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Gebhard Ullmann/Basement Research: Hat And Shoes (Gebhard Ullmann/Basement Research)

Read "Hat And Shoes (Gebhard Ullmann/Basement Research)" reviewed by Budd Kopman


Multi-reed player Gebhard Ullmann celebrated his fiftieth birthday in 2007 with the release of New Basement Research, a powerful recording which had personnel changed from the earlier releases of this project. For those new to Ullmann, see this retrospective. Hat And Shoes celebrates a number of milestones: Ullmann's fiftieth release as a leader or co-leader and the twentieth year of the Basement Research project itself, which started with the eponymous Soul Note release from 1995.

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Gebhard Ullmann/Basement Research: Hat And Shoes

Read "Hat And Shoes" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Without a doubt, German multi-woodwind ace Gebhard Ullmann is one of the busiest artists within the global jazz network. Hat & Shoes celebrates his Basement Research band's 20th anniversary and the artist's 50th CD as a co-leader and leader, including his other ensembles --Conference Call and the Clarinet Trio. The all-star quintet ups the ante via its intensely wrought force-field and crafty deportment, compiled with spirited group evolvements. The three-man horn section's deterministic mode of operations, offer rousing ...

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Gebhard Ullmann/Basement Research: Hat And Shoes

Read "Hat And Shoes" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Saxophonist Gebhard Ullmann might be the German equivalent of Chicago's Ken Vandermark. Both players are influential composers and both maintain multiple creative ensembles in Europe and the United States. Like Vandermark, Ullmann's catalog is vast. Hat And Shoes is his 50th release as a leader or co- leader, and this band Basement Research have put out seven titles.Similar to the now defunct Vandermark 5, Basement Research's quintet features a smart balance between composed and improvised music. Ullman's choice ...


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