Friday, December 19, 2008

Kaufmann / Dresser / Eisenstadt - Starmelodics



An explosive trio formed by the German pianist Achim Kaufmann, the American double bassist Mark Dresser and the Canadian drummer/percussionist Harris Eisenstadt.
All three musicians are also composers, with a significant presence as leaders or members of well-known ensembles as well as in works released by talented labels (Clean Feed, Leo, Red Toucan, Tzadik).
Nine pieces here: six are compositions (the longest ones), the remaining three are improvised takes, all showing a surprising cohesion among the players (despite their refined artistic individuality exhibited elsewhere).
Each composition could be described with attributes such as: naturalness and simplicity (“Starmelodics”), irregularity and unpredictability (“Vancouver”), monochromy and abstraction (“Birdz”) melody and rhythm (“FLAC”), resonance and dynamism (“Qualtinger”), poetics and inspiration (“Seattle”).
Inspiration, it's so, three inspired artists with a distinguishing conceptual approach, skilled to manage both free improvisation passages and more "regular" sounds with excellent results.
Another superb collaborative recording available for fans of this kind of music.

Personnel:
Achim Kaufmann: Steinway B piano
Mark Dresser: double bass
Harris Eisenstadt: drums, percussion

Label: Nuscope Recordings
Cat. #: CD 1021
Format: CD
Release date: 2008

Tracklisting:
01 - Starmelodics (08:27)
02 - Fifteen Languages (03:52)
03 - Vancouver (07:17)
04 - Birdz (08:19)
05 - FLAC (04:35)
06 - Sigma (03:37)
07 - Qualtinger (06:44)
08 - Seattle (08:21)
09 - Myth (03:36)

