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Primeur 04:20


All music by Sommer/Kassap/Levallet.


released June 30, 2002


"...a performance of stunning musicality – playful, soaring, liberating and filled with grace and surprise as the three musicians seem to find both new tacks and new responses. There is an uncanny sense of crossing boundaries here, each musician so fully involved in the work of his partners that real shifts in sonority happen, reeds, bass and drums passing through one another, becoming temporarily one." -- Stuart Broomer, CODA

"Arguably one of the most impressive -- and certainly one of the longest lasting and least bellicostic -- German-French collaborations of the mid-20th century." -- Jazzword

"BiB is music of extraordinary eclecticism. It ranges from caterwauling oriental snake charming music (on Kassap’s soprano, of course) and bravura audacious harmonies to shimmering Eicherian landscapes – yet for all their movement in and out of steady rhythms, and all their passages from passion to peace, these three men never even come close to losing each other or getting remotely out of sync." -- Cadence Magazine

Sylvain Kassap: soprano & tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet
Didier Levallet: double bass
Günter Sommer: drums, percussion

Recorded live by Holger Scheuermann and Jost Gebers on July 9th & 11th, 1992, during the Workshop Freie Musik at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.

Mixed by Jost Gebers.
Mastered by Jonas Bergler.
Produced by Jost Gebers.

Booklet design/layout: Jost Gebers.
Photos: outside by Anne-Kathrin Teicher, inside by Dagmar Gebers.


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