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This story begins with just one sound, originating in the place which Berlin jazz people think of as their living room, the A-Trane. Back in December 2019, the club was host to four leading figures in today’s improvised music scene, who turned this cozy space into their blank canvas, their research lab. In eight sets over four nights, piano phenomenon Michael Wollny, re-inventor of the soprano saxophone Emile Parisien, electric bass icon Tim Lefebvre, and that free spirit of the drum kit Christian Lillinger were given free rein. They had agreed beforehand, incidentally, that nothing should be composed, arranged or pre-planned. As a result, the music we hear doesn’t fit into any category. We’re in uncharted territory, so a good way to capture its essence might be to break it down into its four component parts. First there’s Michael Wollny, here for the very first time playing only on electronic keyboard instruments. He creates a characterful world of retro-futuristic sounds that is very much his own. As for Tim Lefebvre, here is a musician who has plied his very great craft with stars such as David Bowie, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, John Mayer, Knower, Steely Dan, Elvis Costello and Wayne Krantz. Here he is like a rock in a tempestuous sea. He propels the music forward with a combination of bass and effects. He builds structures and tames unruly elements. The way he lays down a groove is overwhelming. As a counterbalance we find the explosive yet highly sensitive playing of drummer Christian Lillinger. He stacks layer upon layer of rhythms and textures. And the melodic lines of Emile Parisien on soprano saxophone always have an astonishing springy inventiveness. Such is Parisien’s latent energy, it seems as if at any moment he could suddenly become airborne.
Facts
Item number ACT9924-2
Barcode 614427992420
Release date 5/28/2021
Category Contemporary Jazz
Label ACT JAZZ
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Lefebvre, Tim
Non-Classical Artist Lillinger, Christian
Wollny, Michael
Non-Classical Composer Parisien, Émile
Disc: 1
Somewhere Around Barstow00:04:00
1 Somewhere Around Barstow 00:04:16 Lefebvre, Tim Lefebvre, Tim Parisien, Émile Lillinger, Christian Lillinger, Christian Wollny, Michael Wollny, Michael Wollny, Michael
Dick Laurent Is Dead00:05:00
2 Dick Laurent Is Dead 00:04:47 Lefebvre, Tim Lefebvre, Tim Parisien, Émile Lillinger, Christian Lillinger, Christian Wollny, Michael Wollny, Michael Wollny, Michael
Too Bright in Here00:06:00
3 Too Bright in Here 00:05:33 Lefebvre, Tim Lefebvre, Tim Parisien, Émile Lillinger, Christian Lillinger, Christian Wollny, Michael Wollny, Michael Wollny, Michael
Grandmother's Hammer00:02:00
4 Grandmother's Hammer 00:01:59 Lefebvre, Tim Lefebvre, Tim Parisien, Émile Lillinger, Christian Lillinger, Christian Wollny, Michael Wollny, Michael Wollny, Michael
The Haul00:05:00
5 The Haul 00:05:03 Lefebvre, Tim Lefebvre, Tim Parisien, Émile Lillinger, Christian Lillinger, Christian Wollny, Michael Wollny, Michael Wollny, Michael
Find the Fish00:03:00
6 Find the Fish 00:03:05 Lefebvre, Tim Lefebvre, Tim Parisien, Émile Lillinger, Christian Lillinger, Christian Wollny, Michael Wollny, Michael Wollny, Michael
Doppler FX00:04:00
7 Doppler FX 00:03:59 Lefebvre, Tim Lefebvre, Tim Parisien, Émile Lillinger, Christian Lillinger, Christian Wollny, Michael Wollny, Michael Wollny, Michael
Michael vs. Micchael00:07:00
8 Michael vs. Micchael 00:06:50 Lefebvre, Tim Lefebvre, Tim Parisien, Émile Lillinger, Christian Lillinger, Christian Wollny, Michael Wollny, Michael Wollny, Michael
Nörvenich Lounge00:04:00
9 Nörvenich Lounge 00:03:47 Lefebvre, Tim Lefebvre, Tim Parisien, Émile Lillinger, Christian Lillinger, Christian Wollny, Michael Wollny, Michael Wollny, Michael
Nostalgia for the Light00:05:00
10 Nostalgia for the Light 00:05:22 Lefebvre, Tim Lefebvre, Tim Parisien, Émile Lillinger, Christian Lillinger, Christian Wollny, Michael Wollny, Michael Wollny, Michael
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