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Keys & Screws (Thomas Borgmann / Jan Roder / Willi Kellers): Some More Jazz [VINYL] (NoBusiness)

Two thirds of the free jazz group "Boom Box"--saxophonist Thomas Borgmann and drummer Willi Kellers--and referencing that band's 2011 album titled Jazz, Keys & Screws is rounded out as a trio with double bassist Jan Roder, following the format of "Jazz" with compositions from each player following head/solo format, fueled by each player's extensive experience.
 

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Thomas Borgmann-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, toy melodica

Jan Roder-double bass

Willi Kellers-drums, steeldrum, percussion


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Label: NoBusiness
Catalog ID: NBLP 133
Squidco Product Code: 29301

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Lithuania
Packaging: LP
Recorded at SAE Studios, in Berlin, Germany, on May 16th, 2017, by Robert Oeser.

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"In Berlin, in June 2010, a trio calling themselves Boom Box recorded the album Jazz (Jazzwerkstatt, 2011) which was released to considerable acclaim; that group comprised Thomas Borgmann on tenor, soprano and sopranino saxophones plus harmonica, Akira Ando on double-bass and Willi Kellers on drums and percussion, each of whom penned two of the album's six tracks. Collaborations between Borgmann and Kellers date back at least as far as 1995, when they recorded the album Erste Heimat (Konnex, 1995) by the quartet Ruf Der Heimat.

Fast forward to Berlin, May 2017, when a trio called Keys and Screws recorded, in studio, the album Some More Jazz, which was released in 2020 on NoBusiness Records on CD and limited-edition vinyl. Keys and Screws saw it as a follow-up to Jazz, which makes perfect sense when that trio's line-up turns out to be Borgmann on tenor and soprano saxophones plus toy melodica, Jan Roder on double bass, and Kellers on drums, steel drum and percussion, each of the three having written one of the album's tracks (Kellers' being a two-parter-maybe from the necessity to fit the album onto vinyl), the whole running for forty-eight minutes.

Ignoring the different band name and the change of bassist, the essential feature of Some More Jazz is that it adheres to the principles which underpinned Jazz; namely, it is jazz in which the players take recognisable solos, sympathetically listening to one another and responding appropriately whilst retaining their trademark sounds and styles. Although Borgmann solos for the majority of the time, seemingly being capable of extending a solo indefinitely without running out of ideas or losing momentum, this never becomes a sax trio with bass and drums in support roles; on the contrary, both Kellers and Roder demonstrate that they can match the saxophonist stride for stride, being just as fluent and creative as Borgmann.

In particular, Roder eloquently shows that he is not just the latest bassist rotated in to join Borgmann and Kellers but a vital musician in his own right, bursting with creative ideas. Yes, Keys and Screws is a trio of equals in which three distinct individual voices meld together into one collective voice. Some More Jazz is not just the follow-up to Jazz, it is its equal...which is praise indeed."-John Eyles, All About Jazz


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Artist Biographies

In 1995 Borgmann began working with Wilber Morris and Denis Charles, forming the BMC-Trio. After Charles' death in 1998, Borgmann and Morris teamed with Reggie Nicholson creating the "BMN-Trio", which continued performing until 2002. Borgmann also participated in the quartet Alliance with Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, DJ Jayrope, and Michael Griener.

Borgmann and Brötzmann meet the New York rhythm team of William Parker and Rashid Bakr on Cooler Suite (2003, Grob).

Initially teaming with Tony Buck, and Joe Williamson, Borgmann formed the trio "Boom Box", releasing their album Jazz in 2011. He continues to perform with the group, now playing with Willi Kellers and Akira Ando. He also continues to tour international Jazz festivals around the world.

During his career, Borgmann has taken part in concerts, tours, and recordings with artists including Peter Brötzmann, Borah Bergman, Paul Lovens, Tony Buck, Paul Lytton, Evan Parker, John Tchicai, Conny Bauer, Johannes Bauer, Charles Gayle, Heinz Sauer, Lol Coxhill, Phil Minton, William Parker, Jason Hwang, Thurston Moore, Shoji Hano, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Rashied Bakr, Roy Campbell, Perry Robinson, Kip Hanrahans Latin Groove, and Jean-Paul Bourelly.

Thomas Borgmann has twice been the recipient of the Berlin Jazz-Grant, first in 1994, and again in 1996."

-Thomas Borgmann Website (http://thomasborgmann.de/bio.html)
2/21/2024

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"Jan Roder (* 1968 ) is a German jazz bassist.

Roder studied music in Hanover. He began his career as a rock musician and lived longer periods in Brazil. In 1995 he came to Berlin, where he played touring and concerts with musicians such as Ulrich Gumpert, Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, Manfred Schoof, Uschi Brüning, Joachim Kühn, Aki Takase, Gunter Hampel, Mircea Tiberian and Axel Dörner.

As a successor to Joachim Dette, he is the band Disappointment, together with Axel Dörner, Rudi Mahall and Uli Jenneßen, who, together with Alexander von Schlippenbach, has the complete work of Thelonious Monk in his repertoire. Together with Björn Lücker and Henrik Walsdorff, he is the group The Most. He is also a member of the Caciula Trio (with Maurice de Martin and Ben Abarbanel-Wolff ), JR 3, the Silke Eberhard Quartet and the Zoran Terzic Trio, and performs as a duo of Maria Răducanu."

-Wikipedia (translated by Google) (https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Roder&prev=search)
2/21/2024

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"Willi Kellers, b. 1951 in Münster Studied music at the colleges Münster and Detmold Theater work as a composer in Bochum and Cologne, Basel, Hamburg, Burgtheater Vienna

Numerous concerts and tours with Peter Brötzmann, Tony Oxley, Frank Whright, Willem Breuker, Albert Mangelsdorff, Peter Kowald, Keith Tippet, Lol Coxhill, Marylin Crispel, Manfred Schoof, Fred Frith, Charles Gayle, Cecil Taylor, Luten Petrowsky, Barre Phillips u.v.a.

Willi Kellers played at all European festivals and many festivals worldwide."

-Willi Kellers Website (http://www.willikellers.de/)
2/21/2024

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Track Listing:



SIDE A



1. The Other Morning In The Park 11:26

2. Broadway Birdy. Part I 11:54

SIDE B



1. Broadway Birdy. Part Ii 04:50

2. Catham Bellbird 19:37

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Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Trio Recordings
Melodic and Lyrical Jazz

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