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Grid Mesh drummer Willi Kellers Quartet with the dual saxophone lineup of Paul Dunmall and Frank Paul Schubert and bassist Clayton Thomas (BassX3, Ames Room) performing live at Black box/CUBA, in Muenster, DE; powerful and innovative improv.

Kellers, Willi Quartet
Life In A Black Box

Kellers, Willi Quartet: Life In A Black Box (FMR)

Label: FMR    
Released in: Great Britain    

"In a recent batch of releases from the prolific FMR Records, the one that caught my eye was Life in a Black Box by the Willi Kellers Quartet, featuring (together with Frank Paul Schubert) half of the Grid Mesh quartet, whose album Live in Madrid I have enjoyed. Together with Kellers & Schubert, Life in a Black Box includes Paul Dunmall (who has a huge discography, including on FMR) & Clayton Thomas (featured in this space with The Ames Room, plus various other German releases), two other prominent musicians. It's a very long album with a lot happening, free blowing (and other playing) reminiscent of the Ornette Coleman standard with two horns, bass & drums. There is a lot of soloing, although with some overlap, producing a fairly conventional album that differs more in detail (e.g. bagpipes) than in approach, at least for most of its length. It's a lot of activity, with some different interaction (more into tonal coloring) only with the bass solo opening "Second Box" invoking a slow battle with the frenetic style, leaving a residual pointillism that is eventually dominated by a layered atmosphere. With that track, the album does seem contemporary. The final track features quick motion again, but quieter & more fractured, almost "free jazz" as a background. [...]"-Todd McComb

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Product Information:

UPC: 0617629603453

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMRCD382
Squidco Product Code: 19744

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded live at Black box/CUBA, in Muenster, Germany on Feburary 14th, 2014 by Erhard Hirtmastered and Olaf Rupp.


Willi Kellers-drums, percussion

Paul Dunmall-tenor saxophone, bagpipes

Frank Paul Schubert-alto saxophone, soprano saxophone

Clayton Thomas-bass

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Track Listing:

1. First Box 33:02

2. Interlude 9:26

3. Second Box 23:59

4. Burlesque 7:11