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Sbatax

Label: Umlaut Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Sbatax

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Ornithologie

Label: Umlaut Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Shaw’Nuff; Yardbird Suite; Anthropologie; Salt Peanuts; Barbillie’s Time; Everything Happens To Me; Ah Leu Cha; Okiedoke; Chasin’ The Bird; Segment; Mango Mangue – Donna Lee; Groovin’ High; Bluebird.

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Bertrand Denzler / Antonin Gerbal: Sbatax

Read "Sbatax" reviewed by Mark Corroto


With six and one-half minutes remaining in this single thirty-eight minute live tenor saxophone/drums recording, an audience member at a club in Berlin begins howling. Listeners to this recording will probably be saying to themselves, “where have you been? I've been shouting encouragement since I pressed play!" It's that kind of record. The two ...

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Un Poco Loco: Ornithologie

Read "Ornithologie" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Somewhere Han Bennink is very jealous of the music making of the trio Un Poco Loco. The master of 'New Dutch Swing' hijinks would give his right crash cymbal to perform music in the manner this trio covers Charlie Parker on Ornithologie. The aptly designated Un Poco Loco ('a bit crazy') trio is trombonist Fidel Fourneyron, ...

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Zyklus 1

Label: Umlaut Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Time; Timing; Out Of Time; Timeless.

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Metaphor

Label: Umlaut Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Cockscomb; Marguerite.

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سم [ISM]: Metaphor

Read "Metaphor" reviewed by Mark Corroto


We are all becoming. Not “becoming" as in pretty or handsome, but, as in we are coming to be. You can relate this to the Dharma path, or maturity, maybe even the act of learning how to juggle. Becoming is also the theme of the trio سم [ISM]. Its follow up to Nature In Its Inscrutability ...

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Neuköllner Modelle: Zyklus 1

Read "Zyklus 1" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The third release by the trio Neuköllner Modelle, saxophonist Bertrand Denzler, bassist Joel Grip, and drummer Sven-Åke Johansson, Zyklus 1 might be considered a zen chronicle. The four lengthy tracks reveal the true nature of improvised sound, group interaction, and thus, the essence of meditation. Like meditation, their music is very simple, yet extremely hard to ...

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Sektion 3-7

Label: Umlaut Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Sektion 3; Sektion 4; Sektion 5; Sektion 6; Sektion 7.

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Neukollner Modelle: Sektion 3-7

Read "Sektion 3-7" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Legendary free-jazz pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach joins the core trio Neukollner Modelle for this 2-CD follow-up to Sektion 1-2 (Umlaut, 2016). Here, top-flight European adventurists mold variable jazz vernaculars into a signature modus operandi, propelled by the superb Scandinavian drummer, Sven-Ake Johansson. Moreover, the program poses a mélange of rhythmically charged motifs, fractured voicings, and whirlwind-like ...


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