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Gumpert, Ulrich / Gunter Baby Sommer: La Paloma (Intakt)

The second release on Intakt pairing pianist Ulrich Gumpert and percussionist Gunter Baby Sommer in an album that borrows from blues, boogie-woogie, hard bop, German folk songs, and free jazz.

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16 page color booklet with photos and text in German and English.

UPC: 7640120191986

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: INT198
Squidco Product Code: 15772

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded October 2010 and May 2011 at HGBS Studio Villingen, Friedhelm Schulz by Klaus-Dieter Hesse.


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Gunter Baby Sommer-percussion

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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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track listing:

1. Gamme 6:15

2. Two For Funk 4:20

3. Lovesong For KA 5:00

4. Fritze Blues 3:57

5. Indian Love Call 3:55

6. Like Don 3:45

7. Preussische Elegie 6:09

8. Shuffle To WH 3:24

9. Es Fiel Ein Reif 7:47

10. Lament For J. B. 5:04

11. La Paloma 5:56
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Ulrich Gumpert and Günter Baby Sommer with their second duo-release on Intakt Records: "La Paloma" strikes a wide arco: blues, boogie-woogie, hard bop, arrangements of German folk songs, free jazz - it's all there. Günter Sommer's "drum fills" show clearly why he got his nickname from Louis Armstrong's drummer Baby Dodds, while a piece like "Preußische Elegie" ("Prussian Elegy", the title itself, a contradiction) demonstrates what a great composer Ulrich Gumpert actually is. The CD was recorded in the MPS-Studio in Villingen in the Black Forest, where they have a mighty "Bösendorfer Imperial". Oscar Peterson, Red Garland, Hampton Hawes and Roland Hanna have recorded on it - which makes it a sacred instrument. The album ends with "La Paloma". This longing melody is celebrated in a serious and distinguished manner, with great authority, confident and detached. And furnished with a small distancing effect added: two beats rest before each verse almost seems like an ironic twinkle in the eye."-Intakt

16 page color booklet with photos and text in German and English.
Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
Piano & Keyboards
Percussion & Drums
Duo Recordings

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