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Achim Kaufmann's solo releases/projects/collaborations:
  • Achim Kaufmann Trio - Weave (1998, jazz4ever, J4E 4737) (w/ Ingmar Heller, Jochen Rückert)
  • Achim Kaufmann Quartet - Double Exposure (2000, Leo Records, CD LR 289) (w/ Michael Moore, John Schröder, John Hollenbeck)
  • Gueuledeloup (2002, Red Toucan, RT 9319) (w/Michael Moore, Henning Sieverts, John Hollenbeck)
  • Knives (Solo Piano) (2004, Leo Records, CD LR 409)
  • Kwast (2004, Konnex, KCD 5129) (w/ Frank Gratkowski, Wilbert De Joode)
  • Dylan Van Der Schyff - The Definition Of A Toy (2005, Songlines, SGL SA1554-2)
  • Unearth (2005, Nuscope Recordings, CD 1016) (w/ Frank Gratkowski, Wilbert De Joode)
  • Kamosc (2006, Red Toucan, RT 9329) (w/ Michael Moore, Dylan Van Der Schyff)
  • Palaë (2007, Leo Records, CD LR 504) (w/ Frank Gratkowski, Wilbert De Joode)
  • Playstation 6 - #1 (2007, Evil Rabbit, ERR03) (w/ Eric Boeren, Tobias Delius, Meinrad Kneer, Paul Lovens, Maartje Ten Hoorn)
  • Kyrill (2008, Pirouet, PIT3034)
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Mark Dresser's solo releases:
  • Bass Excursions (1983, Dresser/Wolfe)
  • The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari - Music For The Silent Film By Mark Dresser (1994, Knitting Factory Works, KFW 155)
  • Force Green (1995, Soul Note, 121273-2)
  • Invocation (1995, Knitting Factory Works, KFW 173)
  • Banquet (1997, Tzadik, 7027)
  • Eye'll Be Seeing You (1997, Knitting Factory Works, KFW 211)
  • Marinade (2000, Tzadik, 7063)
  • Unveil (2005, Clean Feed, CF043)
  • Guts (2010, Kadima Collective, Triptych #1)
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Mark Dresser's collaborative releases:
  • Sonomondo (1999, Cryptogramophone, CG 104) (w/ Frances-Marie Uitti)
  • Toward, "TO WEST" (2000, Enja Records, ENJ-9382 2) (w/ Satoko Fujii, Jim Black)
  • Later... (2000, Victo, Victo CD070) (w/ Fred Frith, Ikue Mori)
  • C / D / E (2001, Jazz Magnet Records, JAM 2007) (w/ Andrew Cyrille, Marty Ehrlich)
  • Duologues (2001, Victo, Victo CD073) (w/ Denman Maroney)
  • Satoko Fujii - Bell The Cat! (2002, Tokuma, TKCB-72369) (w/ Satoko Fujii, Jim Black)
  • Nine Songs Together (2003, CIMP, CIMP 295) (w/ Ray Anderson)
  • Tone Time (2003, Wobbly Rail, wob014) (w/ Susie Ibarra)
  • Time Changes (2005, Cryptogramophone, CG 124) (w/ Denman Maroney)
  • Air Walkers (2006, Clean Feed, CF066) (w/ Roswell Rudd)
  • House Of Mirrors (2008, Clean Feed, CF117) (w/Ed Harkins, Steven Schick)
  • Live In Concert (2009, Kadima, Kadima 18) (w/ Denman Maroney)
  • Soul To Soul (2010, Discos Intolerancia, Intro52) (w/ Remi Álvarez)
  • Live At Lotus (2010, Kadima Collective, KCR 26) (w/ Vinny Golia)
  • VV.AA. - Deep Tones For Peace (2010, Kadima Collective, Triptych #2)
  • Sonic Brotherhood - D T F P Israel 2009 (2011, Kadima Collective, KCR 31) (w/ Irina-Kalina Goudeva, JC Jones, Barre Phillips, Bert Turetzky)
  • Synastry (2011, Pi Recordings, pi39) (w/ Jen Shyu)
  • Fluxations (2011, New World, NW80607) (w/ Denman Maroney, Ned Rothenberg, Dave Ballou)
  • Live In LA (2011, Clean Feed, CF241) (w/ Bobby Bradford, Glenn Ferris)
  • Duetto (2012, CIMP, CIMP 387) (w/ Diane Moser)
  • Marilyn Crispell, Mark Dresser, Gerry Hemingway Play Braxton (2012, Tzadik, 7640) (w/ Marilyn Crispell, Gerry Hemingway)
  • Nourishments (2013, Clean Feed, CF279) (w/ Denman Maroney, Michael Dessen, Michael Sarin, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Tom Rainey) 
  • The Diane Moser Quintet - Music For The Last Flower (2014, Planet Arts, 301325) (w/ Diane Moser, Marty Ehrlich, Gerry Hemingway, Ben Williams) 
  • Harris Eisenstadt - Golden State II (2015, Songlines, SGL 1610-2) 
  • Projections (2015, Clean Feed, CF327) (w/ Simon Nabatov) 
  • Being Playing (2015, ILK Music, ILK) (w/ Butch Lacy, Jesper Løvdal, Kresten Osgood) 
  • Equal Poise (2016, Leo Records, CD LR 745) (w/ Simon Nabatov, Dominik Mahnig) 
  • Live At The Open Gate (2016, NoBusiness Records, NBLP96) (w/ Bobby Bradford, Hafez Modirzadeh, Alex Cline) 
  • Sedimental You (2016, Clean Feed, CF385) (w/ Nicole Mitchell, Marty Ehrlich, David Morales Boroff, Michael Dessen, Joshua White, Jim Black)
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Mark Dresser's other projects:
  • Arcado String Trio - Mark Dresser / Mark Feldman / Hank Roberts (1989, JMT Productions, 834 429-2) (w/ Hank Roberts, Mark Feldman)
  • Arcado - Behind The Myth (1990, JMT Productions, 834 441-2) (w/ Hank Roberts, Mark Feldman) (reissued in 2003, Winter & Winter, 919 039-2)
