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Norbert Stein: We Are

Read "We Are" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Venerable German saxophonist, composer Norbert Stein's various ensemble manifestations draw inspiration from the work of 19th century scientist, Dr. Faustroll who developed the 'pata physics' theory, defined as a science centered on “unreal logic." Here, the artist leads a quartet under the moniker “Pata Messengers," which is a semi-free program framed on linear thematic sequences that contain underlying melodic content with spacious intervals and rhythmically complex unison runs. Certain works spark notions of Ornette Coleman's harmolodic principles as ...

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Norbert Stein: Pata On The Cadillac

Read "Pata On The Cadillac" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

German tenor saxophonist Norbert Stein is a distinguished composer and leader. He can prompt laughter, despair, and mesmerize the listener via regimented arrangements, sparked by difficult time signatures and multilayered sound mosaics. A self-described patamusician, inferring the Pataphysics movement started in 1948 by French playwright Alfred Jarry, Stein proffers an existential realm of thought, equated to Pata's science of imaginary solutions. The artist's long-running band essentially pulls out the stops throughout this affair, brimming with attractive melodies, ...

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Norbert Stein Pata, Horns & Drums: Silent Sitting Bulls

Read "Silent Sitting Bulls" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

German saxophonist Norbert Stein's hefty discography surrounds French journalist Alfred Jarry's pseudoscience of pataphysics amid many existential relations of art, life and human imagination. With his various Pata-based ensembles, Stein's music intimates comprehensive manipulations of jazz and world music. Organic, yet equipped with brute force tactics, the saxophonist's compositions boats a native stylistic component, hugely evident on Silent Sitting Bulls. The respective band members play a vital role in the rhythmic factor and they incorporate a curiously interesting ...

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Norbert Stein / Pata Generators: Direct Speech

Read "Direct Speech" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Since 1986 German saxophonist Norbert Stein has issued fifteen albums under his emblematic Pata Music moniker, which is based on Frenchman Alfred Jarry's ideologies pertaining to physics and unreal logic, among other factors. In turn, Stein's compositional prowess includes what he refers to as “composed spheres," enacted by the soloists' options to rearrange various movements of a given piece. And while Stein is not widely known in the USA, his muse and methodologies often signify a higher level of progressive-jazz, ...

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Norbert Stein: Graffiti Suite

Read "Norbert Stein: Graffiti Suite" reviewed by Lyn Horton

Norbert Stein Graffiti Suite Pata Music 2006

Interaction among separate elements can have greater impact than the individual actions of those elements. The process is called synergy. Synergy works on all levels and is an important factor behind the successful outcomes that can emerge from collaborative effort--and it can be powerfully productive when individuals get together to make music.

Composer/conductor/musician Norbert Stein's double-disc Graffiti Suite, performed by the NDR (North German Broadcasting) ...

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Norbert Stein: Pata Masters - Live In Australia

Read "Pata Masters - Live In Australia" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

A resident of Cologne, Germany - saxophonist/bandleader Norbert Stein’s microcosmic view of nineteenth century scientist, Dr. Faustroll’s “Pata” physics intimates a metaphorical musical translation. Whereas the crux of the matter pertains to the band’s singular characteristics!

While Stein serves as the composer and tenor saxophonist, the band is a multitasking machine, as the soloists toggle between drums, percussion, EFX, mallets, flutes and so on. They engage in a blitzing frenzy, marked by pulsating rhythms during the opener, “Parliament ...

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Norbert Stein with videotraces by Reinhold Knieps: Pata Blue Chip

Read "Pata Blue Chip" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

German saxophonist, composer, band-leader and technologist Norbert Stein along with his often compelling musical visions are based upon the late surrealist Alfred Jarry’s – Pataphysics – theories and writings as Stein’s lucid and often stirring musical concepts vary from one project to the other. Stein’s latest effort is a thirty-four minute enhanced CD consisting of electronics and “videotraces” provided by his associate Reinhold Knieps as Pata Blue Chip offers the willing listener an interesting concoction of four futuristic-type works that ...

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Norbert Stein: Pata Maroc

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On Pata Maroc Norbert Stein and the Pata Masters take us on a caravan of sorts as they transport us to Marrakesh, the capital of the sultans and a major rail and trade center. From there we head to the Atlantic coast and arrive at Rabat, the capitol of Morocco. Here, saxophonist-composer Norbert Stein invites the listener to join him and his band on a voyage to this mystical and often mysterious land. Along with Michael Rusenberg’s vivid soundscapes the ...

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Norbert Stein: News Of Roi Ubu

Read "News Of Roi Ubu" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Writer Ulrich Kurth states in the liners...”(Norbert) Stein designs sounds and structures that are full of association with passages that almost seem to be rituals with their own peculiar musical language that comes from a variety of sources”. A fair description indeed! Saxophonist-composer Norbert Stein has been at the forefront of Europe’s independent creative-free music establishments while organizing his own label, called “Pata” which he refers to as – new archaic music. News Of Roi Ubu, denotes somewhat of a ...