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Martin Blume / Tobias Delius / Achim Kaufmann / Dieter Manderscheid: Frames & Terrains

Read "Frames & Terrains" reviewed by John Sharpe

Previous collaborations between British-born (though to an Argentinean father and a German mother) reedman Tobias Delius and German pianist Achim Kaufmann include appearances in drummer Christian Lillinger's Grund and in the European version of NYC singer Fay Victor's Herbie Nichols project, so their pairing as part of a co-operative quartet on Frames & Terrains is not ...

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French Connections - The Jazzdor Experience

Read "French Connections - The Jazzdor Experience" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Jazzdor is a French festival with two annual editions. The main part is held in the Strasbourg area (France) in November and the other one in Berlin (Germany) in June. Both editions present a considerable number of bilateral and multilateral collaborations; an essential part of the festival's philosophy and policy.

The Strasbourg festival is ...

Forget Old Europe: 15 European Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

Read "Forget Old Europe: 15 European Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Since the first half of the 20th century, the Old Continent has played a pivotal role both in welcoming and supporting jazz artists from the United States. Over the following decades it has expressed generations of passionate musicians with increasingly original languages and ever greater improvisatory skills.

In the 21st century there are countless ...

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Christian Lillinger’s Grund at Cologne Philharmonic

Read "Christian Lillinger’s Grund at Cologne Philharmonic" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Christian Lillinger's Grund
Cologne Philharmonic
Cologne, Germany
March 18, 2017

Many German cities can boast of a vibrant jazz scene. Cologne is one of the most dynamic of them all, with a widespread foundation of educational institutions, popular clubs and broadcasting. Most important, there's a dedicated, cooperative network of well-schooled, non-conforming ...

Olie Brice / Achim Kaufmann: Of Tides

Read "Of Tides" reviewed by John Eyles

Recorded live at The Vortex in December 2014, Of Tides combines London double bassist Olie Brice and German pianist Achim Kaufmann in a duo. Bass and piano is an uncommon combination for a twosome, this one having arisen after the pair initially combined in a trio that also included Roger Turner on percussion. Potential obstacles to ...

Achim Kaufmann, Frank Gratkowski, Wilbert de Joode: Oblengths

Read "Oblengths" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

"L'improvvisazione collettiva è una disciplina che richiede buone orecchie, tempo di reazione immediato e abbondanti qualità musicali." Riportiamo volentieri le parole usate da Kevin Whitehead nel breve saggio che accompagna questo CD, per la loro eloquente intensità. Aggiungiamo che l'ascolto dell'improvvisazione collettiva si avvicina a tale disciplina: prevede buone orecchie, disposizione ad entrare senza timore in ...

Thomas Heberer, Achim Kaufmann: Knoten

Read "Knoten" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Inciso a Berlino a fine 2011, Knoten ci ripropone uno dei musicisti più interessanti della nuova scena jazzistica europea, Thomas Heberer, qui in duo col piano (anche preparato) di Achim Kaufmann, magari poco noto dalle nostre parti, ma che vanta pur sempre collaborazioni con Han Bennink, Mark Dresser, George Lewis, Steve Swallow, Paul Rutherford, Tomász Stanko, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Christian Lillingers Grund: Second Reason

Read "Second Reason" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Quattro anni fa l'etichetta Clean Feed pubblicava First Reason, lavoro d'esordio del batterista Christian Lillinger. Il musicista e compositore berlinese presentava, in quell'occasione, un progetto di commistione tra improvvisazione libera e composizione denominato Grund, che ora ritorna, sempre su etichetta Clean Feed, con un disco che, almeno nel titolo, Second Reason, sceglie di mantenere una certa ...

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Jurgen Friedrich: Monosuite

Read "Monosuite" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Jurgen Friedrich doesn't play a single note of music on Monosuite, but his personality and cognitive bearing are omnipresent. While Friedrich's piano was at the heart of the sound on the trio-based Pollock, he removes his hands from the ivories on this follow-up date, allowing a cadre of string players and a highly flexible foursome ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Achim Kaufmann - Verivyr (Pirouet - 2011) *****

Achim Kaufmann - Verivyr (Pirouet - 2011) *****

By Joe Higham On the first listen to this album I sensed that it would be a strong contender for 5 stars. It's an album that covers everything interesting and important in improvised music. It explores, swings, uses dissonance, melody, it surprises and delights you. In fact it's a lesson in what's not being taught in jazz ...