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Takase, Aki  / Eberhard, Silke: Ornette Coleman Anthology [2 CDs] (Intakt)


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UPC: 7640120191290

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: ITK129.2
Squidco Product Code: 8460

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded September 19-21 2006 by Rainer Robben at AudioCue Studio, Berlin.


Aki Takase-piano

Silke Eberhard-alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet

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"Aki Takase ( ) (born January 26, 1948) is a Japanese jazz pianist and composer.

Takase was born in Osaka and started to play piano at age 3. Raised in Tokyo, Takase studied classical piano at Toho Gakuen School of Music. Starting in 1978, she performed and recorded in the US. Her collaborators included with Lester Bowie, Sheila Jordan, David Liebman, and John Zorn. Her first Euopean appearance was in 1981 at the Berlin Jazz Festival in Germany. She instantly became one of the most sought after musicians, who was touring constantly the main international jazzfestivals.

For many years, she has been working with her husband Alexander von Schlippenbach, as well as with Eugene Chadbourne, Han Bennink, Evan Parker, Paul Lovens, Fred Frith and others, and in duets with Maria Jo‹o, David Murray and Rudi Mahall.

In various projects, Takase has dealt with famous jazz musicians: Duke Ellington (1990), Thelonious Monk (1994), Eric Dolphy (1998), W.C. Handy (2002), Fats Waller (2004), and Ornette Coleman (2006).

In 2002, Takase recorded with writer Yoko Tawada. Takase had read some of Tawada's poems, and, as the writer reported, she "started composing melodies and settings for my texts. When we got together, I read my poems in the same way that I always read them out loud. Aki played, listened carefully to the poems, and started improvising." In later performances, Takase used more unconventional instruments when accompanying Tawada.

Since 1987, Takase has lived in Berlin."

-Wikipedia (

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"Silke Eberhard is a saxophonist, clarinetist and composer based in Berlin. In addition to her long-standing trio with Jan Roder and Kay Lübke she leads her wind quartet Potsa Lotsa that interprets the compositional work of Eric Dolphy and her septett Potsa Lotsa Plus. She works with many collective ensembles including a duo with Ulrich Gumpert, a duo with drummer Alex Huber, the trio I am Three. She performed and/or recorded with numerous musicians of the international jazzscene such as Aki Takase, David Liebman, Wayne Horvitz, Dave Burrell, Gerry Hemingway, Michael Zerang, Hannes Zerbe a.m.o. CDs on record labels like Jazzwerkstatt, Not Two, Leo, INTAKT, Intuition document her work. Her album Potsa Lotsa Love Suite Plus plays by Eric Dolphy was awarded the Prize of the German Record Critics 2015/1."

-Silke Eberhard Website (

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track listing:

CD 1:

1. Turnaround

2. Lonely Woman

3. Free

4. The Blessing

5. Folk Tale

6. Open to the Public - Check Out Time

7. Cross Breeding

8. The Sphinx

9. Dedicated to OC-Doughnut

10. Revolving Door

11. Mr. and Mrs. People

12. Angel Voice

13. Motive for Its Use

14. The Disguise

15. Change of the Century

16. Focus on Sanity

CD 2:

1. Congeniality

2. Airborne

3. Broadway Blues

4. Beauty Is a Rare Thing

5. Face of the Bass

6. Peace

7. Little Symphony

8. Eventually

9. Humpty Dumpty

10. Eos

11. W.R.U.

12. Check Up - Enfant

13. I Heard It Over the Radio

14. Round Trip

15. Music Always

16. Love Call

17. Una Muy Bonita
descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Wonderful, impressive, exciting, almost odd, and in any case fascinating: two women play Ornette Coleman tunes in a duo with reeds and piano, and beyond that with selections from the phase when the jazz innovator consciously left piano out of his groups. Aki Takase, the Grande Dame of jazz piano based in the tradition but open to freedom, meets the young saxophonist Silke Eberhard, who has made a name for herself with her own bands. They play early Ornette Coleman tunes. And it's soon clear: they're addictive. It's not just that they're catchy. They're only simple when considered superficially; they can trigger the highest levels of complexity. They are provocative, inciting total freedom, but always with shape and form. What can be heard on the two duo CDs is not only a Coleman anthology but also an encyclopedia of approaches to his melodies. Every conceivable manner of arranging and improvising is explored here - melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, sonic."-Bert Noglik, from the liner notes

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