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Oliver Steidle

The drums, more than any other instrument, have developed significantly in recent years in terms of playing technique and musical function. Jazz drummers have moved beyond the role of the accompanist, to an equal musical partner. Indeed, now they are often band leaders and composers. Their playing is not only defined by the beat, but also through their sound. Extremely fast tempi, huge dynamic range, as well as highly virtuosic poly-rhythmic playing are these days generally a matter of course. German drummer, Oliver Steidle, “ who pulls all the strings with sensitivity and efficiency “, “ an ace of dynamic and rhythmic flexibility”, “ a drummer who has developed from rhythmic servitude into a totally emancipated and unique musician”, has been influential in this development

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Philipp Gropper's Philm: Consequences

Read "Consequences" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


According to the press release for this CD, saxophonist and bandleader Philipp Gropper's concerns in this music are the place of the individual in society and the responsibilities Western societies bear in their dealings with the rest of the world. It's not easy to discern all that from listening to the disc but what you can ...

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The Scrambling Ex: The Scrambling Ex

Read "The Scrambling Ex" reviewed by Dave Wayne


Deftly juggling twisted harmonic sequences, free improvised passages, sweet and simple jazz melodies, and stop-on-a-dime rhythmic convolutions, The Scrambling Ex nods at all sorts of musical reference points without aping anyone in particular. An equal collaboration between multi- reed player Peter Van Huffel, guitarist Andreas Willers, and percussionist Oliver Steidle (who's since been replaced by the ...


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