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Berlin's Squakk is the quartet of Michael Griener (drums), Rudi Mahall (bass clarinet, clarinet, baritone sax), Jan Roder (double bass), and Christof Thewes (trombone), performing free-bop that draws on jazz history transformed into the modern improvised language.

Squakk (Griener / Mahall / Roder / Thewes)
Willisau & Berlin

Squakk (Griener / Mahall / Roder / Thewes): Willisau & Berlin (Intakt)

Label: Intakt    
Released in: Switzerland    

"After seven years of collaboration the Berlin band Squakk is at the top of their game. The album "Willisau & Berlin" is a milestone of the current vital jazz. Squakk plays according to Chicago-based writer Peter Margasak "a wonderfully loose, improv-heavy strain of free-bop that liberally draws upon much of jazz history." And he comments: "What's most striking and satisfying about the album is the remarkable level of interaction between the musicians. The tunes are durable but spare and exist largely to foster inspired improvisation. The "Neue Zürcher Zeitung" is thrilled with the highlight of the Willisau festival: "The quartet Squakk immediately spread joy and happiness, big-time. The musicians appeared to be cunning and crafty: trombonist Christof Thewes, clarinetist Rudi Mahall, Jan Roder, bass and Michael Griener on the percussion. The music however sounded raw and grungy like fresh organic vegetables."-Intakt

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Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: CD 231
Squidco Product Code: 19101

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Studio P4, in Berlin, Germany on November 27th, 2012, by Martin Pearson, and at the Jazzfestival in Willisau, Germany, on September 1st, 2013, by Andreas Stoffels and Jean-Boris Szymczak.


Michael Griener-drums

Rudi Mahall-bass clarinet, clarinet, baritone sax

Jan Roder-double bass

Christof Thewes-trombone

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Track Listing:

1. Nova Swing 20:41

2. Blue Chilli Out 3:08

3. Draw 4:12

4. A Dune, Perhaps 4:12

5. Mostly Harmless 3:30

6. Was Aus 2:14

7. Schlimmer Geht Nimmer - Schlimmer Geht Immer 8:31

8. Trinklied 3:36

9. Lark's Wail 7:23

10. Auf Der Schnerr 4:50

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