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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

Slow Pieces For Aki: Piano Solo

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Haru No Yuki (Frulling Im Schnee); Improvisation I; Torso; Improvisation II; Improvisation III; Tell You; Improvisation IV; Cleo; Improvisation V; Naniga Nandemo; Improvisation VI; A-Blues; Blues b; Improvisation VII; I Told You; Improvisation VIII; Improvisation IX; Dydo; Improvisation X; Frage Nicht; Zycado.

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Alexander von Schlippenbach: Slow Pieces For Aki: Piano Solo

Read "Slow Pieces For Aki: Piano Solo" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach began recording in the 1950s. Twenty years into the new millennium, he continues to do so prolifically, with twenty-five albums under his own name listed on Wikipedia--a seeming short shrift; his three solo albums on the Intakt Records label from 2005 and 2012 somehow didn't make the list, suggesting there are more. ...

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Conny Bauer / Matthias Bauer / Dag Magnus Narvesen: The Gift

Read "The Gift" reviewed by John Sharpe

Two elder statesmen of the German free scene, trombonist Conrad Bauer and his younger brother bassist Matthias Bauer, combine with Berlin-based Norwegian drummer Dag Magnus Narvesen to collectively sculpt The Gift. Bauer senior emerged from the then East Germany in the company of Ernst Ludwig Petrowsky and Gunter Baby Sommer in the mid'70s, and has become ...

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Peter Brötzmann / Paul G. Smyth: Tongue In A Bell

Read "Tongue In A Bell" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There are only a handful of pianists the great reedist Peter Brötzmann has worked with. Back in the Machine Gun (FMP, 1968) days it was Fred Van Hove at the keyboards. Then there was Misha Mengelberg and Alexander von Schlippenbach, plus those Berlin sessions with Cecil Taylor, and the new millennium recordings with Japanese pianist Masahiko ...

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Peter Hansen - Peeter Uuskyla: JULY 1, 1979

Read "JULY 1, 1979" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The year was 1979. Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols died, so did jazz legend Charles Mingus. While punk rock was in a duel with disco, jazz as commercial music was dying the death of a thousand cuts. Miles Davis was in hiding, as jazz fusion (the disco equivalent in jazz) was forcing the retirement of ...

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Enzo Favata, Sabir Mateen & Songs Of Tales

Read "Enzo Favata, Sabir Mateen & Songs Of Tales" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Forty years after the death of John Coltrane in 1967, Sardinian saxophonist Enzo Favata was presented with an opportunity to assemble a group for a festival and perform their concept of what Coltrane's music might have sounded like in 2007. That's one of the featured albums in this edition of One Man's Jazz. You'll also hear ...

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Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Dag Magnus Narvesen and More

Read "Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Dag Magnus Narvesen and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There are several new albums sampled in this episode, beginning with a pair of bands from Toronto--bassist Pete Johnston's See Through 4 which features pianist Marilyn Lerner, and drummer Ernesto Cervini's quartet. Avant-garde collaborators Alexander Von Schlippenbach and Dag Magnus Narvesen reunited for another duo session of very out-there explorations on Liminal Field. Revisiting his past ...

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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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