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Label: Intakt Records

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Big Band

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  • 1Globe Unity (50 Years) [Live]44:03
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The Globe Unity Orchestra is not just an ensemble of enormous historical importance to jazz but one which proves the continuing relevance of its self-imposed task. The present line-up, encompassing musicians of several generations and nationalities, lives up to the responsibility of producing genuinely new music, rejecting the commonplace and avoiding cliché, each time they play together. As if to contradict those who accuse the Globe Unity Orchestra (and free jazz in general) of predictability, the golden jubilee at the Jazzfest Berlin was characterised by extreme contrast and high drama, both musical and visual. The audience was drawn in and engaged to a degree that became obvious when the end of Evan Parker’s short unaccompanied soprano solo, almost midway through the 45 minutes, gave them a first chance to express their approval with a roar that can be clearly heard on the recording. At that moment, and others, they seemed unmistakeably to be applauding not just individual contributions but the brilliance of the collective endeavour. (from the liner notes by Richard Williams)

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

Recorded at Jazzfest Berlin 2016 by RBB, November 4, 2016
Mixed and mastered by Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
Produced by RBB and Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt

Alexander von Schlippenbach
One of Europe’s premier free jazz bandleaders, pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach’s music mixes free and contemporary classical elements, with his slashing solos often the link between the two in his compositions. Schlippenbach formed The Globe Unity Orchestra in 1966 to perform the piece“Globe Unity, which had been commissioned by the Berliner Jazztage.

He remained involved with the orchestra into the ’80s. Schlippenbach began taking lessons at eight, and studied at the Staatliche Hochschule for Musik in Cologne with composers Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Rudolf Petzold. He played with Gunther Hampel in 1963, and was in Manfred Schoof’s quintet from 1964 to 1967.

Schlippenbach began heading various bands after 1967, among them 1970 trio with Evan Parker and Paul Lovens and a duo with Sven-Ake Johansson which they co-formed in 1976. Schlippenbach has also given many solos performances. In the late ’80s, he formed the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra,which has featured a number ofesteemed European avant-garde jazz musicians including Evan Parker, Paul Lovens, KennyWheeler, Misha Mengelberg and Aki Takase. During the 90`s Duo work with Tony Oxley, Sam Rivers and Aki Takase. 1999 started performance and radiorecording of Thelonius Monks complete works, (all the compositions) with Rudi Mahall and his group „Die Enttäuschung“.

In the year 2016 at „Jazzfest Berlin“ 50th anniversary of Globe Unity.

Awards: „Kunstpreis der Stadt Berlin „(1976),“ Schallplattenpreise der UDJ“(1980/1981), „Albert Mangelsdorff Preis“ (1994)

The German Record Critics Award : „Monks Casino“ 2005/3

The „SWR-Jazz Award“2007

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