Reviews that mention Carl Ludwig Hübsch

May 23, 2017

Simon Rummel Ensemble

Nichts Für Alle
Umlaut Records UMFR-CD19

Max Nagl Ensemble

Live at Porgy & Bess Vol. 2

Rude Noises 024

One of those phrases like laid-back Manhattanite which you don’t hear very often is humorous Teuton. But what sounds like an oxymoron is actually an apt description of these fine discs. Like muralists using a wider palate two Germanic player/composers – one from Köln and the other from Vienna – organized large ensembles to interpret their original compositions. Someone who composes for theatre, and dance as well as improvising with the likes of trumpeter Steve Bernstein and saxophonist Loll Coxhill, Austrian saxophonist Max Nagl’s Live at Porgy & Bess Vol. 2 is a wild-and-wooly 2016 sequel to a related showcase recorded in the same Viennese club with an identically sized band in 2012. German keyboardist Simon Rummel, who has worked in theatre composing music as well as other functions, been a church organist and has his tunes played by the James Choice Orchestra, convened the 11-piece Köln-based ensemble featured on Nichts Für Alle expressly to interpret his new compositions. MORE

February 8, 2017

Hübsch/Martel/Zoubek

Drought
Tour de Bras TDB 9017 CD

By Ken Waxman

Like a carefully coordinated many nation NATO exercise, but anything but bellicose, the distinctive soundscape that is Drought is the result of a long-time alliance among tubaist Carl Ludwig Hübsch and prepared piano stylist Phillip Zoubek, both from Köln, and Montreal-based Pierre-Yves Martel, who improvises on the soprano viola da gamba. Dating from the 15tn century and with both viola and cello tone attributes, that instrument, played in tandem with the others’ exposes a rugged post-modern concept on the seven selections here, which the trio presented last year in Toronto. MORE

August 11, 2016

Dörner, Hautzinger, Kerbaj, Hübsch

Ariha Brass Quartet
Al Maslakh 18

By Ken Waxman

Challenging the reductionist idea that music from the non-western world only fits in the so-called ethnic category are Beirut’s committed free improvisers. Like outsiders whose grasp of a language’s grammar sometimes exceeds that of natives, within the past decade Lebanese sound explorers have proven their skill playing alongside advanced improvisers from elsewhere, at the city’s annual free music Irtijal Festival, or in ad hoc settings in Lebanon or Europe. This CD confirms this combination as Beirut-based trumpeter Mazen Kerbaj’s ideas are integrated within the Ariha Brass Quartet (ABQ) which also includes Austrian trumpeter Franz Hautzinger as well as Germans, trumpeter Axel Dörner and tubaist Carl Ludwig Hübsch. MORE

May 19, 2014

Matthias Schubert

9 Compositions for The Multiple Joy [ce] Ensemble
Red Toucan # RT 9348

Matthias Schubert/Simon Nabatov

Descriptions

Leo Records CD LR 686

Lurk Lab

Lurk Lab

Gligg Records 018

For the past couple of decades, Kassel-born tenor saxophonist Matthias Schubert has come into his own as a valued sideman in various configurations as well as an infrequent leader of his own dates. Touching on different aspects of the saxophonist’s art, which encompasses Free Improv, electro-acoustics, straight-ahead Jazz and New music, the CDS here demonstrate how and why the versatile Schubert is almost always busy. MORE

October 7, 2013

Hübsch/Martel/Zoubek

June16th
Schraum 17

Having adopted the venerable viola da gamba as his main instrument, Montreal-based former double bassist Pierre-Yves Martel is also adapting it to unusual sonic situations. On this notable release named for the day on which it was recorded, Martel, who directs a different ensemble October 11 at the Music Gallery, mainly uses the timbres of his bowed viol as a sound source, the better to intersect with the equally extended techniques of his German band mates: tubaist Carl Ludwig Hübsch and pianist Philip Zoubek. Although the results are at a far distance from the consort and sacred compositions from the height of the instrument’s popularity in the mid-18th Century, they suggest a beguiling future for pre-modern instruments. MORE

