Reviews that mention Olaf Rupp

October 23, 2019

Rupp/Tom/Mahall

Rupp/Tom/ Mahall
Barefoot Records BREC 059 LP

Paula Shocron & Pablo Diaz with Guillermo Gregorio

Diálogo

Fundacja Słucha FSR 09/2019

More than the substitution of one chordal instrument for another alongside percussion and a clarinet separates these meaningful sessions from one another. Both original and unhampered by conventional considerations, each approaches improvisation in a convincing if disparate fashion. Recorded during a gig at a Berlin performance space, the first disc captures eight free-form elaborations by cosmopolitan players who play in this configuration among all their other commitments. Germans, guitarist Olaf Rupp and clarinetist Rudi Mahall have worked with a variety of players from Peter Brötzmann to Barry Guy, while Danish drummer Kasper Tom works with the likes of Axel Dérner as well as leading his own bands. A meeting of two generations of Argentinean improvisers in an avant-chamber-Jazz environment, Diálogo is appropriately titled. The CD features younger musicians, pianist Paula Shocron and percussionist Pablo Díaz is a first-time collaboration with clarinetist Guillermo Gregorio, who is a long-time US resident, but was a participant in Movimiento Música Mús, which presented multi-media sonic experiments in Argentina during the 1960s and 1970s. MORE

February 16, 2019

Rupp, Rogers, Schubert

Three Stories
Relative Pitch Records RPR 1074

Celano/Badenhorst/Baggiani

Lili & Marleen

Clean Feed CF 476 CD

Two European CDs dedicated to a guitar-reeds partnership indicate individual, but equally valid methods of attaining Free Music depictions. Gratification comes with documenting how cannily each trio reaches its apogee.

Both sessions are undeniably trio music as well, with the third partner aiding each trio’s definition. For instance the more tune-oriented eight track Lili & Marleen is shaped by the understated, yet penetrating percussion work of Marcos Baggiani, Buenos Aires-born and an Amsterdam resident since the turn of the century. The C.B.G. or Celano/Baggiani Group consists of him, fellow Argentinean-in-Amsterdam, guitarist Guillermo Celano, with additional contributors. In this case it`s Antwerp multi-reedist Joachim Badenhorst, best-known for his association with Han Bennink. Wholeheartedly dedicated to free-form exploration in comparison, Three Stories features two Berlin-based German improvisers: guitarist Olaf Rupp and soprano saxophonist Frank Paul Schubert. Additionally their foil here is long-time French resident, Paul Rogers from the United Kingdom, who plays a custom-designed 7-string double bass. MORE

September 23, 2017

XenoFox

Hundred Beginnings
Frec 06

George Hadow/Dirk Serries

Outermisssion

Raw Tonk Records RT 026

Opposites attract. At least that’s the message that’s reflected in these two stripped down guitar-drums session. XenoFox, consisting of German guitarist Olaf Rupp and Austrian drummer Rudi Fischerlehner and the duo of Belgian guitarist Dirk Serries plus Brit-in-Amsterdam drummer George Hadow have come up with archetypal CDs which fully synthesize the power of light and dark timbres. Like examining a wall-sized canvas of an 18th century Arcadian scene where crucial scene-setting can be glimpsed in the darkened edges of the painting as well as the luminescent action in the foreground, both duos are singular in detailing improvisations at many pitches and speeds. MORE

June 19, 2017

Olaf Rupp/Ulrike Brand

Shadowscores
Creative Sources CS 368 CD

Muche/Hein

7000 Eichen

JazzWerkstatt JW171

Lepage/Lussier et Le Quator Bozzini

Chants et Dances …with Strings

Tour de Bras TDB 900019 CD

Carlo Actis Dato/Enzo Rocco Duo

Noise from the Neighbours

Setola di maiale SM3160

Christy Doran/Alfred Vogel

Kontaktchemie

Boomslang LC 09496

Something in the Air: Unusual Guitar Pairings

By Ken Waxman

Although the keyboard may challenge it for top spot, the guitar may be the most popular musical instrument in the world. Think of any genre from pop to so-called classical and there’s a six-string player associated with it. Especially when electrified, the guitar’s adaptability gives it this status, and nowhere is this more evident than in improvised music. These five guitarists matched with musicians playing five different instruments demonstrate this. MORE

March 13, 2014

Jörg Fischer/Olaf Rupp/Frank Paul Schubert

Phugurit
Gligg Records 033

Lurk Lab

Live at Shelter Sounds

JazzHaus Musik JHM 215

Featuring the same percussionist – Wiesbaden-based Jörg Fischer – plus two different saxophonists with the surname Schubert, these two exemplary trios confirm the individual dexterity as well as the authority of improvised music from Germany.

