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Drummer Kniel & his Reduction Quartet play "Low Down" compositions, an uncompromisingly reduced and independent musical language including the basic elements of many possible kinds of music.

Kniel, Manfred And His Reduction Quartet
Low Down Music

Kniel, Manfred And His Reduction Quartet: Low Down Music (NEOS Music)
Label: NEOS Music    
Released in: Germany    

"LOW DOWN MUSIC is a clear, uncompromisingly reduced, and independent musical language, which includes the basic elements of all possible kinds of music. LOW DOWN MUSIC is an idea for the illuminated, and part of a canny ability to fail - at the end of the day, it is my music.

The first title Bürgermusi - in American Burgermusi - is dedicated to the successful German musician, composer and producer Dieter Bohlen.

The second title Naiv, tief und grausig-schön is dedicated to our trombonist Mike Svoboda. Mike cooperates closely with star composers of the contemporary music scene. For him, some particularly difficult, highly complex trombone concertos have been written. The Low down Trombone Concerto is naive, bass and awful in its beauty.

The third title called Miss Blue is dedicated to an Irish landowner, in whose house my wife and I spent a beautiful and bizarre vacation. This aged, educated, and distinguished lady nourished herself almost exclusively on biscuits and whiskey.

I wrote the fourth title Eklat for a person whom I know pretty well, and whom I would like to know even better. I dedicated the piece to myself. More than that, I can not say.

The fifth title Free 'n' Open , I dedicate to our bass player. American southern "down home feeling" is mixed up with the edifying and comforting of the wind players in a Salvation Army band.

The sixth title Pozilei is an attempt to write a musical comic strip. The comic heroes, two high-ranking police chiefs, meet regularly at a secret place to fool around. A quote: "This is the only way to carry on with such a job in the long term." At the centre of the composition there is a dramatic break. Without any preliminary warning one finds oneself as part of the reality of a television programme discussing politics. Two European parliamentary delegates are arguing the toss. The topic ...are we defending Germany at the Hindu Kusch. Yes or no? But, back to our comic heroes. The police officer duo carries on with badinage. A Dumb job. No question.

The seventh title Klagelied is a mixture of African polymetric rhythms and a Czech Polka. The dirge is written in a major key. Africans complain in major, Europeans in the minor mode! I have no idea whether this statement is correct. I shall however stick to my guns.

The eighth title Schneefelder relates to my childhood."-Manfred Kniel

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Improvised Music
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European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
Quartet Recordings

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Product Information:

UPC: 4260063409028

Label: NEOS Music
Catalog ID: NEOS JAZZ 40902
Squidco Product Code: 13430

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Germany
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded on October 2nd and 3rd in CPM-Studios, Leonberg, by Klaus Peter Schopfer.


Karl Farrent-trumpet

Mike Svoboda-trombone

Veit Hubner-bass

Manfred Kniel-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Burgermusi 9:16

2. Naiv, tief und grausig-schon 7:32

3. Miss Blue 4:24

4. Eklat 6:27

5. Free 'n' open 6:35

6. Pozilei 5:07

7. Klagelied 4:52

8. Schneefelder II 2:54

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