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Dorr, Welf Unit: Blood (Creative Sources)

Combining free jazz spontaneity with the urgency of funk and rock, NY-based German saxophonist and bass clarinetist Welf Dorr (Funk Monk) presents his Unit with drummer Joe Hertenstein, bassist Dmitry Ishenko and guitarist Dave Ross, in an energetic album of tunes that combine determination and passion with upbeat grooves balanced by beautiful ballad work.
 

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UPC: 5609063405088

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs508
Squidco Product Code: 25788

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Portugal
Recorded at Lowfish Studios, in New York, New York, on June 18th, 2014, by Reed Taylor.


Personnel:

Welf Dorr-alto saxophone, bass clarinet

Dave Ross-guitar

Dmitry Ishenko-bass

Joe Hertenstein-drums

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track listing:


1. Sympathicus 8:46

2. Blood 4:07

3. Dixie 5:00

4. Two Down 5:03

5. Outcry 5:39

6. Big Tree 7:13

7. Left Alone 7:33
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"The Welf Dorr Unit combines free jazz spontaneity with the urgency of funk and rock inspired by the the motto "Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher".

WDU was formed in 2012 for a performance at the Evolving Music Series run by Arts for Art (presenters of the Vision Festival) and since has played at clubs like nublu, Quinn's (Beacon) and the Red Hook Jazz Festival.

Welf's other main project is Underground Horns, a 6-piece brass band which special recipe includes some funk, jazz and hip hop spiced up with African and other world rhythms...MUSIC FOR THE PEOPLE!

UH performed internationally in Egypt, Germany and Brazil, stateside at the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival, NYC Winter Jazz Festival, Dizzy's (Jazz at Lincoln Center), the Blue Note and various Jam Band Festivals, sharing the bill with Rebirth Brass Band, Big Sam's Funky Nation and B.B. King. (more info undergroundhorns.com )

Besides leading his own projects Welf is playing in Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra, Kenny Wollesen's Himalayas, On Ka'a Davis and the Famous Original Djuke Players and in the Nublu Orchestra formerly conducted by the late Butch Morris ("You guys sound good", David Murray).

Originally from Munich (Germany) he studied at Berklee (cum laude) in Boston before he moved 1995 to New York. Here he played and recorded a.o. with Frank Lacy, Sonny Simmons, Sabir Mateen, Kim Clark, Ronnie Drayton, Graham Haynes, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jeffrey Shurdut, Daniel Carter, Steve Swell, Lukas Ligeti, Vernon Reid, Juini Booth, Jojo Kuo and the Goldsparkle Brass Band.

In 2005 he recorded a concert with a quintet including Kenny Wollesen on drums and Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet released on FLOWERS FOR ALBERT.

1996 he founded Funk Monk with members from the US, Europe and Africa, a band that combined the hypnotic groove of hip hop with the complex harmonies of jazz. 1998 Funk Monk recorded their debut CD "Live at the Knitting Factory".

Welf performed in the US, Europe, Mexico, Brazil and Egypt including festivals such as Willisau (Switzerland), Vision Festival or Celebrate Brooklyn as well as places as City Hall of New York."-Well Dorr Unity


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"Welf Dorr, who is originally from Munich (Germany), studied at Berklee (cum laude) in Boston before he moved 1995 to New York. In New York where he played/recorded with Sonny Simmons, Frank Lacy, Sabir Mateen, Butch Morris, Kenny Wollesen, Jojo Kuo and Vernon Reid a.o. He performed in the US, Europe, Mexico, Brazil and Egypt including festivals such as Willisau (Switzerland) or Central Park SummerStage as well as places as City Hall of New York.

Besides leading his own projects Welf is playing in Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra, Kenny Wollesen's Himalayas, On Ka'a Davis and the Famous Original Djuke Players and the Nublu Orchestra formerly conducted by the late Butch Morris ("You guys sound good", David Murray).

Here he played and recorded a.o. with Frank Lacy, Sonny Simmons, Sabir Mateen, Kim Clark, Ronnie Drayton, Graham Haynes, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jeffrey Shurdut, Daniel Carter, Steve Swell, Lukas Ligeti, Vernon Reid, Juini Booth, Jojo Kuo and the Goldsparkle Brass Band.

In 2005 he recorded a concert with a quintet including Kenny Wollesen on drums and Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet released on FLOWERS FOR ALBERT.

1996 he founded Funk Monk with members from the US, Europe and Africa, a band that combined the hypnotic groove of hip hop with the complex harmonies of jazz. 1998 Funk Monk recorded their debut CD "Live at the Knitting Factory".

Welf performed in the US, Europe, Mexico, Brazil and Egypt including festivals such as Willisau (Switzerland), Vision Festival or Celebrate Brooklyn as well as places as City Hall of New York."

-Welf Dorr Website (http://welfdorr.com/about/)
10/12/2018

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"Dave Ross graduated from Berklee College of Music. In 1993 he won the Boston Music Award for his work with the funk band, "Chuck." He has worked in a myriad of styles including jazz, punk, Worldbeat, gospel, Ju Ju, Hardcore and free improvisation.

Prior to earning his Bachelor's degree in music, Dave graduated from The State University of New York with a degree in mechanical engineering and holds a U.S. Patent for one of his inventions.

