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Achim Kaufmann

Achim Kaufmann (piano, composer, electronics) was born in Aachen, Germany, and has been living in Amsterdam since 1996. He is involved in a number of different projects, some of them all improvised, some of them featuring his own compositions: His gueuledeloup quartet (with Michael Moore, John Hollenbeck, Henning Sieverts) "melds elements of the free zone with tenderly executed dreamscape type passages" (allaboutjazz) Their two CDs, Gueuledeloup (Red Toucan, 2002) and Double Exposure (Leo, 2000) have been called "models of some of the finest forward-thinking chamber jazz coming out of Europe today." The improvising trio of Achim Kaufmann, Frank Gratkowski and Wilbert de Joode has released two discs so far (on Konnex and on nuscope) and is currently preparing their third release of energetic, multi-layered improvised chamber music. Trio Kamosc (with Michael Moore and Dylan van der Schyff) is another group that mixes composition and improvisation in unique ways, including "blatantly traditional" materials that are treated as found objects. Achim currently works on repertoires for different piano trios which he will record during the course of the year. Besides, he has written music for string quartet and works as a solo performer

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New sounds from Postma, Gould and Shaw

Read "New sounds from Postma,  Gould and Shaw" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show new releases including: The seventh album from Dutch saxophonist Tineke Postma. Her first since 2014,  a come-back album as a leader. Together with trumpeter Ralph Alessi, bassist Matt Brewer, drummer Dan Weiss and featuring pianist Kris Davis she has delivered an excellent set. A remarkable live album from Bill ...

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Robert Landfermann: Topaz

Read "Topaz" reviewed by Don Phipps

A brilliant tour de force, Robert Landfermann's Topaz is helped in no small part by the amazing contributions of the quartet Landfermann assembled for this session. It is clear he prefers spontaneous improvisation over formal structures. The key to such an approach relies on the ability of the musicians to both listen to one another and ...

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Christian Lillinger: Open Form For Society

Read "Open Form For Society" reviewed by Mark Corroto

German drummer and über composer Christian Lillinger might be best known for his ensemble Grund which has released several outstanding recordings since 2009. He can also be found in good company with musicians like Peter Evans, Samo Šalamon, Luís Lopes, Pascal Niggenkemper, Tobias Delius and Achim Kaufmann, to name but a few heavy hitters with whom ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...


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