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EXCLUSIVE! FIRST EVER DIGITAL EDITION! (FMP 0740) www.fmp-label.de/freemusicproduction/labelscatalog/fmp0740.html DIGITALLY REMASTERED. By the time of this remarkable duo recording, pianist Gumpert and percussionist Sommer had forged a near telepathic rapport. Their dynamic performance is focused and wide-ranging, including delicate ballads, rumbling grooves, classical overtones, energetic blow-outs, and memorable melodies - all infused with an electric high-wire tension.
"Sommer is without doubt a master craftsman of rhythms, colors and textures which he elaborates into dramatic scenarios where touches of boyish good humor mix with fierce intensity. Gumpert is quietly sensitive, sometimes retiring to the wings to enter again with firm ideas which move the music on. The relationship between the two musicians is marked by generosity and understanding as they depart or come together in passages of thoughtful empathy. A very welcome addition to free jazz." -Melody Maker
"A music concerned with energy and virtuosity that avoids the extra musical affectations postured in some quarters of the European free music community. As a duo, Gumpert and Sommer operate with semi-determined coordinates, resulting in a dialogue based in musical substance rather than conceptual guidelines. 'Versäumnisse' finds the duo pushing the parameters of organized sound from a heated, integral epicenter." -Bill Shoemaker, CODA
"Highlights on this outing include the soft ballad intro to 'Hombre' which evolves into a focused blow-out and a nice single-stroke-based solo from Sommer; the rumbling 'Kalle'...; and the closing 'Gold' which features some classical/folk-sounding chords, evolving into a cooking section with some sailing free playing from the pianist and concluding with a strong head." -Cadence
released 10 June 1980
All compositions by Ulrich Gumpert and Günter Sommer.
Ulrich Gumpert: piano
Günter Sommer: drums
Recorded live by Bernhard Arndt on February 8th, 1979, during the Workshop Freie Musik at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.
Produced by Jost Gebers.
CD mastering by Jonas Bergler & Olaf Rupp.
Cover design by Dieter Hahne.
Photographs by Dagmar Gebers.