Jazz in Hamburg - Modern & Free Jazz Live Konzerte




Diese Verasntaltung findet in der alten Druckerei Ottensen statt.

Alte Druckerei Ottensen
Bahrenfelder Straße 73d
(Hinterhof, direkt am Spritzenplatz)
22765 Hamburg

Frank Gratkowski - as, bcl, fl
Achim Kaufmann - Piano
Wilbert De Joode - Bass
Tony Buck - Drums

The music is pure improvisation, without any imposed restraints, presented by the Gratkowski, Kaufmann, de Joode trio which has extended itself into a sextet, seemingly for the purpose of deconstructing chemical processes essential to the movement of molecules. Whether or not these may be biochemical reactions related to the structure of the human genome remains open to debate, but with the presence of guest pianist Richard Barrett of Swansea, whose degree in Genetics and Microbiology should not be left to wither on the vine, the conclusion might be left to the imagination.

The musicians are representative of truly 21st century music with multifarious roots in the 20th. Kaufmann, for example, had studied with Steve Coleman, Dave Holland and Steve Lacy. Tony Buck is regarded as one of Australia’s most creative and adventurous exports, with vast experience across the globe. As a drummer, percussionist, improviser, guitarist, video maker and producer, he has been involved in a highly diverse array of projects but is probably best known around the world as a member of the trio “The Necks”. Apart from The Necks he has played, toured or recorded with Jon Rose, Nicolas Collins, Tenko, John Zorn, T. Cora, Phil Minton, Haino, Switchbox, The Machine for Making Sense, Ne Zhdall, The EX, Clifford Jordan, Ground Zero …

The music is very much like a chemical reaction as maybe seen from the inside. Sounds are discontinuous and fragmented; the decomposing anions and cations oscillate under their own electrostatic charges to form new links where they can, rather than where they are willed, until one must wonder if any of the equations will ever reach equilibrium.

This is a fine album of startlingly free improvisation. It‘s spectacular.

Reviewed by Ken Cheetham

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Free Jazz ist einerseits ein historischer Begriff für freies Improvisationsspiel im Jazz seit den 1960er Jahren,

andererseits ist es ein bis heute ausstrahlendes Paradigma, das die Möglichkeit zur freien Entfaltung immer neuer Formen im Jazz und auch darüber hinaus bereithält.

Der Begriff selbst kann zu Missverständnissen führen, da eine Freiheit in Bezug auf die herkömmlichen Spielhaltungen des Jazz nur bedingt genutzt wird und es neben einer völligen Freiheit in der Form durchaus Improvisationen gibt, die auf Kompositionen und kompositionsähnlichen Absprachen über Strukturen beruhen.

Free jazz is an approach to jazz music that was first developed in the 1950s and 1960s as musicians attempted to alter, extend, or break down jazz convention, often by discarding fixed chord changes or tempos. Though the music of free jazz composers varied widely, a common feature was dissatisfaction with the limitations of bebop, hard bop, and modal jazz that had developed in the 1940s and 1950s. Often described as avant-garde, free jazz has also been described as an attempt to return jazz to its primitive, often religious, roots and emphasis on collective improvisation.