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De Beren Gieren

Better than anyone else, De Beren Gieren know how to blend an avant-garde sound with melodious pieces and references to the great classical composers of the 20th century. They effortlessly shift from more rigidly styled compositions to improvised sections and thus reveal the pulsating and ominous futuristic sound of a new world. More so than in previous albums, on “Dug Out Skyscrapers” (Sdban) harmonies and compelling grooves interact and disclose the future of the past... the album’s ‘Leitmotif’. Like dedicated archaeologists from the future, De Beren Gieren use subtle electronic effects to uncover the potential of their acoustic instruments layer by layer

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2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 1

Read "2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 1" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Part 1 | Part 2 Every year the 'Best-of' game is underway again. But, “best of what?" is the immediate question. It's almost impossible for fishes of prey to hunt in a huge herring swarm, or for birds of prey to hunt in those huge budgerigar swarms. 'The best' is a choice from the ...

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Lisa Hoppe, Sorey & Crispell, Gebhard Ullman and More

Read "Lisa Hoppe, Sorey & Crispell, Gebhard Ullman and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode is very wide-ranging in styles and sounds; the boundaries keep expanding. I was very impressed with bassist Lisa Hoppe's new trio, Third Reality, with saxophonist David Leon and guitarist Tal Yahalom. Very original stuff! It's on a German label—Jazzhausmusik—so do some digging to find it. It's well worth the effort. Drummer, composer and influencer ...

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Satoko Fujii, Angles 9, Here’s to Us & More

Read "Satoko Fujii, Angles 9, Here’s to Us & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

I would never presume to know enough about music to compare two of the most brilliant pianists in jazz today: Matt Mitchell and Satoko Fujii. Feel free to go ahead and do that yourself. All I'll say is that they are both amazing and worthy of all the recognition that comes their way. Each has a ...

Dug Out Skyscrapers

Label: Sdban Ultra
Released: 2017
Track listing: Broensgebuzze 9 // Voorlopige Dagen // Weight Of An Image // Zeeland // De Belofte Treurwals // Oude Beren // Distrusters // Broensgebuzze 10

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 ...

One Mirrors Many

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Schaduwleven; Rebel Jazz to Rebel Against; Broensgebuzze 8; – (1:56); La laisse lointaine; – (0:39); (De Zachte Jacht Op De) Volkswolf; Broensgebuzze 7; Muziek Weet Niks; – (1:50).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

De Beren Gieren: One Mirrors Many

Read "One Mirrors Many" reviewed by John Sharpe

Still looking to breathe life into the venerable piano trio format, Belgian threesome De Beren Gieren (The Bears Shriek would be one translation) present their fourth album following The Detour Fish (Clean Feed, 2014), A Raveling (De Beren Records, 2013) and Wirklich Welt So (El Negocito, 2012). Leading the charge pianist Fulco Ottervanger helms an unchanged ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

De Beren Gieren: One Mirrors Many

Read "One Mirrors Many" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Trio belga (in effetti il pianista Fulco Ottervanger, autore di tutto il materiale tematico, è un olandese trapiantato), De Beren Gieren ci appare come una delle realtà più felici nel pur battutissimo settore del piano trio. Questo che è il suo quarto CD dal 2012 (più un EP due anni prima) parte posizionandosi nei pressi di ...


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