Phugurit is a studio session which the drummer, who over the years has recorded with the likes of saxophonist Peter Brötzmann and pianist Uwe Oberg, shares eight mid-length tracks with two sophisticated Berlin-based musicians: saxophonist Frank Paul Schubert and guitarist Olaf Rupp. Consisting of one medium and two lengthy improvisations, Live at Shelter Sounds is a concert date where Fischer is featured in the trio Luke Lab, which has been together since 2007. On hand are from Wiesbaden, Uli Böttcher using live electronics, and from Köln, saxophonist Matthias Schubert. MORE

January 18, 2014

Rupp/Müller/Fischerlehmer

Tam
Not Applicable NOT 027

Frank Paul Schubert/Matthias Müller

Foils

FMR CD 311-0511

One of the more interesting European trombonists to appear recently has been Berlin-based Matthias Müller, who has been releasing a series of ever more sophisticated CDs since the turn of the century. Firmly affiliated with the so-called avant-garde, but not so much part of it that he ignores the basic brass capacities of his instrument, two recent sessions firmly demonstrate his capabilities. Far more fulfilling is Tam, with the working trio of Müller, Berlin-based guitarist Olaf Rupp and Austrian drummer Rudi Fischerlehmer. Not that there’s anything fundamentally flawed with Foils, 10 duets with soprano saxophonist Frank Paul Schubert, another Berliner. It’s just that that CD is concerned with technical experimentation above all other aspects. MORE

February 17, 2013

Die Dicken Finger

Offroad Core
Gligg Records 012

Sandy Ewen/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter

Sandy Ewen/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter

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With more-or-less the same instrumental line-up as a customary Rock power trio, these ensembles nonetheless stretch the expected timbral concord into experimental territory without sacrificing the speed and power associated with Hard Rock.

Cunning in its subtle distortion of electric guitar-electric-bass-drums motifs, the German trio Die Dicken Finger (DDF) or in English “The thickness of the fingers” could likely sneak onto a bill at a Heavy Metal festival until the realization dawned that the all-instrumental band was playing riffs just a little too sophisticated for the show. Committed to interjecting unexpected improvised asides into their music, the Americans on the other CD proclaim their individuality with the miscellaneous percussion brought to the gig by New York’s Weasel Walter plus the laptop and field recordings utilized alongside his 7-string upright bass by Houston’s Damon Smith. At the same time Sandy Ewen, another Houston resident, busies herself creating the expected electric guitar riffs and distortion. MORE

November 6, 2012

Label Spotlight:

Gligg Records
By Ken Waxman

Perhaps Martin Schmidt could be thought of as a Mark Zuckerberg with improvised music cred. A German mandolinist and electric bassist who has been gigging since the ‘80s, he was able to start gligg records and the Spielraum recording studio because his love for advanced mathematics plus the growth of social networking presented a unique opportunity.

In 1996, Schmidt, who had previously been a full-time musician, usually in groups with trombonist Christof Thewes, decided to pursue a long-time ancillary interest in physics, mathematics and computer programming. In 1999 he helped create a comprehensive, world-wide social network for scientists using a system he invented and patented. By 2009, when the network was sold to Elsevier Science, B.V., the world’s leading science information provider, it had registered more than 400,000 scientists and had 1.8 million scientific profiles MORE

July 6, 2012

Festival Report:

Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon
By Ken Waxman

London saxophonist John Butcher and Chicago percussionist Tim Daisy were the MVPs during the Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon at the end of April. To stretch the metaphor further, Butcher was doubly valuable, since as a pinch hitter he replaced Una Casa/Observatorio’s third member when that saxophonist was unable to perform with Buenos Aires-based trumpeter Leonel Kaplan and Viennese computer manipulator Christof Kurzmann. If Butcher’s playing was sympathetically creative with that trio, his improvising was equally spectacular with The Apophonics, a new group, otherwise consisting of British bassist John Edwards and Bay-area percussionist Gino Robair. Meanwhile the cap-sporting Daisy subtly pacing Wrack, the chamber-styled string-and-horn quintet; as well as added rhythmic heft to saxophonist Dave Rempis’ Percussion 4Tet, whose raucous free jazz closed the festival to enthusiastic audience cheers. MORE

July 1, 2012

Rupp Müller Fischerlehner

Tingtingk
Gligg 017

Matthias Muche/Philip Zoubek/Achim Tang

Excerpts from Anything

Creative Sources CS192 CD

For outsiders, the fact that two German trombonists prominent in improvised music share the same first name and a similar sounding second one is aggravating yet heartening. It’s aggravating because for non-German speakers the two are easily confused; it’s heartening because on the evidence of these CDs both do fine work as part of first-class ensembles.

To properly distinguish them, trombonist Matthias Müller, featured on Tingtingk was born in Zeven, lives in Berlin, and besides working with guitarist Olaf Rupp and drummer Rudi Fischerlehner on this CD, frequently partners other advanced musicians in the German capital such as saxophonist Frank Paul Schubert and bassist Clayton Thomas. His balanced yet raucous style takes advantage of the horn’s slippery vocalism. Trombonist Matthias Muche on the other hand, is a Köln resident. Featured on Excerpts from Anything alongside pianist Philip Zoubek and bassist Achim Tang, he also often works with dancers and multi-media artists, and his playing, at least here, seems more minimalist and formalist than Müller’s. MORE

February 5, 2012

Olaf Rupp/Joe Williamson/Tony Buck

Weird Weapons 2
Creative Sources CS197 CD

Splice

LAB

Loop Records 1013

Bioni-Solberg-Brow

Hopscotch

ILK 179 CD

Tony Malaby’s

Novela

Clean Feed CF 232

Something In The Air:

Expat Canadians Create High-Class Improv

By Ken Waxman

Almost from the time the professional music business was established in this country, the expected route for success has been for artists to head off to the larger market down south and set up shop there. Canadians from Percy Faith and Maynard Ferguson to Joni Mitchell and Teresa Stratas effectively followed that formula. But today, as American musical hegemony lessens and modern communications almost literally shrink the world, musicians, especially those who play improvised music, can demonstrate that a permanent home in Europe is as beneficial as becoming an American resident. MORE

April 8, 2011

FMP In Rückblick

In Retrospect 1969-2010
FMP CD 137 - FMP CD 148

Something in the Air: FMP`s 40th Anniversary

By Ken Waxman

Throughout jazz history, independent labels have typified sounds of the time. In the Swing era it was Commodore; Modern jazz was prominent on Blue Note and Prestige; and with Improvised Music, FMP is one of the longest lasting imprints. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Berlin-based label has given listeners a spectacular birthday present with FMP In Rückblick – In Retrospect 1969-2010,12 [!] CDs representing FMP’s past and future – the oldest from 1975, the newest, by American cellist Tristan Honsinger and German guitarist Olaf Rupp from 2010, half previously unissued – plus an LP-sized, 218-page book, lavishly illustrated with contemporary photographs, posters, album covers and a discography. MORE

October 27, 2010

Gallio/Rupp

Fasane Hula Punk
Rapid Movement RM079

Dom Minasi/Blaise Siwula

Live at The Matt Bevel Institute

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One guitar, one saxophone and no studio tricks. It’s the essence of simplicity and what’s heard on these CDs. Veteran improvisers all, the unadorned yet audacious sounds only differ in that one pair of players is American and the other from Northern Europe; and that one session was recorded live and the other under studio circumstances.

