The Berlin-based trio of free improvising vocalist Almut Kuhne, pianist Achim Kaufmann and reedist Gebhard Ullmann for ten originals, on-the-edge, informed improvisation of great skill and melodic invention, taking their music into uncharted and unconventional territory.
Kuhne, Almut / Gebhard Ullmann / Achim Kaufmann
Released in: Great Britain
"You won't find the word "marbrakeys" in the dictionary. It is a sound invention of a young brilliant vocalist Almut Kuhne who is at the beginning of her exciting career. She is not intimidated to perform with two major European improvising artists: Achim Kaufmann on piano and Gebhard Ullmann on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet. There is nothing she cannot do with her voice which covers a huge range of sounds from the highest to the lowest. You would do well to remember the name -a major vocal force has arrived on the scene."-Leo
"The ever-productive reed musician Gebhard Ullmann has dropped his third and fourth releases for 2016 at the same time. Geode boasts 12 new improvisations performed by Ullmann on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet and Achim Kaufmann on piano and Marbrakeys adds vocalist Almut Kühne to the same lineup for 10 jointly-composed tracks.
Geode was recorded in a chamber music hall in Berlin and it finds Ullmann and Kaufmann playing off one another wonderfully. Kaufmann consistently blurs the line between jazz and classical music, as he does on "Eulenblind", and Ullmann keeps stretching the sounds of his instruments to their breaking points, as on "Fault-lines" and "Fleckgeist". Almut Kühne, for her part, doesn't seem to be performing off of Ullmann or Kaufmann for much of Marbrakeys. Instead, she seems content puncturing the air with as many histrionic distractions as she wishes, no matter what the other two musicians are up to. It can make for agitated listening, one in which, Geode, for all its atonal risks and loose structure, becomes an unlikely antidote."-John Garratt, Pop Matters
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"Born on November 2, 1957 in Bad Godesberg, Germany saxophonist (tenor and soprano), bass clarinetist, bass flutist and composer Gebhard Ullmann studied medecine and music in Hamburg and moved to Berlin in 1983.Since then he has recorded more than 50 CDs as a leader or co-leader for prestigious labels such as Soul Note (Italy), Leo Records (UK), Between The Lines (Germany), CIMP (USA), NotTwo Records (Poland), Clean Feed (Portugal) Unit Records (Switzerland) and others.
For many years he is considered one of the leading personalities in both the Berlin and international music scenes and has received numerous awards for his work including the Julius Hemphill Composition Award in two categories ('99), the Deutsche Phonoakademie award ('83), one of the first SWF Jazz Awards ('87) and the nomination best-jazz-CD-of-the-year by the German Schallplattenkritik for his CD Tá Lam in 1995.
His CDs Final Answer (2002) The Bigband Project (2004) New Basement Research (2008) News? No News! (2010) Mingus! (2011) Clarinet Trio 4 (2012) were all listed in Downbeat Magazine among the best CDs of those years. The CD Transatlantic received the prestigious Choc of the French Jazz Magazine in 2012. Since 2005 Gebhard Ullmann is listed in the Downbeat Critics Poll, 2015 for the first time in three categories.
Since 1993 Ullmann was a recording artist for Soul Note and has been living in New York City and Berlin. He has toured with his music throughout Europe as well as Africa, the Middle East, Canada, New Zealand, the USA, South East Asia, Mexico and China and performed on most of the world's most prestigious jazz festivals."-Gebhard Ullmann Website (http://gebhard-ullmann.com/GU.html)
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Recorded at RBB Studios, in Berlin, Germany, on July 2nd, 2013, by Nikolaus Lowe.
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1. Marbrakeys 3:29
2. Hark 3:41
3. Fainting Lilies 6:17
4. Gebs Path 5:14
5. Two Out Of Three 3:03
6. Humble Heart 5:40
7. Hazy Maze 4:08
8. The Heron 6:18
9. Established Failures 3:22
10. Marbrakeys 8:35