The list of artists Dave has performed with is extensive. Among them are: Henry Grimes, Roy Campbell Jr., Sabir Mateen, Charles Downs, Joe Rigby, Albey Balgochian, Dennis Warren, P-Funk Horns, Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, Lawrence Cook, Jackson Krall, Daniel Carter, Saco Yasuma, Lou Grassi, Federico Ughl, Yuko Fugiyama, Andre Martinez, Walden Wimberly, Jane Grenier B, Matt Lavell,Francois Grillot, Baron Brown, Hillard Green, Mike T A Thompson, Ken Filiano, Steve Swell, Ras Moshe, Shayna Dulberger, Flip Barnes, Fay Victor, Rob Egan, Hillary Nobel and Jon Dirac."

-Westwood Music Studios (http://westwoodmusicstudios.com/teachers.html)
10/12/2018

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"Dmitry Ishenko is a versatile and in-demand New York City acoustic and electric bass player. He has performed and/or recorded with a wide range of jazz artists, including Steve Lacy, John Tchicai, Eric Harland, Dave Liebman, Myron Walden, Jeff Williams, Roy Campbell, Jr., Sam Yahel, Steve Swell, Kenny Wollesen, Ches Smith, and many others. A graduate of both the Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, he is also a busy session player and arranger, having worked in the studio and on the road with Paul Banks of Interpol, among others. Dmitry has toured all over Northern America, Western Europe, Russia, and Japan, appearing at the NYC CareFusion Jazz Festival, Vision Festival, Blue Note Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Boston Beantown Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Blue Note, as well as countless other venues around the world."

-Dmitry Ishenko Website (http://www.dmitryishenko.com/?page_id=2)
10/12/2018

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"Joe Hertenstein is among the busiest and most versatile drummers and band leaders of the improvised-music scene of New York City. Trained at the Hochschule for Music and Dance in Cologne, Germany, he came to New York in 2007 to complete his Master of Arts studies at City University of New York. His mission was to learn from and explore music with many master musicians, some of which he calls friends and colleagues by now. He hopes to encourage and experience the dialogue with all cultures through music, through the abstract, through friendship and inspiration.

Joe has released five albums as a leader with the bands HNH, POLYLEMMA, Future Drone and TØRN and many more as a sideman on labels such as MoersMusic, Cleanfeed, Red Toucan, jazzwerkstatt Berlin, Creative Sources, 2nd Floor/Loft-Cologne, Skirl, Leo, Engine, and Konnex.

He has performed at the Philharmonic in Cologne, and at the Moers Festival in Germany, the Warsaw Jazz Summer Days, the Bush Hall London for BBC, the Opera House in Toronto, the World Trade Center in Dubai, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, as well as Carnegie Hall, Webster Hall, Roulette, Issue Project Room, Dizzy's Club, The Stone, Nublu and the Vision Festival in New York City among many others.

In 2005, the magazine AllAboutJazzNewYork hailed his drumming style as "...shaping the music from the bottom up." and for April 2011, the Managing Editor of TheNYCJazzRecord, Laurence Donohue-Greene, selected Joe's album Crespect by TØRN as "Recommended New Release". The same year, the website www.allaboutjazz.com praised his album POLYLEMMA as thus: "The soloists' focused interactions intimate a highly artistic game plan that supersedes the tried and true." POLYLEMMA won Belgian music critic Stef Gijssels' freejazzblog's Happy-New-Ears-Award 2011 for most innovative listening experience. Joe's latest album HNH2 made it on Gijssels' list of top 10 albums of 2015: "Fantastic trumpet, bass, drums trio redefining the format through inventive music."

Some of the international festivals Joe has performed at are the Hoeilaart Jazzfestival Brussels (BE), JekerJazz Maastricht (NL), the Leverkusener Jazztage, Moers New Jazz Festival, Triennale 2007, ViveLeJazz (GER), Portalegre Jazzfest (PGL), Warsaw Jazz Summer Days (P), Vision Festival, Red Hook Jazz Festival and Nublu Festival NYC, Clean Feed Festival at The Stone NYC, and many more.

The growing circle of international musicians he has worked with include Ravi Coltrane, Kenny Werner, Chris Potter, Tim Hagans, Rufus Reid, Steve Wilson, Jay Anderson, Butch Morris, Juini Booth, Kenny Wollesen, Graham Haynes, Brandon Ross, Matthew Shipp, Elliott Sharp, Alvin Fielder, Doug Wieselman, Ken Filiano, Anthony Coleman, Tristan Honsinger, Damon Choice, Damon Smith, Daniel Levin, Michael Attias, Daniel Carter, Mossa Bildner, Phil Gibbs, Sylvain Leroux, Steve Swell, Mat Maneri, Darius Jones, Jon Irabagon, Sean Conly, Todd Neufeld, Leo Genovese, Mikko Innanen, Achim Tang, Thomas Lehn, Frank Gratkowski, Scott Fields, Dieter Manderscheid, Matthias Schubert, Thomas Heberer, Achim Kaufmann, Sebastian Gramss, Thomas Helton, Damon Smith, Blaise Siwula, Carsten Radke, Terrence Ngassa, Adam Rudolph's GO:Organic Orchestra and Karl Berger's Improviser's Orchestra. He was a member of Butch Morris' ensembles Nublu Orchestra and LuckyCheng Orchestra as well as Cologne's The James Choice Orchestra.

Hertenstein is a member of the Tim Hagans Quintet with Steve Wilson, Luis Perdomo/Leo Genovese and Jay Anderson. He is also the drummer for Thomas Helton's The Core Trio with Seth Paynter, which will release its second album featuring pianist Matthew Shipp in the summer of 2016 on Berlin's EvilRabittRecords.

2015 Joe was artist in residence at The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida. "

-Joe Hertenstein Website (http://joehertenstein-bio.tumblr.com/)
10/12/2018

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