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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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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 ...

Live in Lisbon

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Two; My Little Lovelies; Season in Hel; Talking to Little Birdies; Clouds Gathering; Memories; Success.

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Z-Country Paradise: Live in Lisbon

Read "Live in Lisbon" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The multinational quintet revs up the audience on this wild and scruffy excursion that skirts a misty demarcation between punk jazz and avant-garde improvisation along with off-kilter jazz rock tendencies. Vocalist Jelena Kuljic's guileful and emotive iterations instill hip, Beat Generation-like narratives in concert with the band's jarring and edgy grooves via some recoiling breakouts and ...

Live at Španski Borci

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Revelation; Spirited; Time and Space; Dancer; Singer; You're Tough; Series of Dramatic Events; Daydream; Deceiver; Nocturne; Enthusiasm; Empathy; Despedida; Homage; Alacrity.

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Frank Gratkowski, Sebi Tramontana: Live at Španski Borci

Read "Live at Španski Borci" reviewed by Vic Albani

So perfettamente di scoprire l'acqua calda con la seguente affermazione, ma credo sia comunque ricordare come--nell'universo della musica contemporanea -in un momento in cui la cosiddetta creatività sembra mancare o essersi esaurita almeno in uno dei suo filoni essenziali, chi continua diritto per la propria strada non sembra minimamente risentire del non-interesse che avvolge in toto ...

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Mount Meander: Mount Meander

Read "Mount Meander" reviewed by John Sharpe

While it might seem that there is a production line for outfits hailing from Scandinavia, Mount Meander demonstrates that the output is far from standardised. Comprising two Germans in pianist Lucas Leidinger and drummer Thomas Sauerborn, along with the Copenhagen-based pair of Latvian saxophonist Karlis Auzins and Polish bassist Tomo Jacobson, the collective quartet shares a ...

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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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