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Mateen, Sabir / Christopher Dell / Christian Ramond / Klaus Kugel: Creation (577 Records)

NY tenor saxophonist Sabir Mateen joins the German trio of Christopher Dell on vibes, Christian Ramond on double bass, and Klaus Kugel on drums, all memebers of the Theo Jorgensmann Quartet, for a live recording at A-Trane, in Berlin in 2012, finding all three energetically enthusiastic and often driven by Mateen's unique personality in performance.

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UPC: 755491178300

Label: 577 Records
Catalog ID: 5820
Squidco Product Code: 29813

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at the A-Trane, in Berlin, Germany, on October 14th, 2012, by Klaus Kugel.


Sabir Mateen-tenor saxophone, voice

Christopher Dell-vibes

Christian Ramond-double bass

Klaus Kugel-drums

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"Sabir Mateen (born April 16, 1951) is a musician and composer from Philadelphia who plays primarily in the avant-garde jazz idiom. He plays tenor and alto saxophone, B♭ and alto clarinet, and flute.

As a young man, Mateen was originally a percussionist, and he started playing flute as a teenager. From there he moved to alto and then tenor saxophone. He started out playing rhythm and blues in the early 1970s which led him to the tenor saxophone chair of the Horace Tapscott Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. He has performed or recorded with Cecil Taylor, Sunny Murray, William Parker, Alan Silva, Butch and Wilber Morris, Raphe Malik, Steve Swell, Roy Campbell, Jr., Matthew Shipp, Marc Edwards, Jemeel Moondoc, William Hooker, Henry Grimes, Rashid Bakr, Hamid Drake among others. He also is a member of the band TEST, with Daniel Carter."

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"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. Creation (Part One) 15:06

2. Creation (Part Two) 31:51
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"FACTS FIRST: CREATION presents one 47-minute, fully improvised 2012 live performance from Berlin, featuring three Germans and one New Yorker. The Germans are drummer Klaus Kugel, bassist Christian Ramond, and vibraphonist Christopher Dell. Kugel and Ramond have been frequent bandmates since the late '80s, currently with clarinetists Michel Pilz and Theo Jörgensmann.

A beat is optional in this sort of free jazz, but momentum is a requirement, ands Kugel and Ramond, thinking in tandem, are expert at supplying it. I was unfamiliar with Dell before hearing him on Creation, for which I bear blame as a typically geocentric American, because he provides such color and contrast here, both in his solos and his backgrounds, that he's now among my very favorite vibists, along with Chicagoian Jason Adasiewicz. The wildcard is the sub-underground shock tenorist Sabir Mateen, who continues to be a mystery man in whatever scene he finds himself.

Prepare to be blown away by him-as close as possible to literally."-Francis Davis, July 2020

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