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BassX3: Transatlantic (Leo Records)

Three bass instrumentalists - Gebhard Ullman on bass clarinet and bass flute, Chris Dahlgren on double bass, and Clayton Thomas on double bass, improvising on the lower end of the tonal range of chamber music.

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product information:

UPC: 5024792062522

Label: Leo Records
Catalog ID: CD LR 625
Squidco Product Code: 15800

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: UK
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded live at RBB Studios, Berlin on August 14th, 2009 by Nikolaus Lowe.


Gebahrd Ullmann-bass clarinet, bass flute

Chris Dahlgren-doublebass, objects

Clayton Thomas-doublebass, objects

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Artist Biographies:

"Double Bassist Clayton Thomas was born 1976, in Hobart, Australia. Inspired by the sound, velocity and social movements of jazz, Clayton has dedicated his musical life to finding a personal truth that links his own cultural life as a white Australian, with the radical, far reaching pursuits found within the creative music. What he can't find as a bass player, he searches for in the organisation of unreasonably large ensembles.

Clayton Thomas relocated in Sydney, Australia, in 2014. Clayton is currently not a regular member of the Splitter Orchester, but he was part of the 2014 concert @ MaerzMusik and he'll also take part in the 2015 concerts in Berlin and Huddersfield."

-Splitter Orchester Website (

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track listing:

1. Transatlantic (Part One) 8:33

2. The Thing 4:14

3. The No Piece 4:51

4. The Epic 11:47

5. Transatlantic (Part Two) 4:51

6. Ornette's Closet 2:39

7. Berlin Is Full Of Lonely People (Part One) 3:53

8. Berlin Is Full Of Lonely People (Part Two) 2:39

9. Transatlantic (Part Three) 19:43
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"The focus of this unique CD is the ensemble sound. This group is incredibly tight. The three players, with the bassists sometimes preparing their strings with various objects to create unique timbres, create a big, assertive block of sound, a multi-textured drone with a varied surface. The music is intimate, concentrated, rather than menacing, and details reveal themselves deep within the collective sound. Gebhard Ullmann is one of the most prolific and creatively fertile composer-improvisers working on either side of the Atlantic and this CD is one of his most original works."-Leo Records

"The trio's name derives from the fact that all the members, in a way or another, play a "bass" instrument. Bass clarinet and bass flute (Gebhard Ullmann), double bass and objects (both Chris Dahlgren and Clayton Thomas). Lowering the outstanding profundity of the collective textural palette to a mere "exploration of the low regions of the acoustic range" definition would be a deadly sin, for Bx3 are one of those units able to instantly elicit a sense of genuine awe. Furthermore, I love when a record transmits an absence of ego ever since its very first instants, which is exactly what happens in Transatlantic. The riveting qualities of coarse-grained drones given out by competent musicians is alone a generous gift, but refined subtleties and bitty variations also abound over the course of these magnificent tracks. The preparations have a definite say - minute string-bouncing, zinging-and-knocking insertions and meticulous placement of well-coordinated "musical noises" frequently orientate the interplay towards the realm of quietly efficient EAI. However, a strong backbone characterizes every instant of the disc: no whistling, no fizzing, no burbling. Tones and upper partials exist and breathe, each with its own special meaning. Their consolidation gives the idea of an earthy progression achieved through a mix of concentrated labour and sensitive reaction to the immediate circumstances. Reciprocal listening and utter ear-openness become nearly tactile when the whole is sized up via headphones. This notwithstanding, we're not going to deny that the really stirring consequences will be savoured by letting it resonate, thus increasing the vibrational percentage in the air."-Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

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