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Gunter Baby Sommer: Baby's Party

Read "Baby's Party" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The music from the German duo of Günter Baby Sommer and Till Brönner is best described as gestural, meaning the pair utilizes posture and body movement to effect an oratory--in this case the somatic nature of Sommer's drum and percussion work and the flow of breath through Brönner's trumpet and flugelhorn. On the occasion of Sommer's 75th birthday year Brönner, nearly thirty years his junior, joins the master for eleven inventive and sometimes muscular tracks. Opening with “Apéro ...

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Gunter Baby Sommer: Kommeno - A Threnody

Read "Gunter Baby Sommer: Kommeno - A Threnody" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Seventy years ago, the small village of Kommeno in Greece experienced a tragedy from which it has never really recovered. What happened there on August 16, 1943 was not unusual in the context of a war pursued by an enemy determined to stamp out all opposition. Other towns in Greece and its islands, such as Distomon and Kalavrita, had suffered similar fates--just as other towns and villages far beyond Europe would endure comparable evils in later wars. But one thing ...

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Sommer / Yannatou / Floridis / Voulgaris / Kastanis: Songs for Kommeno

Read "Songs for Kommeno" reviewed by John Eyles

Songs for Kommeno was recorded between March 2011 and April 2012, as a homage to the village of Kommeno on the west coast of Greece. In 1943, soldiers of the German Wehrmacht massacred 317 of Kommeno's civilian inhabitants and torched the village. A 156-page book accompanies the CD, containing first-person accounts detailing the experiences of a few survivors of the German occupation of Greece who later went to Germany as migrant (or “guest") workers. They reveal the potential for resentment ...

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Gunter Baby Sommer: Live In Jerusalem

Read "Live In Jerusalem" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Legendary German jazz and improvising drummer Gunter Baby Sommer's boundless creative sparks and superior technical ability are well-documented. He's a quintessential innovator, largely within the European progressive jazz and avant-garde strata. On Live in Jerusalem, he aligns with an alternating ensemble that ignites a veritable firestorm amid some temperately organized passages. On “Yo Yo Yo," Sommer's adventurism is prolifically accentuated. Bass clarinetist Yoni Silver's deep intonation and edgy intro is followed by the quartet's' tension-building motifs, firmly nestled ...

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Gunter Baby Sommer / Manfred Schoof / Gianluigi Trovesi / Barre Phillips: Peitzer Grand Mit Vieren

Read "Peitzer Grand Mit Vieren" reviewed by Andrey Henkin

This 1981 live set, taken from the Jazzwerkstatt Peitz at one time the biggest jazz festival in Germany outside of Berlin, organized by Ulli Blobel and Peter Metag, is a discographist's dream. It presents the earliest official recording of bassist Barre Phillips playing with trumpeter Manfred Schoof (predating Gunter Hampel's Jubilation (Birth, 1983) by over two years) and drummer Günter Baby Sommer (a trio date, Reserve (FMP, 1989), with Peter Brötzmann, was recorded in November 1988). Additionally, it is a ...


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