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Jorgensmann / Del / Ramond / Kugel: At the Fields Edge (Not Two)

Taking its album title and the titles for three compositions from poems by Laura Winter, the German jazz quartet led by clarinetist Theo Jörgensmann with Christopher Dell on vibes, Christian Ramond on double bass and Klaus Kugel on drums present an advanced example of modern creative, chamber-oriented collective free jazz with a stunning level of communication.

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UPC: 5906395187744

Label: Not Two
Catalog ID: MW 1014
Squidco Product Code: 30385

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Wangeliner Garden, in Buchberg, Germany, in September, 2017, by Klaus Kugel.


Theo Jorgensmann-clarinet

Christopher Dell-vibes

Christian Ramond-double bass

Klaus Kugel-drums

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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. Chances Need To Be Taken - part 1 7:11

2. Chances Need To Be Taken - part 2 6:36

3. Chances Need To Be Taken - part 3 14:12

4. Blue Hot - part 1 15:00

5. Blue Hot - part 2 9:36

6. Blue Hot - part 3 5:07

7. Slow No Wake 5:17
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"The Theo Jörgensmann Quartet is a top-class German Jazz Quartet. Their CDs "Snijbloemen" (hatOLOGY 539) and "To Ornette - Hybrid Identity" (hatOLOGY 576), have been enthusiastically reviewed by many critics worldwide. "Snijbloemen" was awarded four stars in the July 2000 issue of the renowned American magazine Downbeat and "To Ornette - Hybrid Identity" (hatOLOGY 576) was awarded 5 stars in the german magazine Fono Forum and in allaboutjazz/italia.

Vibrating and stunning communication on the finest technical level imaginable. This worlwide suceeding German jazz ensemble stands for: -music against the law of purity (...) dancing elegance, humorous intelligence, sensitive poetry (...), the ultimate improvised chamber music.- (Weltwoche, Switzerland, 2002) -highly interactive (...) simply magnificent- (highest score in Fono Forum, Germany, 2002) -Collective motion is electric: a charging, spasmodic from all sides. (...) Jörgensmann's dancing, fractured improv couldn't find a warmer nest.- (Coda Magazine, Canada, 2003)

In 1999, 2001 and 2003 the quartet played three USA/Canada tours sponsered by the German Government of the Federal State North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW).

They performed on festivals such as Open Ohr Festival Mainz 1997, Solo Virtuos Gelsenkirchen 1998, Jazz Night Lüneburg 1998, Klap Op De Vuurpejl Amsterdam 1998, Paranoia Festival Tilburg 1998, Jazz Podium Ruhr 1998, Jazz Festival Münster 1999, Rheinisches Musikfest 1999, Du Maurier International Jazz Festival Vancouver 1999, Festival International De Jazz De Montreal 1999, Festival Musik In Den Haeusern Der Stadt Koeln 1999, Duisburger Akzente 2000, Jazz Festival Varna 2000, European Echoes Leverkusen 2002, Jazz Festival Würzburg 2002, Jazz Festival Nanjing 2002 (& Tour in China), Intl Jazz Festival Vancouver 2003, Intl Jazz Festival Edmonton 2003, Intl Jazz Festival Montréal 2003, Intl Music Festival San Francisco 2003 (& Tour in USA/CA), Westfälisches Musikfest 2003, Jazz Festival Greiz 2003."

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