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Sommer, Gunter Baby: Dedications (Intakt)

An album of solo percussion from authoritative European improvising percussionist Gunter "Baby" Sommer, 9 works of exhilarating rhythms performed on drums, tubular bells, hang, gongs, xylophone, an array of unusual percussion instruments, plus his voice.

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product information:

UPC: 7640120192242

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: Intakt 224
Squidco Product Code: 19100

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Kulturradio RBB (Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg) in Berlin, Germany, on January 10th, 11th, and 12th, 2013, a by Wolfgang Hoff.


Gunter Baby Sommer-drums, percussion, voice

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track listing:

1. Von Baby zu Baby (Dedicated to Baby Dodds) 4:26

2. 2 Besen fur Philly Joe (Dedicated to Philly Joe Jones) 4:27

3. Klangstuck fur Pierre (Dedicated to Pierre Favre) 6:07

4. Art Goes Art (Dedicated to Art Blakey) 8:27

5. A Letter to Paul (Dedicated to Paul Lovens) 4:06

6. Harmonisches Gerassel fur Han (Dedicated to Han Bennink) 5:55

7. Ed Blackwell (Dedicated to Ed Blackwell) 2:50

8. Von Max fur Max (Dedicated to Max Roach) 9:40

9. Selfportrait 6:48
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Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
Percussion & Drums
Solo Artist Recordings
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"Günter 'Baby' Sommer is at the height of his musical career. After Song for Kommeno (Intakt CD 190) Sommer, one of the architects of European jazz drumming, now presents his solo masterpiece. The nine songs on the album tell stories and draw the listener into this exhilarating wonderworld of rhythms. Tubular bells, hang, gongs, xylophone and an array of unusual percussion instruments plus his voice, transform his carefully chosen drum set into a percussive orchestra of rare intensity.

Günter 'Baby' Sommer, who lives in Dresden, East Germany, has dedicated this album to the great drummers of jazz: from Baby Dodds, from whom Sommer got his nickname, to Philly Joe Jones, Ed Blackwell, Max Roach, Pierre Favre, Han Bennink and Paul Lovens. From the first beat of the album you enter the world of swing, bebop, drive and pulse. This is a breathtaking adventure in sound and an exciting guide through the art of jazz drumming."-Intakt

Artist Biographies:

"Günter "Baby" Sommer (born 25 August 1943 in Dresden) is a German jazz drummer.

He studied music in Dresden. He rose to fame in the GDR. He is part of the European free jazz avantgarde. He was part of the trio with Conny Bauer and Peter Kowald. He is now professor for drums and percussion in Dresden. The drummer and composer Christian Lillinger was one of his former students. The album Three Seasons "(HGBS 2014 with Michel Godard and Patrick Bebelaar) was awarded " Album of the Year 2014 " by The New York City Jazz Record."

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