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Berlin Skyscraper


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    (FMP CD 092/093)
    Critic Greg Tate calls this massive double album One of the Greatest Jazz Recordings of All Time - and we're not going to argue! "Berlin Skyscraper" is the apex of Butch Morris's famed conduction recordings. An ensemble of the finest Euro jazz and classical players combines compositional strategies and daredevil improv, startling textures and unexpected rhythms. A visionary testament.

    This 2-CD download also includes PDFs containing the original liner notes in German and in English translation; a PDF of the CD insert, front and back; and a PDF portrait of Butch Morris, suitable for framing.
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4.5 stars - All Music Guide

"If the global electronic underground is rapidly turning the planet into one throbbing, cyber-friendly disco where the 20th century ain’t nothing but a remix, Butch Morris has reconfigured the concert hall to suit a similarly radical democratic purpose. His many conductions – orchestral events in which improvisors create extended pieces under Morris’ rigorously cued direction – form a major body of work that by its very nature ignores categories. The various pieces on 'Berlin Skyscraper' resist easy synopsis. Motifs and forms appear and disappear, animate and accelerate, seduce and abandon. It’s like watching cells divide and multiply. Evolutionary, as if, say, Duke Ellington and Morton Feldman dropped into the same joint for a happy-hour libation." - Jazziz

"There’s really nothing in jazz or classical music comparable to these discs, because the participants are seeking to create something new via the collaboration of conductor and improviser, and not re-create something that already exists." - Art Lange

"The result is a shimmering, glistening whole full of open spaces, radical tonal spheres, and textural sonances that musical notation requiring mode or interval could never design. In Morris' egoless conduction, new tone poems and symphonies are being structurally erected as multilingual towers of expression and collective architecture where tonality is the bendable surface from which the foundation emerges. There are no records like Butch Morris' conduction sides." - Thom Jurek

"Anyone interested in directed improvisations by a large ensemble will find this project fascinating. Morris explores unique possibilities with the stated intention of achieving 'One organ of total comprehension.'” - Cadence


released April 6, 1998

Berlin Skyscraper
Axel Dörner: trumpet
Gregor Hotz: soprano saxophone
Marc Stutz-Boukouya: trombone
Aleks Kolkowski: violin
Dietrich Petzold: violin, viola
Nicholas Bussmann: cello
Davide de Bernardi: double bass
Kirsten Reese: flutes
Johanne Braun: oboe
Elisabeth Böhm-Christl: bassoon
Wolfgang Fuchs: bass clarinet
Bernhard Arndt: piano
Olaf Rupp: guitar
Tatjana Schütz: harp
Albrecht Riermeier: vibraphone
Stephan Mathieu: percussion
Michael Griener: percussion
Butch Morris: conduction

All music by Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris

Recorded live by Holger Scheuermann and Jost Gebers from November 1st to 5th, 1995, during the Total Music Meeting at the Podewil in Berlin.

Mixed and mastered by Jonas Bergler
Produced by Jost Gebers

Booklet design/layout: Jost Gebers
Photos: Dagmar Gebers


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