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Rollig, Silke / Burton Greene: Space Is Still The Place (Improvising Beings)

New York free jazz pianist Burton Greene and free jazz vocalist Silke Rollig recorded these thirteen improvisations at The Loft in Koln, Germany in 2013, a mix of lyrical free playing with scat and freeform vocals, accompanied by flute, and by sax, on one piece each.

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UPC: 0635292692369

Label: Improvising Beings
Catalog ID: ib39
Squidco Product Code: 21588

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: France
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at The Loft in Koln, Germany, on April 8th and July 1st, 2013, by Stefan Deistler.


Silke Rollig-vocals

Burton Greene-piano

Tatjana Franzen-flute

Heike Rollig-saxophone

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"Burton Greene (born June 14, 1937) is a free jazz pianist born in Chicago, Illinois, though most known for his work in New York City. He has explored a variety of genres, including avant-garde jazz and the Klezmer medium.

Greene rose to popularity during the 1960s on New York's free jazz scene, gigging with well-known musicians which included Alan Silva and Marion Brown, among a host of others. With Alan Silva he formed the Free Form Improvisation Ensemble in 1963. He joined Bill Dixon's and Cecil Taylor's Jazz Composers Guild in 1964, and also played with a number of other artists, including Rashied Ali, Albert Ayler, Gato Barbieri, Byard Lancaster, Sam Rivers, Patty Waters, and others. During this time, he recorded two albums under his own name for ESP-Disk.

He moved to Europe in 1969, first to Paris. Since then he has been living in Amsterdam and played with such Dutch musicians as Maarten Altena and Willem Breuker. During the late 1980s he began exploring the Klezmer tradition in his groups Klezmokum (along with Perry Robinson), Klez-thetics, and a more recent group called Klez-Edge with vocalist Marek Balata. Klez-Edge has a recent recording Ancestors, Mindreles, NaGila Monsters (2008) out on John Zorn's Tzadik label. A duet with Perry Robinson, also on the Tzadik label, Two Voices in the Desert was released in January 2009.

Since the mid-1990s Greene has often performed and recorded in New York and along the East Coast. Greene's recent performance and recorded groups based in New York include a duet with bassist Mark Dresser; a quartet with trumpeter Roy Campbell, Lou Grassi and Adam Lane; a trio with Ed and George Schuller on bass and drums (recorded on the CIMP label); and a quintet with the Schuller brothers, Russ Nolan on saxes and flute and Paul Smoker on trumpet. His autobiography written over 20 years, Memoirs of a Musical Pesty-Mystic, was published in 2001 (Cadence Jazz Books)."

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track listing:

1. Something In The Way 4:28

2. Freebop The First 6:47

3. Kinder March 7:58

4. Freeboparoony 5:55

5. Hello 6:54

6. Cancer (From Zodiac Suite) 3:40

7. Gemini (From Zodiac Suite) 3:58

8. Space Is Still The Place 8:00

9. Freebop The Fourth 5:59

10. Baby Waltz Plus 4:02

11. 63rd and Cottage Groove 4:30

12. Chorale 7:47

13. Syl And The Arshayic People 4:54
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"Silke (Syl) and I have been close friends, even "spiritual partners' if you will since we first met in 1999. She came to a gig in Soest, Holland I did in quartet with essentially the same band I performed with in her native Cologne, Germany back in about 1987. She was at that gig--in fact the first jazz gig she ever attended--also! Since about 2004 we started working on compositions together. She would write these great original melodies, and I would orchestrate and often extend them. Our pieces together have appeared with different ensembles on several labels: CIMP, BV Haast, Tzadik Records, NoBusiness Records, Music & Words, and recently on the Studio 234 (Boston) label. For the first time thanks to Improvising Beings we are here in the intimacy of our duo-vocals and piano."-Burton Green, from the liner notes.

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