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Albert Mangelsdorf award-winning pianist Achim Kaufmann and multi-reedist Gebhard Ullmann met in the studio for the first time in Berlin, Germany to record these upbeat free improvisations, intricate collective playing covering a wide range of moods and styles.

Ullmann, Gebhard / Achim Kaufmann

Ullmann, Gebhard / Achim Kaufmann: Geode (Leo)

Label: Leo    
Released in: Great Britain    

"The piano player Achim Kaufmann is the recipient of one of the highest jazz awards in Europe for 2015 - Albert Mangelsdorf award. The reed player Gebhard Ullmann has been the recipient of many awards during his 30 years' career. Amazingly, these two great improvising artists have never played together before. They recorded in the beautiful chamber music hall of Berlin radio. The sound quality is fantastic and so is the music. Don't be put off by the title: geode is a geological term - that's how deep the musicians have to dig to get to the truth."-Leo

"Gebhard Ullmann has been described by Paul Bley as "one of the finest improvising artists in the world today" and for many years has been one of the foremost heralds of the music scenes in Berlin and in the international enclaves. Since moving to Berlin in 1983 he has recorded more than 50 albums.

Achim Kaufmann, relatively speaking, has been much-underestimated but this is changing. He has become noted for the way in which he allows both isolated notes as well as chords the space in which they may respire. His influences grow from dissimilar musical domains, but jazz tradition is heard behind his elucidations of excerpts and pieces from Ellington or Monk for example.

These two, very fine musicians come together to deliver some very exciting free music in which the amalgamation of the softer tenor and bass clarinet with the comparative attack of the piano results in some audacious tonal explorations.-"Ken Cheetham, Jazz Views

"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 (

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Product Information:

UPC: 5024792072729

Label: Leo
Catalog ID: LEO 727
Squidco Product Code: 22003

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at RBB Studios, in Berlin, Germany, on July 1st, 2013, by Nikolaus Lowe.


Gebhard Ullmann-tenor saxophone, bass clarinet

Achim Kaufmann-piano

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Track Listing:

1. Interanimation 4:18

2. Lightly Enticed 4:52

3. Roadside Verges 4:03

4. Of Linnets And Ivory 7:37

5. Fault-lines 5:01

6. Eulenblind 4:09

7. Fleckgeist 3:40

8. Zircon Shuffle 2:35

9. Bone, Grizzle And Quartz 6:13

10. Jasper Ax 2:46

11. Storm Inside 4:54

12. Cobweb Interiors 4:41