December 20, 2012

Ensemble X

Ensemble X
Red Toucan RT 9344

Insub Meta Orchestra

Archive #1

Insubordinations insubcd04

Reductionist to the extreme, especially for those accustomed to the distributed colors of a symphony orchestra or the rhythmic flexibility of big Jazz band, these European ensembles both take as their strategy the movement and integration of timbres. Despite the 15 members of Köln-based Ensemble X or the 35 plus [!] participants in Geneva-based INSUB META Orchestra’s initiative, the idea is for each group of improvisers to move and sound like one entity. Equally challenging, the concept is designed so that each must contribute his or her particular tonal qualities at controlled volume and within a specific dynamic range. That these discs are as striking as they are is a testament to both the ensemble members’ cooperative skills as it is to the guidance of tubaist Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Ensemble X’s initiator on one hand, and the five Insub Meta Orchestra members who lead the conduction on different tracks of that CD. MORE

August 11, 2012

Suboko & Hübsch & Spieth

k-horns
Schraum 14

Thomas Lehn/Carl Ludwig Hübsch/Philip Zoubek/Franz Hautzinger

LHZ + H

Monotype Records mono044

Minimalist soundscapes which position uniquely exceptional brass timbres with equally anomalous tones from other instruments are the congruent points of these CDs. Additionally while both discs were subjected to post-production re-mixing, it’s the initial context which makes each appealing.

Another connection is that Köln-based tubaist Carl Ludwig Hübsch is present on both sessions, twisting his valves and focused breaths into equally atypical timbres. Although he actually demonstrates more expected tuba qualities on LHZ + H than k-horns. Hübsch, whose experience encompasses everything from improvising as part of an all-horns trio to section work and solos in large, more formally constituted ensembles, is joined on LHZ + H by three Teutonic sound explorers. Vienna-based Franz Hautzinger, whose quarter-tone trumpet with delay is one of the CD’s salient features, is joined by German synthesizer player Thomas Lehn who now lives in Vienna, plus the prepared piano of Dutch-born, Köln-resident Philip Zoubek. MORE

August 11, 2012

Thomas Lehn/Carl Ludwig Hübsch/Philip Zoubek/Franz Hautzinger

LHZ + H
Monotype Records mono044

Suboko & Hübsch & Spieth

k-horns

Schraum 14

Minimalist soundscapes which position uniquely exceptional brass timbres with equally anomalous tones from other instruments are the congruent points of these CDs. Additionally while both discs were subjected to post-production re-mixing, it’s the initial context which makes each appealing.

Another connection is that Köln-based tubaist Carl Ludwig Hübsch is present on both sessions, twisting his valves and focused breaths into equally atypical timbres. Although he actually demonstrates more expected tuba qualities on LHZ + H than k-horns. Hübsch, whose experience encompasses everything from improvising as part of an all-horns trio to section work and solos in large, more formally constituted ensembles, is joined on LHZ + H by three Teutonic sound explorers. Vienna-based Franz Hautzinger, whose quarter-tone trumpet with delay is one of the CD’s salient features, is joined by German synthesizer player Thomas Lehn who now lives in Vienna, plus the prepared piano of Dutch-born, Köln-resident Philip Zoubek. MORE

April 26, 2012

Hybrid 10tet

On the Move
BBBCD14

Somehow the newest CD by pianist Michiel Braam’s Hybrid 10tet manages to expose nine tracks of sweetened Dutch Funk with a modern Jazz overlay. All inventive Braam composition and arrangements, the performances bring together a so-called Classical string quartet, a Rock-oriented rhythm section, with an international trio of brass players upfront. Mixing up the elements this way, the pianist has created a continental improv version of Gamble & Huff’s Philly Soul Music. And in doing so, Braam has positioned his Tentet as a successor to the late Willem Breuker’s Kollektief and the aging, while still vibrant, ICP Orchestra. MORE

January 30, 2012

Scott Fields/Multiple Joyce Orchestra

Moersbow OZZO
Clean Feed CF 236 CD

Having upped the number of musicians involved as well as the scope of his creative strategies, the newest orchestral work by American guitarist Scott Fields involves 23 players – plus him conducting – interpreting one, nearly-14-minute, and another four-part, hour-long composition. The result, recorded live in the guitarist’s adopted hometown of Köln, is satisfyingly striking, with the proviso that subsequent performances likely sounded different, considering that that the unique physical gestures used by Fields and the musicians to communicate are drawn from the American Manual Alphabet. MORE

