Music for saxes, flutes, clarinets, bass clarinet, and
accordion by a truly original Berlin-based
composer-performer and his colleagues. Echoes of tango,
Oceanic panpipes, pygmy chants, township jive, gagaku,
Turkish music, and Brecht-Weill cabaret are woven here and
there through tonally rich ensembles that balance the
rhythmic freedom of jazz and the structual rigour of 20th
century classical forms. But file under jazz for the solos!
This release collects the best music from Tá Lam's
two German-only CDs the first performed entirely by
Ullmann (overdubbing himself on a panoply of saxes and
woodwinds) with accordionist Hans Hassler, the second by his
band (seven reed players and accordion).
A real masterpiece
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Gebhard Ullmann is one of the finest improvising
artists in the world today Paul Bley
***1/2 A lovely sound mellifluous, broadly
harmonized and carefully deployed over the typically wide
range of influences that make contemporary Euro-jazz seem so
refreshing these days.
Mark Miller, The Globe and Mail
His scores weave a wonderful dance for the ears... The
groups's music is lushly orchestrated and engagingly melodic
while being challengingly complex and entertainingly
Alexander Varty, Georgia Straight
Musical ideas from his world travel inspire him to
create sound-scapes for his passionate writing. This is mood
music; sometimes happy, often sombre and occasionally
pastoral but never less than stimulating. New Age meets the
Avant Garde without too many abstract voicings.
David Lands, Jazz Journal International
Rests for Woodwind Ensemble
- Oergarden's What?
No. 2.4 again
- Basement Research