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Moore, Michael / NDR Bigband: Sanctuary (Ramboy)

Multi-reedist Michael Moore presents works from his catalog with the powerfully flexible 19-piece NDR Big Band, drawing from the history of his Ramboy label, including a tribute to Stravinsky, expanding a trio for clarinets, rearranging an Ellingtonian piece originally written for Available Jelly, and the title track, written for his mother as the first recording for Fragile Quartet.

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Felix Meyer-trumpet, flugelhorn

Ingolf Burkhardt-trumpet, flugelhorn

Claus Stotter-trumpet, flugelhorn

Sebastian Stein-trumpet, flugelhorn

Dan Gottshall-trombone

Klaus Heidenreich-trombone

Stefan Lotterman-trombone

Sebastian Hoffmann-bass trombone

Fiete Felsh-clarinet, alto saxophone

Peter Bolte - flute, alto saxophone

Gabriel Coburger-clarinet, tenor saxophone

Konstantin Herleinsberger-clarinet, tenor saxophone

Luigi Grasso-baritone sax

Florian Weber-piano

Sandra Hempel-guitars

Ingmar Heller-bass

Tom Rainey-drums

Marcio Doctor-percussion

Tim Hagans-conductor

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UPC: 5902249002218

Label: Ramboy
Catalog ID: 34
Squidco Product Code: 29478

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: The Netherlands
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at NDR Studio 1, in Hamburg, Germany, on January 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th, 2019, by Rudolf Grosser.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"When Marcio Doctor, percussionist with the NDR Big Band in Hamburg, Germany, called me to ask if I would be interested in a collaboration, a whole world of possibilities opened before me - I could not believe my luck! A week rehearsing, recording and performing with a big band of expert musicians/instrumentalists/improvisors - this could not happen anywhere else! Rather than making a whole new repertoire I decided to revisit some older pieces. The two arrangements of Henk Meutgeert have been previously played by the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw. All the others, of Christian Elssäser, Frank Carlberg and myself were specially commissioned by the NDR for this project.

1. Sweet-Briar/Southwesterly - a medley of two recent pieces written for my 'Fragile' Quartet

2. Igor - a tribute to Stravinsky originally on 'Tunes for Horn Guys', (Ramboy #08). The collective improvisations were exciting.

3. Anomalous Soul - a piece Fred Hersch, Mark Helias and I first played on 'Chicoutimi' (Ramboy #06).

4. Brunheiras - recorded a few times before (Ramboy #04, #23). Christian Elsässer's arrangement is very beautiful - I wish I could write such a lovely chord as the one at the end of the first phrase!

5. Odin - another trio piece from 'Bering' (Ramboy #11); We did with this one with my 'Bigtet' a few years ago. Fiete plays fantastic!

6. Fogo von Slack - a trio for clarinets (Ramboy #08).

7. Shotgun Wedding - An Ellingtonian mood piece originally written for Available Jelly (Ramboy #07). Henk Meutgeert's arrangement brings out the best.

8. Providence - 1977 on the train from Boston to New York City under the heavy influence of Dewey Redman (Ramboy's #1, 2 & 26). Frank Carlberg laid down his quirky magic on this one, and Claus Stötter & Klaus Heidenreich made it sound as if we could hear each other!

9. Trouble House - 'Dylanesque', big thanks to Sebastian Stein and Sandra Hempel for their wonderful playing on this one. (Ramboy #24)

10. Sanctuary - from the first recording of the 'Fragile Quartet' (Ramboy #25), for my mother, Tam Moore, who speaks only truth and kindness when faced with falsehood and hate."

- Michael Moore

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Artist Biographies

"Pianist Florian Weber launched his career in the mid-2000s and was swiftly regarded as one of Germany's finest jazz musicians, recording for Enja, Challenge, and ECM, and performing with the likes of Lee Konitz, Tomasz Stańko, and Pat Metheny.

Born in 1977 in Detmold, near Hanover, Weber grew up in a musical family; his father was a music professor and his mother an opera singer. He began learning the piano at the age of four and had played in both classical and jazz ensembles by the time he left high school. He won a scholarship to Berklee (which he at first declined) and later studied with John Taylor, Paul Bley, and Richie Beirach. His first recorded appearance was on Angelika Niescier's album Sublim 3. In 2002 he formed the trio Minsarah (Hebrew for "prism") with bassist Jeff Denson and drummer Ziv Ravitz. Their eponymous 2006 debut album won the prestigious German Record Critics' Prize. In 2008 they recorded an album with Lee Konitz, Deeplee, and later became his New Quartet, performing with him at the Village Vanguard. After recording with Eric Vloeimans and in Denson's quartet with trumpeter Ralph Alessi, Weber founded the group Biosphere in 2011 with guitarist Lionel Loueke, bassist Thomas Morgan, and drummer Dan Weiss; they recorded an eponymous album for Enja that incorporated African rhythms. Weber made his ECM debut in 2016 on the duo album Alba with trumpeter Markus Stockhausen. His debut as a leader for the label, 2018's Lucent Waters, featured bassist Linda May Han Oh, Alessi, and the trumpeter's frequent collaborator Nasheet Waits. In addition to his jazz work, Weber kept his hand in classical performance, performing concertos by Mozart, Ravel, and Gershwin with various philharmonic orchestras. He also became an educator, taking up teaching positions at CalArts, the U.K.'s Royal Northern College of Music, the University of Osnabrück, and Chicago's DePaul University."

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Ingmar Heller is a German jazz bassist, born 1967. He is known for the groups Achim Kaufmann Trio, Antti Sarpila Quintet, Florian Ross Brass Project, Frank Roberscheuten Hiptett, Hubert Nuss Quintet, Olaf Polziehn Trio, Oliver Leicht [Acht.], Rolf Römer Quintet, The NDR Big Band, The New Art Orchestra, and Thilo Berg Big Band.

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"Thomas "Tom" Rainey (born 1957, Santa Barbara, California) is an American drummer.

After attending Berklee College of Music he moved to New York in 1979. He has played with American jazz saxophonist and composer Tim Berne, and also with Nels Cline, Fred Hersch, Tony Malaby, Tom Varner, Drew Gress, Kenny Werner, Mark Helias, and Simon Nabatov. A prolific session musician, he has appeared on close to eighty recordings over a career spanning over 25 years.

He released his own first album, Pool School (Clean Feed), in 2010."

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Track Listing:

1. Sweet-Briar/South Westerly 6:59

2. Igor 6:02

3. Anomalous Soul 5:14

4. Brunheiras 6:55

5. Odin 9:27

6. Fogo Von Slack 2:18

7. Shotgun Wedding 5:20

8. Providence 6:59

9. Trouble House 6:03

10. Sanctuary 9:24

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