July 7, 2011

Festival Report:

Moers Festival June 10 to 12, 2011
By Ken Waxman

Ornette Coleman’s performance at Germany’s Moers Festival was the surprise birthday present celebrating the 40th anniversary of Moers, which takes place annually in this town, about 50 miles from Cologne. Announced earlier, cancelled, and rescheduled, the jazz legend’s performance wasn’t even noted in the official program. Appearing on the fest’s final night, Coleman’s quartet turned in a suitably magisterial set, with the leader, dapper in a suit, infusing his tongue flutters and altissimo reed cries with genuine emotion. Segueing through short selections including classics like “Dancing in Your Head” and “Lonely Woman”, the alto saxophonist’s lines swooped, swerved and sighed, bringing a distinct country blues sensibility to everything he played. MORE

February 2, 2011

Carl Ludwig Hübsch

Die Sach an Sich
Free Elephant FA 011

Robin Hayward

States of Rushing

Choose Records 2009

Roberto Fabbriciani/Robin Hayward

Nella Basilica

Another Timbre at30

Carl Ludwig Hübsch/Christoph Schiller

Giles U.

Another Timbre at32

Twisting, broadening and stretching the capacities of the orchestral tuba are methods aptly demonstrated on this quartet of CDs, two solo and two duos. Although each is uniformly impressive, what is also notable is that the extended and microtonal strategies used by both German-based low-brass men were separately serendipitously developed. MORE

February 2, 2011

Carl Ludwig Hübsch/Christoph Schiller

Giles U.
Another Timbre at32

Robin Hayward

States of Rushing

Choose Records 2009

Carl Ludwig Hübsch

Die Sach an Sich

Free Elephant FA 011

Roberto Fabbriciani/Robin Hayward

Nella Basilica

Another Timbre at30

Twisting, broadening and stretching the capacities of the orchestral tuba are methods aptly demonstrated on this quartet of CDs, two solo and two duos. Although each is uniformly impressive, what is also notable is that the extended and microtonal strategies used by both German-based low-brass men were separately serendipitously developed. MORE

November 25, 2008

James Choice Orchestra

Live at Musik Triennale Köln
Leo CD LR 513

Bik Bent Braam

Extremen

BBB CD 10

Although saxophonist/clarinettist Frank Gratkowski and tubaist Carl Ludwig Hübsch are each an integral part of both these innovative, large ensemble sessions, the CDs couldn’t be more divergent.

Extremen features the two-Köln-based players as part of Dutch pianist Michel Braam’s 13-piece Bik Bent Braam ensemble in concert playing 12 of the pianist’s compositions. Although the tunes are also orchestrated, using a combination of written and verbal cues plus hand signals and gestures, band members improvise both musically and physically. They can alter, re-direct and refocus the order and duration of the pieces, work out different harmonies and solo choices, plus unexpectedly introduce improvised material. MORE

November 25, 2008

Bik Bent Braam

Extremen
BBB CD 10

James Choice Orchestra

Live at Musik Triennale Köln

Leo CD LR 513

Although saxophonist/clarinettist Frank Gratkowski and tubaist Carl Ludwig Hübsch are each an integral part of both these innovative, large ensemble sessions, the CDs couldn’t be more divergent.

Extremen features the two-Köln-based players as part of Dutch pianist Michel Braam’s 13-piece Bik Bent Braam ensemble in concert playing 12 of the pianist’s compositions. Although the tunes are also orchestrated, using a combination of written and verbal cues plus hand signals and gestures, band members improvise both musically and physically. They can alter, re-direct and refocus the order and duration of the pieces, work out different harmonies and solo choices, plus unexpectedly introduce improvised material. MORE

April 1, 2008

Kartet

The Bay Window
Songlines SGL SA 1560-2

James Carney Group

Green-Wood

Songlines SGL SA 1566-2

Alberto Braida/Wilbert de Joode

Reg Erg

Red Toucan RT 9332

Carl Ludwig Hübsch

Primordial Soup

Red Toucan RT 9331

Butcher/Muller/van der Schyff

Way Out Northwest

Drip Audio DA 00272

By Ken Waxman

Music transcends borders, and so does music distribution in the Internet age. Couple this with the maturation of the Canadian improvised music scene and a new phenomenon is visible: CDs recorded elsewhere, but released by Canadian labels for international distribution. MORE

