Dedication

by WAUER | SOMMER

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"Two musical worlds meet on the basis of free improvisation and merge into one. Hans-Günther Wauer, choirmaster at Merseburg, represents a world rooted in classical music and Günter "Baby" Sommer is one of the most prominent drummers of contemporary European jazz. 'Dedication,' recorded live at the Berlin Epiphanienkirche, is unique in every way: sound, because the large church organ is a magnificent instrument; acoustic, because the record is well recorded; musically, because the two musicians do not only deal with the space of the Church. Over years of playing together, they have found a tense, intense dialogue, which is reflected in this fantastic music." --Stereoplay

"This is an event. It's indicative of the sensitivity of the two musicians that the quiet moments are the richest. This is music beyond fashions and trends."--Music und Kirche

"Anyone who has patience to really listen will have an exciting adventure. A superb example of contemporary music."--Die Zeit

"Free improvisation, blocked fugues, bold sound beams, distortions, imagination and percussive hammered Africanisms; a storm in the cathedral."--Ettenheimer Heimatbote

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released 12 July 1982

FULL TRACK LISTING:
1 Balkonade (11:02)
2 Hommage für (11:18)
3 W-W-W (12:09)
4 Versuch einer Reue (09:21)

Hans-Günther Wauer: church organ
Günter Sommer: drums, percussion

Recorded live by Jost Gebers on June 9th, 1981, at the Epiphanienkirche in Berlin-Charlottenburg.

Mixed and edited by Jost Gebers & Günter Sommer.
CD mastering by Olaf Rupp.
Produced by Jost Gebers.

Cover design by G. Fritze Margull.
Photographs by Dagmar Gebers.

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