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Led by bass clarinetist Gebhard Ullmann, the trio follows up its inaugural release by extending its scope - largely due to the clarinetists’ cunning arrangements and their discerning improvisational exercises. Moreover, the musicians’ applied synergy has hit a zenith of excellence here. While they still inject chamber-like characteristics into a good portion of these seventeen pieces, the band meshes inquisitive lines, with whimsy, humor, and multipart opuses. They supplement their line of attack with heaps and bounds of fetching three-way dialogue and poignant themes. The piece titled “Animalische Stimmen,” features an abundance of animalistic sounds such as repetitive birdcall type motifs. On Nino Rota’s “I Clowns,” the trio renders a lush, yet altogether simplistic melody atop a ragtime style groove. There’s a whole lot of goodness going on here as the artists’ also employ multiphonics amid absorbing exchanges during, “Collective No. 6 and No. 8.” Essentially, their latest effort rings like a comprehensive study in modern jazz clarinet/improvisational fare. The differentiator resides within the musicians’ ability to draw upon diverse influences in concert with their macrobiotic approach. A superb effort! Fervently Recommended!
Track Listing: 1.Collective No. 5 2.Blue Trees and Related Objects 3.Translucent Tones 4.Animalische Stimmen 5.Translucent Tones (Gestalt in Three) 6.I Clowns 7.Theo 8.Collective No. 7 9.Die Zwei Farben 10.Dreierlei 11.Gebhard 12.Variations on a Theme By Erik Satie 13.Almost Twenty-Eight 14.Collective No. 6 and No. 8 15.Anna 16.Der Ton A 17.Valzer Del Commiato
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.