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Frank Gratkowski

Frank Gratkowski plays clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, alto saxophone, flute. He was born in Hamburg, Germany. Gratkowski started playing the saxophone at 16 and, following a period at the Hamburg Conservatory (Hamburger Musikhochschule), moved in 1985 to study at the Cologne Conservatory of Music with Heiner Wiberny, graduating in 1990. Then after he studies with Charlie Mariano, Sal Nistico and Steve Lacy. Frank Gratkowski has been working as a soloist in various international formations (Grubenklang Orchester, Klaus Koenig Orchester, Musikfabrik NRW, Tony Oxley Celebration Orchestra, Bentje Braam, BikBentBraam, All Ears, Zeitkratzer, WDR Big band, etc.)

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Gratkowski, Nabatov, Mahnig: Dance Hall Stories

Read "Dance Hall Stories" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il titolo e la foto di copertina sono allusivi e non vanno presi alla lettera. Il pianista Simon Nabatov e il sassofonista Frank Gratkowski non hanno deciso di abbandonare la libera improvvisazione per un omaggio al repertorio da ballo ma includono nella collaborazione il giovane batterista Dominik Mahnig, che si aggiunge in metà dei brani del ...

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Simon Nabatov: Time Labyrinth

Read "Time Labyrinth" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Registrato il 17 aprile 2019 a Colonia, “Time Labyrinth" è la prima parte di un progetto di Simon Nabatov denominato Changing Perspectives, che sarà completato nel prossimo futuro. Il pianista e compositore di origine russa vive nella città tedesca da quasi tre decenni ed è una figura di primo piano nell'universo della musica improvvisata ...

Time Labyrinth

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Waves; Metamorph; Reader; Right Off; Repeated; Choral.

Dance Hall Stories

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Hopeful Glances; Wrong More Reflected; It’s All in the Hips; Slinky; Gradual Enticement; Sitting One Out; Cautious Invitation; Pocket Found.

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New Music from Ivo Perelman

Read "New Music from Ivo Perelman" reviewed by Bob Osborne

Ivo Perelman sent me three new albums. When I saw the musicians involved it reminded me of some other great releases featuring those people. I had a search in the archive and pulled together some music to compliment the new releases from Perelman. There's also two great new albums—one from Samo Salamon & Friends, and the ...

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Simon Nabatov: Time Labyrinth

Read "Time Labyrinth" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Pianist Simon Nabatov is well-known for his explosive semi-structured presentations and freely navigated improvisational advances within this seemingly limitless musical space. But Nabatov is a composer who often stretches the perceived limits of avant-garde jazz. With this effort, he pursues a largely new approach by employing chamberesque forums via an acoustic-electric platform, intensified by consummate woodwind ...

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Das B: Canopy

Read "Canopy" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The free improvisational quartet Das B releases its first recording Canopy, taken from a live performance at the Festival Konfrontationen, in Nickelsdorf, Austria 2017. Formed in 2015, the 'B' refers to Berlin, the nexus of activity for the four musicians heard here. The two Australians, drummer Tony Buck and bassist Mike Majkowski, join the Beirut-born trumpeter ...

Experimentalists: Talking with Adam Berenson, Dana Jessen, and Abdul Moimême

Read "Experimentalists: Talking with Adam Berenson, Dana Jessen, and Abdul Moimême" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The newly opened Théatre des Champs-Elysées was sold out on the night of May 29, 1913. The well-heeled Parisian audience had come to enjoy the much-anticipated premiere of Igor Stravinsky's “Rite of Spring" which featured the choreography of the acclaimed Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. Some accounts of what transpired that night appear to be exaggerated. ...

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Philipp Zoubek: Outside

Read "Outside" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Inciso a Colonia nel dicembre 2017, questo album vede il quarantenne pianista austriaco Philip Zoubek, collaboratore fra gli altri di Paul Lytton, Frank Gratkowski, Ernst Glerum ed Herb Robertson, misurarsi con la prediletta formula del trio, nello specifico affiancato dal bassista tedesco David Helm e dal batterista elvetico Dominik Mahnig. Come principali punti di ...


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