Alexander von Schlippenbach – Globe Unity Orchestra – “Globe Unity – 50 Years” (Intakt, 2018)

“Globe Unity – 50 Years” is one of the newest release of “Intakt Records”. The album was recorded by Alexander von Schlippenbach and “Globe Unity Orchestra”. This huge avant-garde jazz ensemble is one of the most famous and interesting collectives of Europe avant-garde jazz history. The best, the most creative and innovative jazz masters are playing together – they are improvising spontaneously, expressively and extraordinary. The improvisations are based on eclectic combinations of various music styles – avant-garde, modern,k traditional jazz, experimental music, intonations of dance music, ethnic music elements of various countries and many other music styles are gently combined together in one place. The musicians are trying out new ways of playing – they are experimenting in timbres, sounds, expressions and playing techniques sections and are willing to create extraordinary, interesting and original sound. Even though, their music is based on different combinations of various music styles, the main basic is avant-garde jazz and free improvisation. The ensemble hass all the main elements of Europe avant-garde jazz. They gently fuse together the traditions of Europe and American avant-garde jazz and other music styles which were already mentioned. The music has astoniching, remarkable and expressive sound.

The music of “Globe Unity – 50 years” is based on free improvisation, spontaneous solos, musical experiments and bright sound. The musicians are improvising creatively and expressively – each of them tries out new and innovative ways of playing, original and inventive musical decisions, makes pleasant, eclectic or very strange equations of styles, expressions and other musical language elements. Their music is full of surprises, has especially expressive and vivacious sound. All the musical material of this album is based on polyphonic musical pattern. It has very bright, independent and modern melodic section and dynamic, firm and vibrant rhythmic. These two basics are the opposites to each other – it’s based on different musical expressions, chords, rhythms and other elements. The melodic section has very bright, loud and vibrant brasses, expressive, touching, striking and harsh reeds and passionate piano, which melodies are played by avant-garde jazz legend Alexander von Schlippenbach. Reeds melodies are filled with expressive solos, vivacious, virtuosic and rapid passages, harsh, sharp, powerful and intense blow outs, colorful glissando, marvelous solos and spontaneous improvisations. All the wide range of different playing techniques, experimental ways of playing is uased here. That makes an effort to huge variety of unusual timbres and sounds. Very moving, rapid and passionate reeds are accompanied by extremely loud brass. Impressive and remarkable melodies, colorful and emotional solos, touching melodies and fascinating musical experiments are gently fused together in one place. Each improvisation is based on difficult and constantly changing rhythmic and has an interesting and evocative musical language – inventive, vivacious, vivid and dynamic melodies by reeds, brass or piano are effectively and organically colored by wide range of different timbres, unusual sounds and very solid, independent, firm and deep bass line. Piano melodies are filled with passionate, wild fast and expressive arpeggios, virtuosic passages, sharp, harsh and rigorous chords and dynamic rhtyhmic. It;s based on especially expressive and spontaneous solos, dynamic rhtyhmic and dissonance harmony. Pianist switches between various moods, expressions, playing techniques, music styles and playing manners and connect together absolutely different music styles. The melodic section is colorful, filled with spontaneous solos, innovative and creative free improvisations and make an effort to whole sound of the album. It brings effective, expressive and remarkable sound. The rhythmic section is very colorful and interesting. Static traditional jazz rhythms, dynamic, sharp and rapid modern jazz forms and free, spontaneous, harsh, dramatic and powerful free improvisations are the basic elements. The musicians are fusing together the rhythms of different msuic styles – along with jazz styles, it’s heard the rhythmic intonations of contemporary academical music, experimental music, ethnic rhythms of various countries music, Afroamerican music, dance music and many other similar elements. Rapis, loud, moving andintensive rhythms are the basics – when they are connected in one place at the same time with expressive and loud, solid and effective melodic section, especially bright, evocative and turbulent sound is created. The musicians are switching between various moods and making changes at musical pattern – from very joyful, rapid, expressive and passionate melodies this music turns out to silent and subtle, harsh and aggressive, very furious and active or get any other similar mood an character. This album has remarkable and impressive sound.

The musicians of “Globe Unity Orchestra”:

Henrik Walsdorff: alto saxophone
Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky: alto saxophone, clarinet, flute
Daniele D’Agaro: tenor saxophone, clarinet
Gerd Dudek: soprano and tenor saxophones, clarinet, flute
Evan Parker: tenor saxophone
Rudi Mahall: bass clarinet
Axel Dörner: trumpet
Manfred Schoof: trumpet, flugelhorn
Jean-Luc Cappozzo: trumpet
Tomasz Stańko: trumpet
Ryan Carniaux: trumpet
Christof Thewes: trombone
Wolter Wierbos: trombone
Gerhard Gschlössl: trombone
Carl Ludwig Hübsch: tuba
Alexander von Schlippenbach: piano
Paul Lovens: drums
Paul Lytton: drums

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