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Berlin Art Quartet (Schubert / Bauer / Muller / Bruggemann): Live At B-Flat (Unisono Records)

Inspired by and using the same instrumentation as John Tchicai's seminal 60's free jazz band New York Art Quartet, since 2013 the Berlin Art Quartet of Matthias Schubert on saxophone, Matthias Bauer on bass, Matthias Muller on trombone, and Reinhard Bruggemann on drums, has carried on the spirit of NY Free Jazz, here in a live concert at B-Flat, in Berlin in 2019.

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UPC: 4050215807150

Label: Unisono Records
Catalog ID: UNIREC7150
Squidco Product Code: 28702

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Germany
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at B-Flat, in Berlin, Germany, on Jan 15th, 2019, by Patrick Romer.


Matthias Schubert-saxophone

Matthias Bauer-bass

Matthias Muller-trombone

Reinhard Bruggemann-drums

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"Matthias Schubert (born April 18, 1960 in Kassel ) is a German jazz musician (tenor saxophone, oboe and composition).

Schubert had oboe lessons as a teenager. The saxophonists Allan Praskin and Melvin Phillips introduced him to jazz. He studied from 1979 to 1983 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Hamburg with Andy Scherrer, Herb Geller and Walter Norris. He played for a long time in the Euro Jazz Band, the Graham Collier Band and the Marty Cook Group, but also with the groups of Albert Mangelsdorff, Manfred Bründl and others.

He played in the quartet with Simon Nabatov, Lindsey Horner and Tom Rainey during the 1990s. He forms a trio with Carl Ludwig Hübsch and Wolter Wierbos. He has founded the James Choice Orchestra with Hübsch, Frank Gratkowski and Norbert Stein. He also played with Karl Berger, Klaus King, Kathrin Lemke, Jeanne Lee, Joachim Ullrich, Andreas Willers, Xu Fengxia, Scott Fields, Uwe Oberg,Uli Böttcher and Alois Kott. In 2001 he was appointed as a lecturer at the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover."

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"Matthias Bauer is a double bass player, improviser and composer who is mainly working in the field of improvised and new music.

He performed with many internationally renowned musicians of the free improviser scene and took part in various ensembles and festivals.A central concern is his own solo performance incorporating the voice.

His compositions aim to make a bridge between composition and music

He performed a large repertoire of solo compositions and is working with Berlin based new music ensembles unitedberlin, asian art, Junge Musik and mosaik.He is on several CD releases and performed at festivals like Maerzmusic Berlin, musicaviva München, Biennale Venedig, nuovaconsonanza Rom, musique on scene Lyon, Daegu Contemporary Music Festival, Wien Modern, Konfrontationen Nickelsdorf and Total Music Meeting."

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"Matthias Müller was born 1971 in Zeven, Germany and starting playing trombone in the local trombone choir at the age of 10. From 1994 to 1999 he studied jazz-trombone at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, where he also made his first steps into improvised music. His CD "Bhavan", which was released in 2004, was produced by Chicago based musician and journalist John Corbett. In the same year he moved to Berlin and has since been regularly playing with internationally recognized improvisers such as John Edwards, Mark Sanders, George Lewis, Johannes Bauer, Jeb Bishop, Tobias Delius, Olaf Rupp, Paul Lovens, Toshimaru Nakamura, Clayton Thomas, Michael Vorfeld, Axel Dörner, and many more. He is a member of the 24-piece improvising ensemble, "Splitter Orchester", and was also a member of the "German-French Jazzensemble" under the direction of Albert Mangelsdorff. In addition, Müller is also active in the field of contemporary music, having worked with the Berlin-based ensembles "Xenon", "Work In Progress", and "Zinc & Copper Works". He also took part in the performance and CD-recording of composer Mark Andre's opera "...22, 13...". Müller has toured Africa, Asia, North America and many countries in Europe, having played on numerous festivals, and released more than 20 CDs of his own projects."

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Reinhard Brüggemann is a German drummer, known for the groups Berlin Art Quartet and Gruppe Hörsturz.

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track listing:

1. Entfaltung | Unfolding 19:58

2. Bewegung | Motion 18:36

3. Erinnerung | Memory 4:28

4. Kombination | Combination 8:00

5. Polar-Schmelze | Polar Melting 6:53

6. Gipfeltreffen | Summit 13:01
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"The musical inspiration of the Berlin Art Quartet is based on two records of the New York Art Quartet which were published under the direction of saxophonist John Tchicai in 1964 / 65. The then young student of architecture Reinhard Brueggemann, an avantgarde jazz drummer from 1965 to 1971 in the small circle around Jost Gebers, the later Free Music Production founder, was deeply impressed by the ART sounds from New York City.

The idea of founding a Berlin Art Quartet was born in 2013 by Reinhard Brueggemann (drums), using the specific instrumentation of the New York Art Quartet with the renowned band members Matthias Schubert (tenor sax), Matthias Mueller (trombone) and Matthias Bauer (double bass). Trombonist Johannes Bauer had already taken Matthias Mueller's place in 2013 and was a committed member of the band until his death in 2016. His very last concert was with us on October 19, 2015 in the jazz club "B-flat".

Also in his memory we continue our way in the free music of contemporary jazz and improvisation. The freely improvised music of the Berlin Art Quartet will continue to provide fascinating sounds and spirited interplay. After more than half a century, free jazz is still the music of freedom, self-determination and collective power — in other words, the music of the future!

"The utopia of the > idea of a language of music < - without social, ethical and other barriers, understandable and experience-able by all people - a deeply democratic utopia inspires the music ...

"-Unisono Records

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