Virtuosic Dutch trio of the European Free Improv scene in deft and meticulous live recordings taken from different performances including the 2006 Ring Ring Festival.
Kaufmann, Achim / Gratkowski, Frank / de Joode, Wilbert
Released in: Great Britain
"The three virtuosos of the new music scene live and breathe like one organism to such an astonishing degree that their improvisations sound like meticulously rehearsed compositions. Belonging to the "older" school of Dutch and German improvisors, these seven pieces were recorded live at different locations."-Leo
"These three stalwart European improvisers often convey a semblance of four or more instrumentalists engaging in semi-structured dialogues. It's a study in sound-sculpting design awash with expansive and minimalist-type musical vistas. Whether it's Wilber de Joode's hammering acoustic bass lines or Frank Gratkowski's gruff clarinet iterations, the trio's freethinking outlook is often-centered upon pianist Achim Kaufmann's multi-purpose phrasings.
They embark upon fast and furious maneuvers that profess an angular and at times, introspective string of events. Kaufmann toggles the flow via subtle voicings and brisk flurries where the music is apt to mimic a notion of windblown soundscapes. The artists' deft expressionism proclaims a myriad of emotive aspects that include notions of confrontation and ominously engineered flows, especially when de Jode's arco passages serve as the axis of construction.
During various movements the trio elicits imagery of a slowly stepping gait. In other regions of the program, Kaufmann executes avant-blues choruses and interludes atop his band-mates' gentle accompaniment. Nonetheless, they render happenstance-like exchanges via quirky sub-themes and heated intersections of cantankerous evolvement. In a way, the free element does indeed sound choreographed, but it's more about the musicians' intuition and like-minded goals that pave the way for improvisational excellence. (Recommended...)"- Glenn Astarita , Jazz Review
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Country: Great Britain
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Recorded by Alfred Habelitz and Winfried Christmann for SWR radio at Jubez, Karlsruhe, June 8, 2006 (1, 6, 7); by Wolfgang Stach at Loft, Koln, June 6, 2006 (2, 5); Frank Gratowski at Kulumi Centar Rex, Belgrade, May 14, 2006 (3, 4).
Frank Gratkowski-clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, alto sax
Wilbert de Joode-bass
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7 Tracks, 60 minutes.