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Alexander von Schlippenbach

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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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David Virelles, Kirk Knuffke, Nicolas Chientraroli & Nduduzo Makhathini

Read "David Virelles, Kirk Knuffke, Nicolas Chientraroli & Nduduzo Makhathini" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Excellent new keyboard releases highlight this edition of OMJ, ranging from musical neo-archaeologist David Virelles, George Burton, Argentina's Nicolás Chientaroli, South African Nduduzo Makhathini to the Italian trio Katharsis. Debuts from a couple of drummers are also featured--Anthony Fung and Swizerland's Florian Arbenz. Cornetist Kirk Knuffke's new Gravity Without Airs should be headed for much praise. ...

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Rodrigo Amado Northern Liberties: We Are Electric

Read "We Are Electric" reviewed by John Sharpe


Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado hits the jackpot with the debut by his Northern Liberties quartet. He's found gifted collaborators in the Norwegian threesome of trumpeter Thomas Johansson, drummer Gard Nilssen and bassist Jon Rune Strøm. Amado's preferred domain is muscular free jazz. It's territory he's thoroughly explored with his Motion Trio, supplemented by guests like trumpeter ...

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Total Music Association: Walpurgisnacht

Read "Walpurgisnacht" reviewed by John Sharpe


German free jazz enjoys a celebrated history. But while the likes of Peter Brötzmann, Alexander von Schlippenbach and Albert Mangelsdorff are among the marquee names, there's a whole other strata of lesser known entities. Among them is the short-lived Total Music Association, whose only LP, Walpurgisnacht, constitutes a revelatory reissue by the Lithuanian NoBusiness imprint. It ...

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Tubby Hayes At The Hopbine And More

Read "Tubby Hayes At The Hopbine And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


The featured album is a classic recording of Tubby Hayes, in blistering form, live at the Hopbine in London in 1969. Alongside this there are new releases from across the jazz world from Samuel Mosching, Chris Morrisey, Mario Laginha, Martin Freiberg, Jazz Station Big Band, John Hébert, Roddy Elias, Julieta Eugenio, and Bernie Senensky. Stunning improvisation ...

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Rodrigo Amado Northern Liberties: We Are Electric

Read "We Are Electric" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The predicament with modern albums is that an album is often more than just one album. With the advent of streaming music, and compact discs before it, music expands beyond the unit we traditionally designated as side one or side two of an LP. A perfect example of this concept is We Are Electric by the ...

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Marta Warelis / Frank Rosaly / Aaron Lumley / John Dikeman: Sunday At De Ruimte

Read "Sunday At De Ruimte" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Is it a pilgrimage or just magnetism that draws improvising artists to Amsterdam? If you've read Kevin Whitehead's book New Dutch Swing (Billboard Books, 1998), you'll understand the open atmosphere and creative jazz scene which began there in the 1960s. It was a scene sown by America's New Thing in free jazz, but also one that ...

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Silke Everhard Trio: Being The Up And Down

Read "Being The Up And Down" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Sometimes one must pass through the flames to get free. That thought has shadowed the career of Silke Eberhard. The saxophonist has been consumed with the firebrands Eric Dolphy, Charles Mingus, and Ornette Coleman for years now. She has recorded Dolphy's complete oeuvre with her band Potsa Lotsa, both in small and large configurations. Covered Mingus ...

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Soojin Suh, Damon Locks, Gretchen Parlato, Daniele Sepe & Other New Releases

Read "Soojin Suh, Damon Locks, Gretchen Parlato, Daniele Sepe & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we feature plenty of jazz for social justice, exciting piano players and young ensembles, unearthed live gems that are coming out during these COVID times both to remind us of the power of live music and to remedy the lack of new live recordings, and the album that confirms Gretchen Parlato's role in the ...

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Alexander von Schlippenbach: Slow Pieces for Aki

Read "Slow Pieces for Aki" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Che Alexander von Schlippenbach non sia più il pianista incendiario e irriverente dei suoi anni d'oro, quando s'impose fra i padri nobili del radicalismo free di marca europea (ma anche per un bel po' dopo), lo sappiamo ormai da tempo. Questo suo nuovo lavoro solitario, dedicato alla moglie Aki Takase, ce lo conferma nella maniera più ...


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