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Alexander von Schlippenbach

Alexander von Schlippenbach - piano, composer One of Europe's premier free jazz bandleaders, pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach's music mixes free and contemporary classical elements, with his slashing solos often the link between the two in his compositions. Schlippenbach formed The Globe Unity Orchestra in 1966 to perform the piece"Globe Unity,which had been commissioned by the Berliner Jazztage. He remained involved with the orchestra into the '80s. Schlippenbach began taking lessons at eight, and studied at the Staatliche Hochschule for Musik in Cologne with composers Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Rudolf Petzold. He played with Gunther Hampel in 1963, and was in Manfred Schoof's quintet from 1964 to 1967. Schlippenbach began heading various bands after 1967, among them 1970 trio with Evan Parker and Paul Lovens and a duo with Sven-Ake Johansson which they co-formed in 1976. Schlippenbach has also given many solos performances. In the late '80s, he formed the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, which has featured a number of esteemed European avant-garde jazz musicians including Evan Parker, Paul Lovens, KennyWheeler, Misha Mengelberg and Aki Takase. During the 90`s Duo work with Tony Oxley, Sam Rivers and Aki Takase. The year 1999 he started performance and radiorecording of Thelonius Monks complete works,(all the compositions) with Rudi Mahall and his group. Awards: "Kunstpreis der Stadt Berlin "(1976)," Schallplattenpreise der UDJ"(1980/1981), "Albert Mangelsdorff Preis" (1994) At present activity: "SCHLIPPENBACH TRIO" "MONKS CASINO" "GLOBE UNITY ORCHESTRA" "LOK.03" "PIANO SOLO " "DUO WITH AKI TAKASE " The German Record Critics Award : "Monks Casino" 2005/3 The "SWR-Jazz Award" 2007

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Pandelis Karayorgis Double Trio: CliffPools

Read "CliffPools" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Visit any dog park and you'll notice canines need no instruction on how to play together. Chasing the ball, chasing each other, or investigating a pond is quite instinctive for our furry friends. Apologies for equating the master musicians heard on CliffPools with a pack of dogs, but a ferocious struggle for dominance this is not. ...

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New music from Wojtek Mazolewski

Read "New music from Wojtek Mazolewski" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show the featured release is the latest album by Wojtek Mazolewski Following the rhapsodic response to his debut Whirlwind release--a deluxe edition of Polka which, internationally, broke through into dance clubs and rock and indie festivals--the double bassist now focuses attention on the music of his compatriot Krzysztof Komeda (1931--1969), a legend ...

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Uwe Oberg, Joe Fonda, Lucía Martínez: Relight

Read "Relight" reviewed by John Sharpe

The presence of bassist Joe Fonda guarantees an outward bound listen which still has some foothold in conventional tonality. On Relight, he joins a multinational threesome completed by German pianist Uwe Oberg and Berlin-based Spanish drummer Lucía Martínez, which stakes its claim at the confluence of jazz and free improvisation, in a concert from the 2019 ...

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Schlippenbach / Narvesen Duo: Liminal Field

Read "Liminal Field" reviewed by John Sharpe

Liminal Field is the alluring second album from the intergenerational duo of German pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach and Norwegian drummer Dag Magnus Narvesen, following on from the limited edition LP Interweaving (Not Two, 2018). A veteran of the European free movement, Schlippenbach is revered for leading the Globe Unity Orchestra, his long standing trio with Evan ...

Liminal Field

Label: Not Two Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Relay Extempore; Reveries In Monochrome; Morphing Monk; Brass Tacks.

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Liquid Quintet: Bouquet

Read "Bouquet" reviewed by John Sharpe

After three albums by his Liquid Trio, Catalan pianist Agustí Fernández augments the regular line up of drummer Ramon Prats and saxophonist Albert Cirera with guests bassist Barry Guy and reedman Don Malfon. In the liner notes, Fernández traces the original threesome's lineage back to the Alexander von Schlippenbach Trio and, by implication, to their forebears, ...

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Aki Takase: In The River's Flow

Read "Aki Takase:  In The River's Flow" reviewed by Ian Patterson

After forty plus years of recording and touring Aki Takase could be forgiven for easing up a little, for pulling back on the reins. Instead, the Japanese pianist/composer's creative fire is burning as strongly as ever. Since turning seventy in 2018, Takase has released five albums--four in 2019 alone. This output of creative energy showcases the ...

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Vilnius Jazz 2019

Read "Vilnius Jazz 2019" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Vilnius Jazz 2019 Russian Drama Theatre jny:Vilnius, Lithuania October 16-20, 2019 Is a jazz festival primarily about entertainment, or is it meant to challenge the expectations of its audience? Does programming risk mean financial suicide? What responsibility does a festival have to promote young, emerging talent? What place do women ...

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Brötzmann / Schlippenbach / Bennink: Fifty Years After...

Read "Fifty Years After..." reviewed by Mark Corroto

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the game changing recording Machine Gun (BRÖ, 1968), saxophonist Peter Brötzmann recruited drummer Han Bennink from the original session, plus pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach. While Schlippenbach wasn't in the house for Machine Gun (the pianist was Fred Van Hove), he can be heard on the Peter Brötzmann Group's fully automatic ...


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