musicisti impegnati ...

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Uwe Oberg - Frank Paul Schubert - Wilbert de Joode - Mark Sanders: Rope

Read "Rope" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

These upper-echelon European improvisers offer a grab bag of tasty treats in front of an audience at the Festival Just Music in Wiesbaden, Germany. This 2015 performance consists of three works, but the 35-minute opener “Drifter," is a tour de force amid a macrocosm of delicate phrasings, succinct shadings, ethereal background treatments and scorching, climactically driven buildups. Essentially, they keep you on the edge. Frank Paul Schubert's darting and weaving soprano sax lines and pianist Uwe Oberg's multifaceted ...

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Uwe Oberg: Work

Read "Work" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Work is a fully realized solo recording by German pianist Owe Oberg. He makes a strong case, in the six tracks/eight compositions, for his overflowing abundance of skill and resourcefulness. Recorded in 2008, this disc comes to light (why the wait?) now, with the release of Turns (Leo, 2016) with Silke Eberhard and another solo record Twice, At Least (Leo, 2015).Like his previous disc for Hatology, Lacy Pool (2006), the music and sound quality are given top priority. ...

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