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Karl Berger


Karl Berger is a six time winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll as a jazz soloist, recipient of numerous Composition Awards ( commissions by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, European Radio and Television: WDR, NDR, SWF, Radio France, Rai Italy. SWF-Prize 1994 ). Professor of Composition, Artist-in-Residence at universities, schools and festivals worldwide; PhD in Music Esthetics.

Karl Berger became noted for his innovative arrangements for recordings by Jeff Buckley ("Grace"), Natalie Merchant ("Ophelia"), Better Than Ezra, The Cardigans, Jonatha Brooke, Buckethead, Bootsie Collins, The Swans, Sly + Robbie, Angelique Kidjo a.o.; and for his collaborations with producers Bill Laswell, Alan Douglas ("Operazone"), Peter Collins, Andy Wallace, Craig Street, Alain Mallet, Malcolm Burn, Bob Marlett a.m.o. in Woodstock, NY. New York City, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, Paris, Rome.


Article: Live Review

Filarmonica Laudamo Creative Orchestra: "Suite For Peace" di Karl Berger

Read "Filarmonica Laudamo Creative Orchestra: "Suite For Peace" di Karl Berger" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Filarmonica Laudamo Creative Orchestra Auditorium Antonello da Messina Messina 19.11.2023 Storica associazione musicale messinese dalla vita ormai secolare, la Filarmonica Laudamo da molti anni organizza partecipatissime stagioni (oltre seicento gli abbonamenti) con cartelloni che affiancano alle rappresentazioni classiche anche concerti di altri generi. Tra questi --specie da quando nel 2013 ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

George Gruntz, Gary Burton, Mathilde Grooss Viddal and More

Read "George Gruntz, Gary Burton, Mathilde Grooss Viddal and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show features a mix of modern jazz out of America and Europe, including music by the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Gary Burton, David S. Ware, and Mathilde Grooss Viddal. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Magos Herrera, Karl Berger, Asher Gamedze, Gretchen Parlato & More

Read "Magos Herrera, Karl Berger, Asher Gamedze, Gretchen Parlato & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A remembrance of Karl Berger, the stunning new album by Magos Herrera, and a whole bunch of projects you can find along the Johannesburg-New York-Chicago expressway. Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Sam Butler “Storybook" Folklore (Shifting Paradigm) 0:16 Host talks 5:30 Karl Berger, Kirk Knuffke, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet, Illegal Crowns, and Iyer / Aftab / Ismaily

Read "Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet, Illegal Crowns, and Iyer / Aftab / Ismaily" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Debuting this episode are new albums from bassist Michael Formanek and his Elusion Quartet (Tony Malaby, Kris Davis & Ches Smith), Illegal Crowns (Mary Halvorson, Taylor Ho Bynum, Benoit Delbecq & Tomas Fujiwara, and the trio of {m: Vijay Iyer}}, Arooj Aftab & Shahzad Ismaily with their Love In Exile. I expect to see all of ...


Article: Album Review

Karl Berger: Heart Is A Melody

Read "Heart Is A Melody" reviewed by Dave Linn

Karl Berger, one of the more unsung and underrated jazz musicians of our time, passed away on April 9, 2023. He had just turned 88 years old. Berger released several dozen albums as a leader and scores more as a sideman. His discography reads like a Who's Who of modern jazz. He recorded with people such ...


Article: Album Review

Max Johnson Trio: Orbit of Sound

Read "Orbit of Sound" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Whereas Sketches (Fresh Sounds Records, 2022) could be considered a more traditional big bop trio recording with pianist/vibraphonist Karl Berger and drummer Billy MIntz, Orbit of Sound, NY bassist Max Johnson's second heady release of 2022 finds him in the instigative company of the ever undefinable Anna Webber on tenor saxophone and flute and drummer Michael ...


Article: Album Review

Karl Berger, Max Johnson, Billy Mintz: Sketches

Read "Sketches" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

An exquisitely palatable sense of dance permeates the gregarious music bassist Max Johnson brings to the fore on Sketches, the second of two heady 2022 releases. Whereas the first, Orbit of Sound (Unbroken Sounds), teams him up with the rule-elusive sax and flute of Anna Weber and drummer Michael Sarin, Sketches presents a slightly more straight ...



Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Why the Moon is Blue; Presently; Ginger Blues; Flight; Debt; Black Eyed Suzie; Sketches.



Label: Tao Forms
Released: 2022
Track listing: AC 2.0 (revised); Sea V4 WD (Part 2); Crystal Fire; I Fall in Love Too Easily; Intravenous Voice; r. henri; Sea V4 WD (Part 1); Still; Um.


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