April 1, 2008

Alberto Braida/Wilbert de Joode

Reg Erg
Red Toucan RT 9332

Kartet

The Bay Window

Songlines SGL SA 1560-2

James Carney Group

Green-Wood

Songlines SGL SA 1566-2

Carl Ludwig Hübsch

Primordial Soup

Red Toucan RT 9331

Butcher/Muller/van der Schyff

Way Out Northwest

Drip Audio DA 00272

By Ken Waxman

Music transcends borders, and so does music distribution in the Internet age. Couple this with the maturation of the Canadian improvised music scene and a new phenomenon is visible: CDs recorded elsewhere, but released by Canadian labels for international distribution. MORE

April 1, 2008

Carl Ludwig Hübsch

Primordial Soup
Red Toucan RT 9331

Kartet

The Bay Window

Songlines SGL SA 1560-2

James Carney Group

Green-Wood

Songlines SGL SA 1566-2

Alberto Braida/Wilbert de Joode

Reg Erg

Red Toucan RT 9332

Butcher/Muller/van der Schyff

Way Out Northwest

Drip Audio DA 00272

By Ken Waxman

Music transcends borders, and so does music distribution in the Internet age. Couple this with the maturation of the Canadian improvised music scene and a new phenomenon is visible: CDs recorded elsewhere, but released by Canadian labels for international distribution. MORE

April 1, 2008

Butcher/Muller/van der Schyff

Way Out Northwest
Drip Audio DA 00272

Kartet

The Bay Window

Songlines SGL SA 1560-2

James Carney Group

Green-Wood

Songlines SGL SA 1566-2

Alberto Braida/Wilbert de Joode

Reg Erg

Red Toucan RT 9332

Carl Ludwig Hübsch

Primordial Soup

Red Toucan RT 9331

By Ken Waxman

Music transcends borders, and so does music distribution in the Internet age. Couple this with the maturation of the Canadian improvised music scene and a new phenomenon is visible: CDs recorded elsewhere, but released by Canadian labels for international distribution. MORE

April 1, 2008

James Carney Group

Green-Wood
Songlines SGL SA 1566-2

Alberto Braida/Wilbert de Joode

Reg Erg

Red Toucan RT 9332

Kartet

The Bay Window

Songlines SGL SA 1560-2

Carl Ludwig Hübsch

Primordial Soup

Red Toucan RT 9331

Butcher/Muller/van der Schyff

Way Out Northwest

Drip Audio DA 00272

By Ken Waxman

Music transcends borders, and so does music distribution in the Internet age. Couple this with the maturation of the Canadian improvised music scene and a new phenomenon is visible: CDs recorded elsewhere, but released by Canadian labels for international distribution. MORE

April 17, 2006

Carl Ludwig Hübsch’s Longrun Development of the Universe

Is This Our Music?
Konnex

European Tuba Quartet
Echo-Nomia 4.4
Nurnichtnur

By Ken Waxman
April 17, 2006

Passionate about the investigation of brass tones and timbres – especially with and from his chosen instrument, the tuba – Cologne-based Carl Ludwig Hübsch is the point of congruence and demarcation on these two German CDs. While both group efforts mix composition and improvisation plus formidable instrumental techniques, the European Tuba Quartet (ETQ)’s Echo-Nomia 4.4 may tilt a bit beyond the purview of the non-brass specialist. In contrast, Is This Our Music? with its sly reversal of the title of Ornette Coleman’s famous 1960 LP, succeeds on its own merits. MORE

January 16, 2006

Yitzhak Yedid

Passions and Prayers
Between the Lines

Post No Bills
Musick für Kammerensemble
Nurnichtnur

Jean-Pierre Jullian
Opus Incertum on C…
Émouvance

By Ken Waxman
January 16, 2006

On occasion imagining themselves with lower standing than so-called classical composers, improvising musicians create program music, hoping to theoretically reach a similar elevated level – especially if the results are presented in concert. Many times this yearning expressed in semi-notated works is further staunched by utilizing strings and other orchestral instruments for similar purported prestige. MORE