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Jorgensmann Quartet, Theo: To Ornette - Hybrid Identity (Hatology)


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UPC: 752156057628

Label: Hatology
Catalog ID: Hatology576
Squidco Product Code: 10352

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded by Hrolfur Vagnsson at Vagnsson Studio, Hannover, Germany on November 27, 2000 and February 19, 2001.


Theo Jorgensmann-Bb Bassett clarinet

Christopher Dell-vibes

Christian Ramond-doublebass

Klaus Kugel-drums

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Although the relationship between Ornette Coleman and Theo Jörgensmann might at first blush seem somewhat tenuous, Peter Niklas Wilson argues convincingly in his liner notes that the spirit of Ornette is central to this music. While the album is dedicated to Ornette, none of his tunes are played, and the instrumentation bears little resemblance to his. Still, with the focus on melody (as a tool, not an end), the openness of time, the diversity of approaches within a single song, and the willingness to embrace unusual yet logical paths, Jörgensmann absorbs the legacy of Ornette in a way that might not at first be obvious. This is a tightly performed set of compositions in which the clarinetist's mastery of his horn leads him to flirt with the edges where free jazz meets hard bop. Jörgensmann has previously proved his virtuosic skills, and they are here in large doses, but this recording is not about jamming the changes or proving one's virility. This can be complex music, where a lightness of being intersects varied harmonies, and it can also be invigorating fare. Christopher Dell's vibes color the tonalities with a delicacy of being, though the results will never be mistaken as jazz-lite. At times, To Ornette - Hybrid Identity might seem atmospheric -- but not for long. Throughout there is a seriousness to it that begs the listener to concentrate closely, as there are layers of mystery to be peeled away."-Steven Loewy, All Music

Artist Biographies

"Prof. Dr. habil. Christopher Dell works as musician, theoretician and composer and in Berlin. Dell studied Philosophy, Music and Composition and holds a PhD in Organisation Psychology and a habilitation in cultural studies. Since 2000 Dell is head of the Institute for Improvisation Technology (ifit), Berlin. He currently holds a position as Professor for Urban Design Theory at the HafenCity University Hamburg. His teachings in Urban Desing Theory also include a.o. the University of Fine Arts Berlin, the Technical University Munich, Architectural Association London, University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg and the Fine Arts Academy Arnhem. His Monographies include: "Prinzip Improvisation", Köln 2002, "Improvisations on Urbanity" Rotterdam 2009, "Tacit Urbanism", Rotterdam 2009, "Replaycity", Berlin 2011, "Die improvisierende Organisation", Bielefeld 2012, "Ware:Wohnen!", Berlin 2013 und "Das Urbane", Berin 2014.

According to the "Reclam Jazzlexikon" Dell is one of Europe's leading vibraphonists. He has recorded numerous CD's and toured throughout Europe, Canada, China, USA, Japan, India, Africa and South America. His work as musician was honored with several awards e.g. the Downbeat Allstar Award, the Award of the "Deutsche Schallplattenkritik", Finalist European Jazzcompetition Brussels, Jazzprize of the City of Frankfurt, Scholarship "International Summerclasses for New Music" Darmstadt, the Compositionprize ERTA, the JazzArt-Award - Music of the 21st Century, the Musicprize of the City of Darmstadt, Finalist of the German Jazz Prize and a Grammy-Nomination."

-Christopher Dell Website (

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Christian Ramond. Instrument (s): Bass

born in Bonn, studied at the music academy in Cologne. After studying in Canada, he quickly established himself as a sought-after sideman for a wide variety of musical directions. I.a. he worked with: Joe Pass, Albert Mangelsdorf, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Marty Cook, Doug Rainey, Mighty Flea Conners, Michael Pilz and Phillip Catherine.

1983 - 1987 studies at the Cologne University of Music

- played in numerous television, radio and theater productions

- Concerts and tours in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Syria, Egypt, Sudan, Mexico, USA, Canada

- Festivals including Cologne, Leverkusen, Leipzig, Burghausen, Kempten, Wiehl, Hanover, Frankfurt, Rostock, Münster, Damascus, Sydney, Yokohama,

Montreal, Vancouver, San Fransisco, Varna, Amsterdam, Van Jing

- Collaboration and concerts with: J. Pass, A. Mangelsdorf, P. Catherine, K. Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Ch. Mariano, Th. Stanko, B. Shew, Jon Eardly, D. Liebman, K. Berger, Itaru Oki

- Current line-up including: Engstfeld / Weiss Quartet, DRA, Michel Pilz Trio, Theo Jörgesmann Quartet, Praskin-Köhler Quartet, Atlantic Auge

- Discography (among others):

"Melusian" and "Arbor" with Michel Pilz

"Future of the smallest form" and "DRA Real" with DRA

"Ta Eko Mo", Snyblomen "and" Hybrid Identity "with Th. Jörgesmann Quartet

"Signs Lings" with Jochen Feucht Trio

"Weirdos" with Peter Less Quartet,

"Lisboa" with Engstfeld / Weiss Quartet,

"Planetarium" with J. Singla-Blumenbein,

"Around Jazz" with Praskin-Koehler Quartet,

"Atlantic Eye" and "Snow in ..." with Atlantic Eye

-Jazz - (

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"Klaus Kugel studied at the School of Jazz in Munich. Since 1989 he attracted attention worldwide through projects with Petras Vysniauskas, Karl Berger, Tomasz Stanko, Charlie Mariano, Kent Carter, Michel Pilz, Theo Jorgensmann, Kenny Wheeler, Vyacheslav Ganelin, Bobo Stenson, Glen Moore, Steve Swell, Sabir Mateen, Robert Dick, Peter Evans, Perry Robinson, Hilliard Greene, John Lindberg, Gerd Dudek, William Parker, Bobby Few, Roy Campbell, Jemeel Moondoc, Waclaw Zimpel, Mars Williams, Charles Gayle, Conny Bauer, Ken Vandermark, Joe McPhee, John Edwards a.m.o..

Over the past 30 years, he gave numerous concerts and appeared at festivals throughout Europe, the Baltic States, Canada, USA, Syria, Japan, Mexico, Russia, China, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Israel."

-Klaus Kugel Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Mr. Vertigo 7:24

2. On Unsafe Roads 10:15

3. Hybrid Identity 4:52

4. Poème 5:30

5. Rainer 7:36

6. Sisu 5:42

7. Veneta 6:46

8. Greating to Ornette 4:48

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