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Keune, Stefan: Sunday Sundaes (Creative Sources)

Solo improvisation from Stefen Keune performing on sopranino and alto saxophones, intense playing that focuses on hard-blowing and extreme performance, wringing a singularly desperate yet astute language from the horn.
 

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Stefan Keune-sopranino saxophone, alto saxophone


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Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs030
Squidco Product Code: 16322

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded in Duisburg by Stefan Hohnerbach on August 10th, 2004 and September 12th, 2004.

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Solo improvisation from Stefen Keune performing on sopranino and alto saxophones, intense playing that focuses on hard-blowing and extreme performance, wringing a singularly desperate yet astute language from the horn. German bron Keune is known from his trio and duo work with guitarist John Russell, which is documented on the British Emanem label, and for his trio with bassist Hans Schneider and drummer Achim Kramer, who have recorded on the FMP label.



"[...] Sunday Sundaes (CS030) is an altogether more declarative and caustic solo reeds performance, by the veteran Stefan Keune (who here plays alto and sopranino saxophones). Covering a lot of bases, these eleven tracks (recorded from August - September 2004) concentrate on the saxophones' harsher properties: squeals, wails, hollers, and blurts. From the opening "Conically Speaking" - where Keune seemingly tries to force as much air through the bell as possible, in almost Gustafsson-like voice - you know you're in a different territory than one usually occupies on a Creative Sources release. "The Mole" and the long "Fric Frac" concentrate on overblowing and split tones almost exclusively; as an essay on harshness, this is pretty effective stuff (particularly the super-intense tracks like "Ambit Gambit"). [...]"-Jason Bivins, Bagatellen


Artist Biographies

"Stefan Keune: Born in Oberhausen, Germany, 1965

From 1982, Stefan Keune studied privately with various teachers starting on the tenor saxophone. He was attracted to free improvised music from the beginning while using classical techniques from contemporary music as the basis of his playing. Keune began playing in local groups from 1985 (with Martin Blume amongst others) and since then he has intensively dedicated himself to the different kinds of improvised music. In 1990 he established contacts, first of all with Paul Lytton, then also with Dietmar Diesner, Matthias Bauer and others. In 1991, together with Lytton and bass player Hans Schneider he founded the "Stefan Keune Trio", and in 1992, the CD Loft was released. This was followed by an intense chamber-music-like phase of work, for example in a quartet with Paul Lovens, John Russell and Hans Schneider. He has played in close association with British free improvisors such as Roger Turner, Phil Durrant, John Butcher and others as well as with the other European improvisors such as Mats Gustafsson, Raymond Strid, Radu Malfatti and Peter Kowald. Recent groupings include a duo with John Russell, a duo with Paul Lovens, a trio with Dominic Lash and Steve Noble, a trio with Georg Wolf and Jörg Fischer, a quartet with Hans-Peter Hiby, Raoul van der Weide and Martin Blume and also one of the seminal groups within German free improvisation, XPACT (with Erhard Hirt, Hans Schneider and Paul Lytton)."

-Stefan Keune Website (https://stefankeune.com/)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Conically Speaking 2:36

2. The Mole 2:48

3. Fric Frac 7:46

4. How and Near 3:33

5. Reedcycling 2:52

6. Nettin 3:29

7. Palate 3:11

8. Cheese No Fish 4:59

9. Basement Time 9:42

10. Ambit Gambit 3:53

11. Auroral 0:55

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Improvised Music
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Creative Sources
Solo Artist Recordings
Recordings by or featuring Reed & Wind Players

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