On September 28th, 2004, pianist Achim Kaufmann, reedist Frank Gratkowski, and bassist Wilbert de Joode performed this marvelous session at the LOFT in Koln, Germany.
Catalog ID: CD 1016
Squidco Product Code: 4661
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded September 28th,2004, at the LOFT in Koln, Germany.
Achim Kaufmann-Hamburg Steinway D piano and extensions
Frank Gratkowski-alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet
Wilbert de Joode-bass
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1. Small Sky Falling 19:22
2. No Heroes, No Shunting Hour 10:28
3. Calligraphy, Both Sweet And Sour 10:02
4. Which Could Be Habit-Forming 6:39
5. Detour Suggestions 1:22
6. Kinky Textbook Logic 5:01
7. Barely Painted Open 6:35
8. A World, Intoxicant 11:02
sample the album:
"According to journalist Marc Chenard, "Call them spur-of-the-moment pieces if you will, or instant compositions, these essays in spontaneous music are outgrowths of a collective playing experience. Since its inception almost three years ago, this unit has criss-crossed Europe on more than one occasion, one of its tours yielding enough material for a first recording on the Berlin-based Konnex label, a disc entitled Kwast.
In this follow up release, pianist Achim Kaufmann, reedist Frank Gratkowski and bassist Wilbert de Joode have succeeded in meeting one of the prime challenges of improvised music, i.e. of achieving a very different sounding set of music than in its previous effort. In Unearth, these musicians focus moreso on discursive strategies, whereas its predecessor emphasized timbral explorations."
According to David Dupont in Cadence magazine, "Gratkowski, Kaufmann, and de Joode demonstrate on Unearth the kind of close listening needed to create a unified collective sound. Often that means they moderate the volume of the music, forcing the listener either to fade out of the proceedings or, if they're serious, to focus more intently on the musicians' interactions...For this trio, the musical poetry is found in the sawing song of de Joode's bass, the breathy tones of Gratkowski's horns, (and) the splashes and plinks of Kaufmann's piano. To draw on the rhetoric of the session's titles, it all has its own kinky logic, yet nothing seems remotely connected to any textbook."
This release features an 8-page booklet with liner notes from Montreal-based journalist Marc Chenard, and very original cover art from Achim Kaufmann's wife, Gabriele Guenther."-nuscope