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Globe Unity Orchestra: Globe Unity 67/70 (Atavistic)

"On this reissue, Alexander Von Schlippenbach leads two huge, all-star lineups of 18 European improvisers through two big band pieces that aren't just the crazy free explosions one might expect. While there's plenty of playing that's ag...
 

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UPC: 735286222326

Label: Atavistic
Catalog ID: ALP 223CD
Squidco Product Code: 21341

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Austria
Packaging: Jewel Case
Track 1 was recorded at Donaueschingen Tage fur Neue Musik, Stadthalle, Donaueschingen, Germany on October 21st, 1967.

Track 2 was recorded at the Berlin Jazz Festival, Kongresshalle in Berlin, Germany on November 7th, 1970.


Personnel:

Peter Brotzmann-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone

Kris Wanders-bass clarinet, alto saxophone

Willem Breuker-baritone saxophone, clarinet

J.B. Niebergall-bass

Peter Kowald-bass-cornet, trumpet, tuba

Sven-Ake Johansson-drums

Mani Neumeier-drums

Jaki Liebezeit-drums, timpani

Gunter Hampel-flute, bass clarinet

Alexander von Schlippenbach-piano, bells, tam-tam, percussion

Heinz Sauer-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone

Gerd Dudek-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet, flute

Albert Mangelsdorff-trombone

Jiggs Wigham-trombone

Claude Deron-trumpet

Jurg Grau-trumpet

Willy Lietzmann-tuba

Karlhanns Berger-vibraphone

Arjen Gorter-bass, electric bass

Buschi Niebergall-bass, trombone

Han Bennink-drums, horn, trumpet, Dhung

Paul Lovens-rums, percussion

Derek Bailey-guitar

Michel Pilz-soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, flute

Evan Parker-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone

Albert Mangelsdorff-trombone

Malcolm Griffiths-trombone

Paul Rutherford-trombone, horn

Bernard Vitet-trumpet

Tomasz Stanko-trumpet

Kenny Wheeler-trumpet, Flugelhorn

Manfred Schoof-trumpet, Flugelhorn

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track listing:


1. Globe Unity 67 34:21

2. Globe Unity 70 17:55
Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Jazz
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
Large Ensembles
Free Improvisation

descriptions, reviews, &c.

"On this reissue, Alexander Von Schlippenbach leads two huge, all-star lineups of 18 European improvisers through two big band pieces that aren't just the crazy free explosions one might expect. While there's plenty of playing that's aggressive, dissonant, and, well, loud, these pieces are also ingeniously arranged. Von Schlippenbach scored both pieces using graphic notation, in which the composer dictates the shape of the piece, but might not tell the players what notes and rhythms to play. So while the improvisers here have a lot of freedom, they also hang together quite well given the number of musicians involved. There are plenty of solo passages, so the personalities of the individual players, such as Peter Brotzmann and Han Bennink, aren't lost in the crowd. Before he composed the frameworks for the two compositions here, Von Schlippenbach surely thought of earlier pieces of free improvisation for a large ensemble, such as John Coltrane's Ascension and Ornette Coleman's FreeJazz. While Globe Unity 67 and 70 is close to those pieces in spirit, though, it often differs widely from them in practice. Compared to Ascension and Free Jazz, the organization of Von Schlippenbach's music is not as similar to traditional American jazz and neither is the playing: the members of Von Schlippenbach's orchestra would rather shriek through their horns or bellow huge, roaring glissandi than play anything resembling the blues. Globe Unity 67 and 70 is rich, provocative European free improvisation that's well worth hearing for fans of any of the musicians who play on it."-Charlie Wilmoth, allmusic.com


 
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