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Twelve powerful composed pieces by reedist Frank Gratkowski performed by his standard quartet of Wolter Wierbos (trombone), Dieter Manderscheid (double bass), and Gerry Hemingway (drums).

Gratkowski Quartet, Frank
Le Vent et La Gorge

Gratkowski Quartet, Frank: Le Vent et La Gorge (Leo)
Label: Leo    
Released in: Great Britain    

"Yet another concept by the great mind of Frank Gratkowski performed here by his regular quartet with Wolter Wierbos on trombone, Dieter Manderscheid on double bass and Gerry Hemingway on drums. Frank Gratkowski plays alto sax, clarinet, bass and contrabass clarinet. The quartet plays 12 composed pieces by maestro Gratkowski spread over 74 minutes. You wll be amazed at the virtuosity, subtlety, togetherness and power of the music."-Leo

"Gerry Hemingway has led a number of quartet and quintets since the mid 1980's. In addition he has been a member of a wide array of long standing collaborative groups including Brew with Reggie Workman and Miya Masaoka, the GRH trio with Georg Graewe and Ernst Reijseger, the WHO trio with Michel Wintsch and Bänz Oester, as well as numerous duo projects with Thomas Lehn, John Butcher, Ellery Eskelin, Marilyn Crispell, and others. Mr. Hemingway is a Guggenheim fellow and has received numerous commissions for chamber and orchestral works as well as being noted for his innovative and multifaceted work as a solo performer which began in 1974. He was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet between 1983 and 1994 and is also well known for his collaborations with some of the world's most outstanding improvisers and composers including Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor, Mark Dresser, Anthony Davis, Derek Bailey, Leo Smith and many others. He currently lives in Switzerland having joined the faculty of the Hochschule Luzern in 2009."

-Gerry Hemingway Website (

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Product Information:

UPC: 5024792065523

Label: Leo
Catalog ID: LR 655
Squidco Product Code: 17097

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at Loft Koln in October 2007 and February 2011 by Wolfgang Stach.


Frank Gratkowski-alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, composition

Wolter Wierbos-trombone

Dieter Manderscheid-double bass

Gerry Hemingway-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Harm-oh-nie I 2:57

2. Harm-oh-nie II 5:34

3. Harm-oh-nie III 5:39

4. Harm-oh-nie IV 2:23

5. Harm-oh-nie V 2:09

6. Harm-oh-nie VI 7:38

7. Harm-oh-nie VII 3:27

8. Harm-oh-nie VIII 1:06

9. Le Vent et la Gorge 17:41

10. Lied / Song 4:17

11. GO! 12:05

12. The Flying Dutchman 9:38