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Sommer, Gunter Baby (w/ Till Bronner): Baby's Party (Intakt)

For his 75th birthday celebration, German free jazz legend Guther "Baby" Sommer joined with German trumpeter and flugelhornist Till Bronner for a rhythmically inventive, lyrical, and joyful album of free improvisation, nine pieces from Sommer plus "Danny Boy" (Weatherly) and Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood", making for a stylish and upbeat party!

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Includes a 20 page booklet with photos and an essay from Thomas Bruckner in English and German.

UPC: 7640120193034

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: INN303
Squidco Product Code: 26246

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Hardstudios, in Winterthur, Switzerland, on December 5th and 6th, 2017, by Patrik Landolt.


Gunter Baby Sommer-drums, percussion

Till Bronner-trumpet, Flugelhorn, electronics

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"Günter "Baby" Sommer (born 25 August 1943 in Dresden) is a German jazz drummer.

He studied music in Dresden. He rose to fame in the GDR. He is part of the European free jazz avantgarde. He was part of the trio with Conny Bauer and Peter Kowald. He is now professor for drums and percussion in Dresden. The drummer and composer Christian Lillinger was one of his former students. The album Three Seasons "(HGBS 2014 with Michel Godard and Patrick Bebelaar) was awarded " Album of the Year 2014 " by The New York City Jazz Record."

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"Till Brönner (born 6 May 1971 in Viersen, West Germany) is a jazz musician, trumpeter, singer, composer, arranger and producer.

His approach is influenced by bebop and fusion jazz, but also modern pop music, movie soundtracks (especially old German movies), country music and German pop songs. His trumpet playing is primarily inspired by Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, and Chet Baker. His most influential teachers were Bobby Shew and Malte Burba.

Brönner was raised in Rome and received classical trumpet education at the Jesuit boarding school Aloisiuskolleg in Bonn. During high school, he completed a one-year exchange program to the United States with the organization ASSIST. He then studied jazz trumpet at the music academy in Cologne under Jiggs Whigham and Jon Eardley.

From 1989-1991, he was a member of the Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & Brass. At the age of twenty, he became solo trumpeter of the RIAS Big Band Berlin under Horst Jankowski and Jiggs Whigham.

He recorded his debut album, Generations of Jazz (1993) with Ray Brown and Jeff Hamilton. His vocal debut was on Love (Verve, 1998). His album That Summer (2004) landed on the German pop chart at No. 16 and made him the bestselling jazz musician in Germany's history. Larry Klein produced his next two albums. Oceana (2006) featured appearances by vocalists Carla Bruni, Madeleine Peyroux, and Luciana Souza. Rio (2009) was a tribute to bossa nova and Brazilian music with appearances by Kurt Elling, Melody Gardot, Sergio Mendes, Milton Nascimento, and Luciana Souza.

Brönner wrote the score for Jazz Seen, a documentary about photographer William Claxton, and composed the soundtrack for Höllentour, a movie about the Tour de France bicycle race. In 2014, he released The Movie Album, which contained cover versions of songs from old movies to the present, recorded in Los Angeles.

Brönner has worked with Monty Alexander, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Natalie Cole, Klaus Doldinger, Al Foster, Johnny Griffin, Chaka Khan, Joachim Kühn, Nils Landgren, James Moody, Aki Takase, and Ernie Watts."

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track listing:

1. Apero Con Brio 6:01

2. First Shot 3:43

3. Special Guest No.1 - Danny Boy 5:52

4. Flinke Besen 4:37

5. Second Shot 3:00

6. A Soft Drink In Between 6:49

7. Inside-Outside-Trip 5:44

8. Third Shout 2:06

9. A Little Nap In Between 6:53

10. Special Guest No.2 - Der Alte Spanier 6:34

11. Party Over - In A Sentimental Mood 4:38
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"Gunter Baby Sommer is at the height of his musical career. After Song for Kommeno and his Solo masterpiece Dedications he presents at his 75th birthday a duo recording with german trumpet player Till Bronner. The listeners will notice quite quickly how relaxed Till Bronner and Baby Sommer correspond, the chosen musical material included. We experience the meeting of two musicians who have found a common language despite their personal distinctness; who do not need to prove anything to anybody.

That is why their very first ever recording is fed by a basic calmness. Had Baby's Party not been chosen to become this CDs title, the last piece - the Duke's "In a Sentimental Mood" - would have made an equally well fitting title. Not in the sense of a yearning retrospection but - according to the two musicians' natural disposition - in the sense of an invincible preview of what is ahead of them."-Intakt

"The music from the German duo of Gunter Baby Sommer and Till Bronner is best described as gestural, meaning the pair utilizes posture and body movement to effect an oratory-in this case the somatic nature of Sommer's drum and percussion work and the flow of breath through Brönner's trumpet and flugelhorn.

On the occasion of Sommer's 75th birthday year Brönner, nearly thirty years his junior, joins the master for eleven inventive and sometimes muscular tracks. Opening with "Apéro con brio," Sommer's wooden slit drum hypnotizes the ear with a tailored groove while Brönner chases a dusky melody. Their conversation feels spontaneous and unselfconscious throughout the nearly hour long session. But then again Sommer has had much practice at these intimate performances with players like Wadada Leo Smith, Ulrich Gumpert, Cecil Taylor, Raymond MacDonald, and Irene Schweizer, to name just a few.

The duo gives a nod to free jazz, but favors melody throughout. Their takes on two classics, "Danny Boy" and "In a Sentimental Mood" show reverence for the originals, yet allow both musicians to stretch the fabric of the music with time and manipulation of textures. With Brönner, Sommer has a player comfortable with the history of his horn from Blue Mitchell to Jon Hassell. He can sprint skidding notes against the speed brushwork of the drummer and blow slumbering sounds over roiling mallet work. The connection between the two players is quite strong, which amplifies each gesture."-Mark Corroto, All About Jazz

Includes a 20 page booklet with photos and an essay from Thomas Bruckner in English and German.

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Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation and Experimental Forms
Percussion & Drums
Recordings featuring brass instruments - trumpets, trombones, tubas, other horns
Duo Recordings

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