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Markus Stockhausen / Florian Weber: Alba

Read "Alba" reviewed by John Kelman

Sixteen years have passed since Markus Stockhausen was last heard on an ECM recording, but the German trumpeter (and son of renowned composer, Karlheinz Stockhausen) has continued to lead a busy life. The core trio behind 2000's exceptional Karta--notable, in addition to guitarist Terje Rypdal's participation as invited guest, for being largely based on one 90-minute collective improvisation, from which seven of its eleven tracks were excised into fully-formed pieces (despite being pulled from the ether)--continued to work together. Joyosa ...

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Markus Stockhausen & Florian Weber: Alba

Read "Alba" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Alba--the first Markus Stockhausen recording for ECM since Karta (ECM, 2000)--is the premiere recording of trumpeter Stockhausen's duo with pianist Florian Weber, a relationship that spun off from Markus' six-piece world music ensemble Eternal Voyage. Initially Stockhausen wrote all of the material, but as the relationship grew Weber contributed tunes: there are also several impromptu performances in this set. After some early experiments with electronics the pair decided that they sounded stronger playing acoustically, making this an all-acoustic album.

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Markus Stockhausen / Vladyslav Sendecki / Arild Andersen / Patrice Heral: Electric Treasures

Read "Electric Treasures" reviewed by John Kelman

It's not uncommon to find bassists and drummers who work together so well that they become almost inseparable; often hired together because of their distinctive simpatico. It's rarer to find full groups with their own signature, expanding their vernacular by recruiting others for alternate ideas. Trumpeter Markus Stockhausen, bassist Arild Andersen and percussionist Patrice Heral have been working together since 1998 but, despite a singular aesthetic, it's their guest collaborators who have helped build a small but diverse body of ...

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Ferenc Snetberger / Markus Stockhausen: Streams

Read "Streams" reviewed by John Kelman

Hungarian born/German based guitarist Ferenc Snétberger and German trumpeter Markus Stockhausen have been making music together for many years, most recently on Joyosa (Enja, 2004), where they were joined by Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen and French percussionist Patrice Héral. Joyosa, a cooperative focusing on the writing of everyone involved, contrasts sharply with Karta (ECM, 2000) where the trio of Stockhausen, Andersen and Héral recruited electric guitarist Terje Rypdal instead of Snétberger and, with live electronics also a part of the ...

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Stockhausen - Comisso - Thome: Es war einmal

Read "Es war einmal" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

German trumpeter and composer Markus Stockhausen doesn't rest on his famous father and classical composer Karlheinz Stockhausen's laurels. With a hearty discography for this record label amid stints for ECM Records, ENJA and other well-known Germany-based outlets, the trumpeter has crafted a stylistic persona within the progressive jazz idiom.

On Es war einmal Stockhausen leads a bass-less trio, armed with golden-toned sound and lyrically charged articulations. His penchant for morphing variable tones and pitches spawns into multidirectional frameworks, ...

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Stockhausen/Snetberger/Andersen/Heral: Joyosa

Read "Joyosa" reviewed by John Kelman

The sign of true artistry in music is the ability to transcend boundaries and be as broad as possible. While there are those who work endlessly to hone the finer points of a particular style, arguably the ones who make the most impact are those who can rise above disposition and blend into any context. Even more remarkable is a group of musicians who have already created a work in a specific genre, and show the capability of migrating as ...

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Stockhausen/Andersen/Heral/Rypdal: Karta

Read "Karta" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Trumpeter Markus Stockhausen (son of contemporary composer Karlheinz Stockhausen), bassist Arlid Anderson and percussionist/live electronics performer Patrice Heral have been touring as a unit since 1998. However, at the behest of ECM producer Manfred Eicher, the inestimable Norwegian electric guitarist Terje Rypdal joins the trio for the inaugural Karta, which is Sanskrit for “higher power," as the musicians do, indeed, perform with an elevated sense of vitality.

The quartet executes multihued tonalities in concert with exasperating ...


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