Alexander von Schlippenbach – Globe Unity (1967/2015) [HighResAudio FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Alexander von Schlippenbach – Globe Unity (1967/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz  | Time – 41:06 minutes | 809 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio | Front Cover | © MPS
Recorded: December 6-7, 1966 at Ariola Studio Cologne

If you are into free jazz this is an essential album! An insight into what was going on in European free jazz scene at the height of the movement, Global Unity presents the who’s who of German and European free jazz: Dutchman Willem Breuker, Germans Karl Berger, Gunter Hampel, Peter Brötzmann, Peter Kovald, Manfred Schoof, and the orchestra’s leader, composer-pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach. Von Schlippenbach’s compositions revolve around loosely organized structures, allowing maximal freedom in conjunction within the musicians’ role as “instantaneous composer”. The music reflects influences from such earlier ground-breaking albums as Ornette’s Free Jazz, and Coltrane’s Ascension as well as contemporary European classical. On Global Unity, intensely building orchestral passages are interspersed with Brötzmann’s blasting sonic homage to Albert Ayler and Pharoah Sanders, Schoof’s Don Cherry-inspired melodic flight and von Schlippenbach’s intensely percussive Tayloresque piano attack. Multifarious textures, space and an early taste of ethno characterize Sun, as the players exchange their traditional instruments for bells, temple blocks, triangle, duck call, lotus flute, rattles, gongs, temple blocks, etc. before eventually returning for solo and ensemble play on their more traditional instruments. Certainly not dinner music – but it’s music with bite and flavor and lots of food for thought when you’re looking for something with creative meat to it.

1. Globe Unity 20:22
2. Sun 20:43

Alto Saxophone – Peter Brötzmann
Baritone Saxophone – Kris Wanders
Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Willem Breuker
Bass [Left Channel] – Peter Kowald
Bass [Right Channel] – Buschi Niebergall
Bass Clarinet, Flute – Gunter Hampel
Conductor, Piano, Bells [Tubular], Percussion [Tam Tam], Gong, Composed By – Alexander von Schlippenbach
Cornet, Flugelhorn – Manfred Schoof
Design [Cover], Layout – Gigi Berendt
Drums [Left Channel] – Jackie Liebezeit
Drums [Right Channel] – Mani Neumeier
Tenor Saxophone – Gerd Dudeck
Trumpet – Claude Deron
Tuba – Willi Lietzmann
Bells [Small, Left Channel] – Peter Kowald
Drums [Kettledrums, Left Channel], Temple Block [Left Channel], Goblet Drum [Left Channel] – Jackie Liebezeit
Flute [Lotus Flute I] – Claude Deron
Guiro – Peter Brötzmann
Maracas – Willi Lietzmann
Pandeiro – Gunter Hampel
Performer [Knife, Flexafon] – Alexander von Schlippenbach
Rattle – Willem Breuker
Siren [Right Channel] – Buschi Niebergall
Tom Tom [Tam Tam, Right Channel], Wood Block [Right Channel], Percussion [Mani Tom, Right Channel], Gong [Right Channel], Tabla [Right Channel] – Mani Neumeier
Triangle – Manfred Schoof
Vibraphone – Karlhanns Berger
Whistle [Duck Call] – Gerd Dudeck
Zurna [Zorna], Flute [Lotus Flute Ii], Alto Saxophone – Kris Wanders