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Klaus Kugel

Since 1989 he has been playing intensively with the outstanding lithuanian soprano-saxophonist Petras Vysniauskas in many different international projects. Klaus Kugel is one of the most inventive and adventurous German drummers. He attracted attention worldwide through projects with Petras Vysniauskas, Karl Berger, Tomasz Stanko, Charlie Mariano, Kent Carter, Michel Pilz, Theo Jörgensmann, Kenny Wheeler, Vyacheslav Ganelin, Bobo Stenson, Glen Moore, Steve Swell, Sabir Mateen, Robert Dick, Ken Filiano, Peter Evans, Bruce Eisenbeil, Perry Robinson, Albrecht Maurer, Arkady Shilkloper, Sirone, Eric Vloeimans, Burton Greene, Hilliard Greene, Vijay Iyer, Charles Gayle, John Lindberg, Herb Robertson, Louie Belogenis, Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Bobby Few a.m

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2019

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2019" reviewed by John Sharpe

There's sometimes a backlash against picking the year's best albums. Understandably so when it entails pitting one honest artistic endeavour against another. Best to view the selections as a chance to pick up on something that you might otherwise have missed. As a listener I always look forward to the annual year end lists for precisely ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Roby Glod, Roberta Piket, Mark Tokar, Klaus Kugel: Op Der Schmelz Live

Read "Op Der Schmelz Live" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Un quartetto internazionale, ripreso dal vivo in un centro culturale lussemburghese, è protagonista di questo ottimo CD sul confine tra il jazz moderno e l'improvvisazione più radicale. Alla guida il francese residente in Lussemburgo Roby Glod, al suo fianco la newyorchese Roberta Piket, l'ucraino Mark Tokar e il tedesco Klaus Kugel, tutti musicisti che hanno lavorato ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Eyal Hareuveni Best of 2013 List

Read "Eyal Hareuveni Best of 2013 List" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

There were so many great releases in 2013 that inspired me, provoked my conceptions about music and art, disturbed my peace of mind and mainly, enriched my life. This list--presented in no particular order and enhanced with video and Soundcloud clips--represents the tip of my listening iceberg. Kitchen Orchestra with Alexander von ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Op Der Schmelz: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This multinational quartet casts a surfeit of moody and climactically oriented movements, captured for this disc live at a venue in Luxembourg. Gushing with shifty theme-building exercises, New York- based pianist Roberta Piket often serves as the director of operations via her sympathetic comping, cascading chord voicings, and animated free-bop improvisational passages, yet overall, it's a ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Roby Glod / Roberta Piket / Mark Tokar / Klaus Kugel: Op Der Schmelz Live

Read "Roby Glod / Roberta Piket / Mark Tokar / Klaus Kugel: Op Der Schmelz Live" reviewed by Dave Wayne

This album is a winner from the git-go. Brooklyn-based pianist Roberta Piket summons the spirits with a gentle, but emotionally direct solo piano rumination. Harmonically rich, with a probing depth that brings Paul Bley and Steve Kuhn to mind, Piket's invocation is just the first in series of golden moments on Op der Schmelz Live. A ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Roby Glod / Roberta Piket / Mark Tokar / Klaus Kugel: Op Der Schmelz Live

Read "Op Der Schmelz Live" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This pan-European-American collective quartet, named after the Op Der Schmelz venue in Luxemburg (where this album was recorded), focuses in transforming intuitively detailed sonic moments into balanced movements, full of surprises and risk- taking. The quartet is comprised of four experienced improvisers--Luxemburg-based saxophonist Roby Glod, New Yorker pianist Roberta Piket, Ukrainian bassist Mark Tokar and Köln-based ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Cactus Truck: Brand New For China!

Read "Brand New For China!" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

John Dikeman is one of the most interesting saxophonists now operating in the Amsterdam scene. He is a charismatic player, well-versed in the legacy of modern and free jazz as his recent releases-- Across the sky, with bassist Raoul Van Der Weide and drummer Klaus Kugel (Not Two, 2012); and Nihil is Now (Stone Floor, 2012), ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Universal Indians: Nihil is Now

Read "Nihil is Now" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Universal Indians is a trio comprised of Amsterdam-based, American saxophonist John Dikeman and the resourceful and powerful rhythm section of Norwegian bassist Jon Rune Strøm and drummer Tollef Østvang, both of whom cooperate in other outfits such as the Friends & Neighbors quintet responsible for No Beat Policy (Øra Fonogram, 2011), the All Included quintet that ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Ljubljana Jazz Festival: Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 20–29, 2012

Read "Ljubljana Jazz  Festival: Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 20–29, 2012" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Ljubljana Jazz FestivalLjubljana, SloveniaJune 20-29, 2012Ljubljana, with its 53rd edition, truly hosts the oldest jazz festival in Europe. Norway's Molde, also a candidate, started one year later, in 1960. The capital of the now-independent Republic of Slovenia, neighbored by Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy, Ljubljana is situated one hour from Trieste, two hours ...


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