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Eberhard, Silke Trio: Being The Up And Down (Intakt)

The 4th album from saxophonist & bass clarinetist Silke Ebherard with her long-running powerhouse trio of Jan Roder on bass and Kay Lübke on drums, presenting all Eberhard compositions showing her strong writing voice under the influence of jazz greats like Dolphy, Mingus and Coleman, through nine well-balanced pieces from bluesy introspection to burning freedom.

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UPC: 7640120193652

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: ITK365.2
Squidco Product Code: 31396

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at Jazzclub A-Trane, in Berlin, Germany, on August 13th and 14th, 2020, by Manuel Rieger.


Silke Eberhard-alto saxophone, bass clarinet

Jan Roder-bass

Kay Lubke-drums

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"Silke Eberhard is a saxophonist, clarinetist and composer based in Berlin. In addition to her long-standing trio with Jan Roder and Kay Lübke she leads her wind quartet Potsa Lotsa that interprets the compositional work of Eric Dolphy and her septett Potsa Lotsa Plus. She works with many collective ensembles including a duo with Ulrich Gumpert, a duo with drummer Alex Huber, the trio I am Three. She performed and/or recorded with numerous musicians of the international jazzscene such as Aki Takase, David Liebman, Wayne Horvitz, Dave Burrell, Gerry Hemingway, Michael Zerang, Hannes Zerbe a.m.o. CDs on record labels like Jazzwerkstatt, Not Two, Leo, INTAKT, Intuition document her work. Her album Potsa Lotsa Love Suite Plus plays by Eric Dolphy was awarded the Prize of the German Record Critics 2015/1."

-Silke Eberhard Website (

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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."

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"Kay Lübke originally, like many New Berliners, comes from southern Germany. In 1998 he came to Berlin and began to study at the Musikhochschule Hanns Eisler. Before that he was at the University of Mainz and at the Musikwerkstatt in Frankfurt. Kay Lübke found contact quickly, and appearances were not long in coming. In recent years he has recorded CDs and concerts with Uschi Brüning, Sheila Jordan, Dave Liebman, Richie Cole, Till Brno, Gitte Haenning, Uli Gumpert, Luten Petrowsky, Christof Sänger, Andreas Willers, Lyambiko, Efrat Alony and Sonja Kandels played) -. KL was engaged at the Schaubühne, at the Volksbühne and at the Berliner Ensemble, and also participated in productions of Tanzplan Dresden and SpielzeitEuropa / Berlin."

Kay Lübke has been a member of Berlin Improvisers Orchestra, Croomp, Gumpert Hammond B 3 - Projekt, Hornbeef, Karsten Sitterle's Code Of Diseases, New Manfred Schulze Formation, Rosen Quintett, Silke Eberhard Trio, The Real Latinos, Uli Kempendorff Quartet

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track listing:

1. U11 08:12

2. Strudel 07:09

3. Von A Nach B 03:53

4. Laika's Descent 04:24

5. Hymne 05:51

6. Zeitlupenbossa 05:51

7. Damenschrank 03:31

8. Stray Around 06:31

9. Yuki Neko 04:51
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"Being the Up And Down", Silke Eberhard's new CD with her trio with Jan Roder on bass and Kay Lubke on drums was recorded both in the studio as well as at a live concert at the A-Trane in Berlin. This was the result of her winning the prestigious Berlin Jazz Prize, which affords the winner the honor of playing a concert and getting some recording days by Radio Berlin Brandenburg. Thus on this disc you hear a seamless blend of studio and live performances. The artwork on the cover, as on her previous Intakt release The Being Inn, is by Roman Signer, one of the most prestigious Swiss artists of today.

The American jazz critic Lynn Rene Bayley writes in the liner notes: "Yet whether being sensual or being edgy and experimental, there is so much to like and so much to hear in Silke Eberhard's playing both solo and when interacting with this trio that one is held spellbound from first note to last. Small wonder that she has such a high reputation in the German jazz world!"-Intakt

"Risk is an elemental ingredient of improvised music. Effectual extemporaneous creation between musicians relies on active equilibrium in communication. Tilt too far in one direction or another for too long and the entire enterprise can be upended by unintended hubris or assertion of ego. COVID-19 brought another stratum of risk to such encounters, this time physical, with the sobering reality that playing together in proximity and for an audience could have serious health consequences to self and others. Being the Up and Down is documentary measure of both as it preserves music from a pair of gigs by Silke Eberhard's working trio at a Berlin Jazz Club in August of last year. After six-months of dealing with the pandemic as an escalating concern, Germany was in the midst of a spike in cases.

Eberhard and her colleagues sound unfazed by this reality on the recording. Bassist Jan Roder and drummer Kay Lübke lock in with her from the jump on "U11," the first of nine original compositions. Roder's early background was in rock music, but he and Eberhard have been playing together for over two decades. Their time-tested rapport is prominent and palpable. Lübke is similarly attuned, dropping in and out of the action as the rapidly calibrated interplay dictates. Sudden tempo shifts are persistent as on the swift and stuttering multiplication and division that powers the album median "Hymne." Taut and mercurial after stage-setting Roder solo, it's a terrific exegesis on the trio's tripartite precision. Gradual and gripped with gravitas, "Zeitlupenbossa" swirls in a pool of bowed strings and metal before aligning on a loping line.

Evocative yet still equivocal, Eberhard's tune titles balance ambiguity with revealing apertures into personality. "Strudel" juxtaposes torrential extended bursts with snatches of fleeting silence. "Von a Nach B" comes across like its slightly better-behaved sibling with more space and restraint between textured blasts. Eberhard's at her most jazz sounding on the "Laika's Descent," blowing wispy gusts and asides over tittering, oblique rhythms. Lübke's eddying cymbals and punctuating tom toms keep the whole enterprise from gathering even a modicum of moss. Hindsight makes the risks involved in this venture worth it. None of the players apparently contracted any illness from their interaction and the same can hopefully be assumed for those in the audience. Such is sadly the new "normal" for concert performance."-Derek Taylor, Dusted Magazine

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