  • Arcado / Kölner Rundfunk Orchester / David De Villiers - For Three Strings And Orchestra (1992, JMT Productions, 849 152-2) (w/ Hank Roberts, Mark Feldman) (reissued in 2004, Winter & Winter, 919 050-2)
  • Tambastics - Tambastics (1992, Music & Arts, CD-704) (w/ Robert Dick, Gerry Hemingway, Denman Maroney)
  • Arcado String Trio - Live In Europe (2002, Avant, Avan 058) (w/ Ernst Reijseger, Mark Feldman)
  • The Marks Brothers (2001, W.E.R.F., W.E.R.F. 022) (w/ Mark Helias)
  • Mark Dresser Trio - Aquifer (2002, Cryptogramophone, CG 111) (w/ Denman Maroney, Matthias Ziegler)
  • Double Trio (Arcado String Trio/Trio De Clarinettes) - Green Dolphy Suite (2005, Enja, ENJ-9011 2) (w/ Ernst Reijseger, Mark Feldman, Louis Sclavis, Armand Angster, Jacques Di Donato)
  • Trio M - Big Picture (2007, Cryptogramophone, CG 134) (w/ Myra Melford, Matt Wilson)
  • Mauger - The Beautiful Enabler (2008, Clean Feed, CF114) (w/ Gerry Hemingway, Rudresh Mahanthappa)
  • Trio M - The Guest House (2011, Yellowbird, yeb-7721 2) (w/ Myra Melford, Matt Wilson)
  • Jones Jones - The Moscow Improvisations (2016, NotTwo, MW 935-2) (w/ Larry Ochs, Vladimir Tarasov)
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Harris Eisenstadt's releases/projects/collaborations:
  • I.C. Trio - West Coast Tour 2000 (Questionable) (w/ Michael Dillon, Travis Just)
  • Last Minute Of Play In This Period (2000, Questionable)
  • AMH Trio - Live At Field & Frame (2001, Plutonium, PLU001) (w/ Alan Lechusza, Mark Weaver)
  • Adam Rudolph - Go: Organic Orchestra: 1 (2002, Meta Records, Meta 006)
  • Mark Weaver' Brassum - Warning Lights (2003, Plutonium, PLU003)
  • Adam Rudolph - Go: Organic Orchestra: Web Of Light (2003, Meta Records, Meta 007)
  • Adam Rudolph - Go: Organic Orchestra Featuring Yusef Lateef - In The Garden (2003, Meta Records, Meta / YAL 008)
  • Harris Eisenstadt / David Rothbaum - (2003, EMR) (w/ David Rothbaum)
  • Fight Or Flight (2003, New Sonic, newsonic 32)
  • Boxes Of Water - Boxes Of Water (2003, Evander Music, Em 017)
  • Kraig Grady - The Stolen Stars (An Anaphorian Dance Drama) (2003, Anaphoria, AOA 1:0)
  • Ian Smith / Simon H. Fell / Harris Eisenstadt - K3 (2003, Bruce's Fingers, BF 58)
  • Nathan Hubbard - Skeleton Key Orchestra (2004, Circumvention Music, CD039A-B)
  • VV.AA. - High Mayhem Festival '04 (2004, High Mayhem)
  • VV.AA. - Albuzerxque, Vol. 18 (2004, Zerx Records, Zerx #059)
  • Harris Eisenstadt Quintet - Jalolu (2004, CIMP, CIMP 300)
  • Sam Rivers / Adam Rudolph / Harris Eisenstadt - Vista (2004, Meta Records, Meta 009)
  • Ahimsa Orchestra (2005, Nine Winds Records, NWCD0237)
  • The Soul And Gone (2005, 482 Music, 482-1042)
  • The Diplomats - We Are Not Obstinate Islands (2006, Clean Feed, CF061) (w/ Rob Brown, Steve Swell)
  • Brassum - Live (2006, pfMENTUM, PFMCD036)
  • Paul Rutherford / Torsten Müller / Harris Eisenstadt - The Zone (2006, Konnex, KCD 5176)
  • Tin/Bag - And Begin Again (2007, Evander Music, Em 044)
  • Build An Ark - Dawn (2007, Shaman Work, SWWK 34)
  • The Convergence Quartet - Live In Oxford (2007, FMR, FMRCD223-0307) (w/ Taylor Ho Bynum, Alexander Hawkins, Dominic Lash)
  • The All Seeing Eye + Octets (2007, Poobah Records, POOBAH 007)
  • Jeb Bishop / Harris Eisenstadt / Jason Roebke - Tiebreaker (2008, NotTwo, MW 789-2)
  • Adam Rudolph - Go: Organic Orchestra: Thought Forms (2008, Meta/Ruby Red, Ruby Red Editora 18)
  • Guewel (2008, Clean Feed, CF123)
  • Canada Day (2009, Clean Feed, CF157)
  • Woodblock Prints (2010, NoBusiness Records, NBLP18)
  • Nate Wooley Quintet - (Put Your) Hands Together (2011, Clean Feed, CF218)
  • Canada Day II (2011, Songlines, SGL 1587-2)
  • September Trio (2011, Clean Feed, CF229)
  • Canada Day III (2012, Songlines, SGL 1596-2)
  • Canada Day Octet (2012, 482 Music, 482-1080)
  • The Convergence Quartet - Slow And Steady (2013, NoBusiness Records, NBCD53) (w/ Taylor Ho Bynum, Alexander Hawkins, Dominic Lash)
  • The Destructive Element (2013, Clean Feed, CF276) (w/ Angelica Sanchez, Ellerry Eskelin) 
  • Nate Wooley Sextet - (Sit In) The Throne Of Friendship (2013, Clean Feed, CF280)
  • Golden State (2013, Songlines, SGL 1602-2)
  • Golden State II (2015, Songlines, SGL 1610-2)
  • Canada Day IV (2015, Songlines, SGL 1614-2) 
  • Nate Wooley Quintet - (Dance To) The Early Music (2015, Clean Feed, CF350) 
  • Old Growth Forest (2016, Clean Feed, CF359) 
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Links:
Achim Kaufmann
Harris Eisenstadt
Mark Dresser
Nuscope Recordings

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