Alexander Von Schlippenbach CD review [Unheard Music/Atavistic]



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Alexander Von Schlippenbach CD review [Unheard Music/Atavistic]
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Aug 20, 2002, 16:14

ALEXANDER VON SCHLIPPENBACH The Living Music CD

On this archival reissue pianist/composer Von Schlippenbach directs a seven piece ensemble of West European free jazz musicians through a session of collective improvisation that took place in 1969. The title piece (named in tribute to an American based experimental theatre company) is the most fully developed. Nervous chatter between members of the brass section dominates the first stages and only after the Schlippenbach piano solo that occurs at the six-minute mark has passed is there any extended dialogue between any individual musicians. Then, suddenly the ensemble ignites and the remaining eight minutes are filled with fiercely played solos that are performed concurrently. The rest of the record is dense but not as chaotic and the remaining selections are either shorter in length and feature linear solos (such as Peter Brotzman's bellowing excursion during “Into The Staggering”) or contain composed sections that swing readily enough to temper any flaring improvisations. The Living Music was one of the first releases to appear on the FMP label and it fits securely in Atavistic's Unheard Music series alongside the recent reissue of Peter Brotzman's Nipples and the late sixties recordings of Schlippenbach's larger unit, The Globe Unity Orchestra. [Unheard Music/Atavistic]

- Jeffrey L. Ouch

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