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EXCLUSIVE! (FMP CD0145) http://fmp-label.de/fmplabel/catalog2/fmpcd145.html . This remarkable set was previously only available as part of the Special Edition FMP im Rückblick/FMP in Retrospect box set. "Choral-Konzert" showcases Manfred Schulze's unique writing for five wind instruments. Bursting with vivid textures, unexpected counterpoints, and energetic romps, it seamlessly mixes rigorous composition and ripping improvisations.
"Even given the diversity of this box, Choral-Konzert by the Manfred Schulze Bläser Quintett stands out, a set of compositions for wind quintet. Schulze was an East German who came up through jazz and dance bands in the 60s. In 1969, he formed his first wind quintet, and, working outside of any academic environment, began to write pieces drawing together 17th-century German choral polyphony and serialism, interleaving tight notation and sections for open improvisation. By the time this set was recorded at the 1998 Total Music Meeting, Schulze had been sidelined due to serious illness, so a quintet of frequent collaborators was assembled to tackle his pieces. The brass and saxophones provide a rich range of sonorities to work with and the individual voices, particularly Johannes Bauer on trombone and Manfred Hering on alto, deliver strong solos."
"In terms of localism and scene support, the clearest evidence on this box is the vivid wind quintet Manfred Schulze Bläser Quintett. With wildness in check for the most part, these fellows play with the kind of sober art sensibility one hears from ROVA and the Arte Quartett (especially on the opening “Bounce Nr. 2 (Choral)”). It’s a delicious surprise, filled with smeared color, contrapuntal energies and drunken gallops like “Choral-Konzert.”
- Dusted Magazine
"A previously unissued live recording from 1998 of Manfred Schulze’s wind quintet, founded in 1969 and in which Schulze stopped playing due to illness in 1992. A repertoire ensemble, and one of the first ensembles of its kind in new jazz (predating ROVA, WSQ, and the likes). An interesting four-work program – this is my first encounter with Schulze’s writing. A blend of German creative jazz and classicism - “Choral-Konzert” sounds somewhere between the sound worlds of ROVA and Mussorgsky! It also compares to the melodiousness and humour of Pago Libre. I’m thrilled by the presence of trombonist Johannes Bauer."
- Monsieur Délire
Manfred Schulze Bläser Quintett
Paul Schwingenschlögl: trumpet
Manfred Hering: alto saxophone
Heiner Reinhardt: tenor saxophone
Gert Anklam: baritone saxophone
Johannes Bauer: trombone
Recorded live by Holger Scheuermann & Jost Gebers on November 5th & 8th, 1998, during the Total Music Meeting at Podewil in Berlin.
Mixed and mastered by Jonas Bergler.
Produced by Jost Gebers.
Double trio collaboration/confrontation (some of both...as it should be; and as 'collider' suggests) from two of the planet's outstanding improvising units, in my book.
Think of them as a matching pair of gloves... John Cratchley