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Alexander von Schlippenbach / Aki Takase: Live At Cafe Amores

Read "Live At Cafe Amores" reviewed by John Sharpe

The Lithuanian NoBusiness imprint has unearthed another gem from the vaults of the Japanese Chap Chap label. Live At Cafe Amores represents the third duet recording from the husband-and-wife pairing of pianists Alexander von Schlippenbach and Aki Takase, but the first where they share the same instrument. Such a situation was perhaps only possible for an entire concert because of their already strong relationship. But the supposed limitation of four hands at one keyboard doesn't constrain, so much as promote, ...

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Schlippenbach Trio: Warsaw Concert

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There can't be too many outfits still going strong after 44 years, especially with an unchanged roster. But that's exactly the situation German pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach faces with his trio of countryman Paul Lovens on the drum stool and the legendary Evan Parker on tenor saxophone, give or take an occasional bassist. As a consequence they travel in uncharted territory, tasked with finding their own solutions to the challenge of keeping the music fresh and meaningful. While there are ...

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Paul Hubweber / Frank Paul Schubert / Alexander von Schlippenbach / Clayton Thomas / Willi Kellers: Intricacies

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As titles go, Intricacies stands as one of the more appropriate. Not so much in the sense of obscurity or being difficult to understand, but rather with reference to the entanglements engendered by the ear stretching five way interplay. Recorded in the German capital's B-Flat club in early 2014 the 2 CD set captures a multi-generational crew of Berlin-based improvisers on two lengthy spontaneously generated tracks and a shorter encore. What they create is recognizably free jazz, in that rhythmic ...

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Schlippenbach Trio: Features

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In a change of pace from their previous outing--the superb long form concert recording Bauhaus Dessau (Intakt, 2010) -the longstanding Schlippenbach Trio has created a program of 15 concise improvisations, captured during a two day stopover in Zurich during their customary winter tour schedule. Such practice stands as far from unprecedented in the unit's 43 year history. Inevitably they have mellowed since their early days (after all both pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach and saxophonist Evan Parker are over 70 now) ...

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Aki Takase / Rudi Mahall and the Alexander von Schlippenbach Trio: London, UK, January 26, 2012

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Aki Takase / Rudi Mahall and the Alexander von Schlippenbach TrioThe VortexLondonJanuary 26, 2012 The last week in January at north London's Vortex was given over to a mini-festival curated by saxophonist Evan Parker, genteelly entitled “Might I Suggest." Sponsored by the Goethe Institute, it showcased several German-based musicians rarely seen in the UK. On paper at least, the highlight appeared to be the double bill showcasing in two contrasting halves, the husband-and-wife team of ...

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Schlippenbach Quartet: At Quartier Latin

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Released as part of the limited edition box FMP im Rückblick--in Retrospect (1969 - 2010), this recording by pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach's Quartet, At Quartier Latin, is an incomparable time capsule that documents a crucial period in European improvisation and the development of today's jazz luminaries. Available separately from the 12-CD box, this disc brings together two live recordings--originally released as The Hidden Peak (FMP, 1977) and Three Nails Left (FMP, 1975)--featuring Schlippenbach's trio, which was regularly expanded ...

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Schlippenbach Trio: Bauhaus Dessau

Read "Bauhaus Dessau" reviewed by Nic Jones

The Schlippenbach Trio is now decades old; perhaps it's not surprising there are only a few improvised music groups that have lasted that long. In this trio's case the matter of pedigree goes without saying, but whether or not the depth of their familiarity with each others' work makes for sterile, unrewarding music, is a question that easily comes to mind. On this occasion it isn't, as it's far from sterile and unrewarding. Evan Parker, in particular, ...

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Alexander von Schlippenbach, Aki Takase and Rudi Mahall: Betting on Tradition

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European improvisation began to set itself apart when it built its own tradition, drawing from folk forms and concert music rather than providing provincial answers to questions posed by Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk or Duke Ellington. Of course, all these figures factored into the music of players like trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff, drummer Gil Cuppini and reed player John Surman, but it was their geography and local traditions that made their approaches different. German pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach has been at ...

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Alexander von Schlippenbach: Piano Solo '77

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Pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach hasn't so much refined his art over the course of his decades-long career as he has redefined his musical personality according to the demands of the setting he's working in and the musical company he's keeping. While that suggests adaptability, that tendency is tempered by the simultaneous singularity of his musical personality. This recital from 1977 is, therefore, a record of a work in progress, just as any recording of this pianist's trio is with saxophonist ...

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Alexander von Schlippenbach's 70th Birthday Year

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In the year which saw him turn seventy (on April 7th 2008), pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach released these three very different recordings which amply demonstrate that he is still at the peak of his powers whatever the context. The year also saw Schlippenbach tour the UK with drummer and percussionist Eddie Prevost, and a record of their Blackheath duo concert (entitled Blackheath) was released on Matchless.

Schlippenbach Trio Gold is where you find it Intakt

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Alexander von Schlippenbach: Piano Solo '77

Read "Piano Solo '77" reviewed by Henry Smith

Pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach has been a mainstay of the European free jazz scene for nearly as long as it has existed, playing with Gunther Hampel and Manfred Schoof in the mid-'60s while forming the still active Globe Unity Orchestra in 1966. His trio with Paul Lovens and Evan Parker has been active since the early '70s, marking a career that has permeated many corners of the European avant-garde.

Piano Solo '77 collects four improvisations from ...

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Schlippenbach Trio: Gold Is Where You Find It

Read "Gold Is Where You Find It" reviewed by Nic Jones

As this trio is decades into its existence, readers and potential listeners might be forgiven for thinking that the trio's collective music is losing some of its power. This, however, is far from the case. There's kinetic energy about some of the performances here but that sense is tempered by the group's distinctly non-formulaic understanding of each other as musicians. The resulting mutual understanding amounts to something far in excess of the number of participants in terms of profundity.

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