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Conference Call: Seven: Live @ Firehouse 12

Read "Seven: Live @ Firehouse 12" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The collective quartet Conference Call performs music within the egalitarian principles of jazz as a democracy, confirming that a band can be both leaderless and led by different players without diminishing the quality and character of its music.

A working band since 1998, the lineup of reed player Gebhard Ullmann, pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Conference Call: Evolution of a Burning Bush

Read "Conference Call: Evolution of a Burning Bush" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

Conference Call can be as balanced and beautiful as an intricate organism, and just as soon rage with holy fire. The quartet--consisting of saxophonist Gebhard Ullman, bassist Joe Fonda, drummer George Schuller and pianist Michael Jefry Stevens--perpetually weaves in all three dimensions, as well as in time--its own, and music history's.

Together since ...

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Avant-Jazzers Conference Call Interviewed at All About Jazz

Avant-Jazzers Conference Call Interviewed at All About Jazz

Conference Call can be as balanced and beautiful as an intricate organism, but just as soon rage with holy fire. The quartet—consisting of saxophonist Gebhard Ullman, bassist Joe Fonda, drummer George Schuller and pianist Michael Jefry Stevens—perpetually weaves in all three dimensions, as well as in time—its own, and music history's. Together since the late '90s, the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Conference Call: What About The ...?

Read "What About The ...?" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Conference Call è un quartetto composto da musicisti che negli ultimi vent'anni hanno attraversato in lungo e in largo svariati territori della musica improvvisata. Inutile sottolineare quindi il grande grado di coesione, l'interlplay telepatico e a tratti feroce che contraddistingue l'esibizione dell'ensemble, qui colto dal vivo nell'aprile 2007 al famoso Alchimia di Cracovia, Polonia. What About The ...? contiene tutti gli ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Conference Call: What About...?

Read "What About...?" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

It has been said that live music offers the composer the opportunity to add the final ingredient in the decoction of their creation: the audience. In the case of Conference Call's 2007 concert in Krakow, Poland, documented on the double-disc What About...?, there's the dramatic addition of completely spontaneous, improvisations by one or more of the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Conference Call: What About...?

Read "What About...?" reviewed by Mark Corroto

One of the finest improvising units working today, Conference Call is a complete band, capable of touching all the jazz bases, be they individual or group improvisation, or the performance of composed music. The quintet's sixth release, What About...? is a two-disc session from the band's 10th anniversary tour, and was recorded live at Alchemia in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Conference Call: Poetry In Motion

Read "Poetry In Motion" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il tessuto connettivo che riveste Conference Call è di quelli forti ed elastici allo stesso tempo, grazie ad una fitta trama di relazioni che caratterizzano i percorsi dei quattro musicisti coinvolti. Il formidabile sassofonista e clarinettista tedesco Gebhard Ullmann vanta un sodalizio decennale con il pianista Michael Jefry Stevens, a sua volta co-leader con il bassista Joe Fonda di ...

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Conference Call: Poetry In Motion

Read "Poetry In Motion" reviewed by Budd Kopman



The creation of a work of art is an act of the mind that controls and shapes the medium's components in order to project the artist's sense of life and elicit a reaction from the consumer. In its highest forms, jazz might sound instinctive, but the reality is that years of practice have pushed ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Firehouse 12 to Present Conference Call on September 26th

Firehouse 12 to Present Conference Call on September 26th

On Friday, September 26th, New Haven's Firehouse 12 will present a two set performance by the longstanding jazz collective, Conference Call. The group's all-star line-up of creative music scene veterans includes German multi-reedist Gebhard Ullmann, pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, bassist Joe Fonda and drummer George Schuller. Conference Call is on the road this fall celebrating both ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Conference Call: Poetry in Motion

Read "Poetry in Motion" reviewed by Troy Collins

Poetry in Motion is the fifth album from the collective, Conference Call, and their first studio recording since their debut, Final Answer (Soul Note, 2002). The longstanding quartet, together since 1998, features German multi-reedist Gebhard Ullmann, pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, bassist Joe Fonda and recent drummer George Schuller (former drummers include Han Bennink and Matt Wilson).