Moving force behind the Day & Taxi ensemble, over the years soprano saxophonist Christoph Gallio, who lives near Zürich, has expressed his ideas in a variety of musical forms and groupings. His partner in Fasane Hula Punk is Berlin-based guitarist Olaf Rupp, who is equally expressive in solo and group circumstances. Notwithstanding that the other CD was recorded in a Tucson theatre, the players are both New Yorkers. Guitarist Dom Minasi specializes in unexpected arrangements of standard Jazz material, usually in a trio or quartet setting. Meanwhile the long-time organizer of the C.O.M.A. improv sessions, alto saxophonist Blaise Siwula has for years played with numerous American and overseas musicians. MORE

January 21, 2010

Derek Bailey/Steve Noble

Out of the Past
Ping Pong 004

Michael Wertmüller/Olaf Rupp

The Specter of Genius

Jazzwerkstatt JW 052

Except in the most primitive form of blues or so-called roots music, the unadorned sounds of guitar and drum together aren’t usually considered polyphonic enough to be anything more than Spartan. Yet, as he did with so many other musical conventions during his life, British guitarist Derek Bailey (1930-2005) defied this one as well.

The 12 tracks from this never-before issued 1999 session with inventive London drummer Steve Noble are jam-packed with sonic textures and impressions radiating only from the multi-faceted operation of Bailey electric guitar and Noble’s drum kit and additional cymbals. Instructively as well, with sessions like this extant, the configuration has lost its strangeness. On The Specter of Genius, for instance, – with no indication of who is the genius – two Berlin-based players whose influences encompass Punk Rock and Heavy Metal as well as Free Improv and contemporary notated music offer their variations on this theme. Recorded about a decade after the Noble-Bailey meeting, the improvisations by self-taught guitarist Olaf Rupp and drummer Michael Wertmüller, who studied music intensively in Berne and Amsterdam, differ from the other CD due to the drummer’s larger kit and Rupp’s use of both acoustic and electric guitars. MORE

January 21, 2010

Michael Wertmüller/Olaf Rupp

The Specter of Genius
Jazzwerkstatt JW 052

Derek Bailey/Steve Noble

Out of the Past

Ping Pong 004

Except in the most primitive form of blues or so-called roots music, the unadorned sounds of guitar and drum together aren’t usually considered polyphonic enough to be anything more than Spartan. Yet, as he did with so many other musical conventions during his life, British guitarist Derek Bailey (1930-2005) defied this one as well.

The 12 tracks from this never-before issued 1999 session with inventive London drummer Steve Noble are jam-packed with sonic textures and impressions radiating only from the multi-faceted operation of Bailey electric guitar and Noble’s drum kit and additional cymbals. Instructively as well, with sessions like this extant, the configuration has lost its strangeness. On The Specter of Genius, for instance, – with no indication of who is the genius – two Berlin-based players whose influences encompass Punk Rock and Heavy Metal as well as Free Improv and contemporary notated music offer their variations on this theme. Recorded about a decade after the Noble-Bailey meeting, the improvisations by self-taught guitarist Olaf Rupp and drummer Michael Wertmüller, who studied music intensively in Berne and Amsterdam, differ from the other CD due to the drummer’s larger kit and Rupp’s use of both acoustic and electric guitars. MORE

December 12, 2005

MAP

Six Improvisations for Guitar, Bass and Drums
H&H Productions HH-1

OLAF RUPP/TONY BUCK/JOE WILLIAMSON
Weird Weapons
EMANEM 4119

Put aside the associations you have developed for conventional guitar trios like those lead by Jim Hall or the late Charlie Byrd. Similarly exploratory, the title of MAP’s CD could work for either band. At the same time both sessions –serendipitously recorded two months apart – additionally highlight the global reach of free music.

Both trios are made up of musicians from three different countries. MAP is an American/Australian/Japanese trio; Rupp, Buck and Williamson are respectively from Germany, Australia and Canada. While you can’t ascribe merit to internationalism, it’s possible that different experiences and a communal exhibition of technical dexterity have gone into producing these dazzling CDs. MORE

February 23, 2004

VARIOUS ARTISTS

berlin strings
Absinth Records 002

JOSEF VAN WISSEM
Simulacrum
Bvhaast 0104

Dispatches from the front lines of EuroImprov, these unusual CDs provide fresh evidence of the inventiveness enlivening the thought processes of many musicians on the other side of the Atlantic.

Subject at hand is strings, and the sessions are unusual in more ways than one. Second volume in a series that also showcased German reed players, BERLIN STRINGS is made up of four three-inch CDs, each showcasing one Berlin-based stringslinger: three guitarists and Andrea Neumann on inside piano and mixing deck. MORE