Was Da Ist

by PETER KOWALD

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Composed by Peter Kowald.

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released May 18, 1995

REVIEWS

"...the majesty of this program is derived from its creative focus and consistency. With humility and passion, Kowald forges music borne of the individual and the world at large." -- Cadence

"His command of the instrument is by turns thrilling and sublime...." -- Coda

"Full five-star rating for a record of solo contrabass improvisations may stretch credibility too far, however. The only solution is to ask your dealer to provide a quiet corner and sample the first three or four parts of a 72-minute recording – ten minutes out of your life that may well transform your listening habits in future. It is the sheer quantity and quality of sound that Kowald produces which is impressive. At no point in the 23 separate pieces that make up 'Was Da Ist' does one waste a second thinking about the instrumentation, yet everything is entirely idiomatic, even when 'extended' techniques are being employed. Neither an abstract technical exercise nor an autobiographical inscape, but a passionate documentation of a relationship: man and instrument, and their mutual absorption of experience." -- Richard Cook/Brian Morton, Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD: Crown/5 Stars.

"There's an incredible amount of improvised music out there on disc. What's rare, though, are recordings of the music which have the amount of depth to become more than souvenirs of a live performance--to be aesthetic documents worth returning to, contemplating, living with. That's certainly the case with “Was Da Ist”. This is one of the great solo statements, ranking up there with the solo work of Braxton, Lacy, Taylor, Bailey & Parker." -- Nate Dorward

All Music Guide: 4 Stars

Peter Kowald: double bass

Recorded by Jürgen Kausemann and Martin Kratzenstein in Summer 1994 at the Artcore Studio in Wuppertal.

Mastered by Jonas Bergler.
Produced by Peter Kowald and Jost Gebers.

Booklet artwork: Irini Bratti.
Layout: Peter Kowald and Jost Gebers.
Photos: Nicole Aders and Dagmar Gebers

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