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A modern, if perhaps overlooked, gem from the OWN catalog of FMP releases. This sparkling free date features guitar, horn, and percussion, with each member of the trio contributing an extended suite of songs. Sharing some similarities with Tim Berne's contemporaneous Big Satan, the group ranges from delicate unison statements to a mighty squall — always in the service of a unified sonic statement. Freedom of Speech: now more than ever.
1-3: FREEDOM OF SPEECH (John Schröder)
4-7: DIE OUTISTEN (Uli Jenneßen)
8-12: ROUND KISSES (Henrik Walsdorff)
released January 1, 1998
"Here is hard-driving free Jazz at its finest. The disk consists of three suites, Schröder’s (three-piece) 'Freedom of Speech', Jenneßen’s (four-piece) 'Die Outisten', and Walsdorff’s (five-piece) 'Round Kisses.' The predominantly free tunes range from soft and gentle to full-throttle, Tayloresque hammering, but the quality is consistently high and the blazing intelligence always evident."
"Now this is free jazz. 'Free' because each of the instruments here — John Schröder's guitar and piano, Henrik Walsdorff's alto saxophone, and Uli Jenneßen's drums and percussion instruments — are liberated from their defined roles as melody, rhythm, and harmony instruments, and are instead placed in open association with one another... Each player assumes responsibility not only for himself but for the others in the ensemble sections, while marking out a space that he offers as an entrance to the other members of the band to enter into and dialogue with him in improvisation, turning the body of music into an open ground of freely associated, wildly swinging, and joyous free jazz. This is an astonishing date full of energy; raw, unmitigated musical ideas; and the transformation of sound into the language of jazz."
—Thom Jurek, All Music Guide
John Schröder: guitar, piano
Henrik Walsdorff: alto saxophone
Uli Jenneßen: drums, percussion
Recorded by Hrolfur Vagnsson on July 13th, 1998, at Vagnsson Studio in Hannover.
Produced by John Schröder, Henrik Walsdorff and Uli Jenneßen.