Reviews that mention Oliver Schwerdt

November 26, 2015

New Old Luten Quintet

Tumult
Booklet Notes for Euphorium Records EUPH 045

Fastening on an historical time frame in terms of age and influences when it comes to deeply felt free jazz is often a mistake. That’s because those committed to consistently inventive expression evidentially retain a perpetual youthfulness in their improvisations. Consider the slab of bellicose interaction captured here for instance. Although veteran alto saxophonist and clarinetist Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky is about three to four decades older than his musical partners, the constantly challenging sounds they produce are so a part of his sonic consciousness, that he comfortably – and notably – slides his ideas into their midst. MORE

August 6, 2014

Lillischwerdt

Small Pauer
Euphorium Records EUPH 041a

New Old Luten Quintet

Big Pauer

Euphorium Records EUPH 041b

Gently acerbic Free Jazz which flourished intermittently alongside vital improvisation in the former East Germany appears to have a post DDR-champion in Leipzig pianist/bandleader Oliver Schwerdt. Schwerdt, whose PhD thesis was on drummer Gunter Baby Sommer, creates sounds which like the drummer’s oeuvre are both deadly serious and a whole lot of fun. These discs show how he continues to tread the fine line between comedy and profundity in his work. MORE

August 6, 2014

New Old Luten Quintet

Big Pauer
Euphorium Records EUPH 041b

Lillischwerdt

Small Pauer

Euphorium Records EUPH 041a

Gently acerbic Free Jazz which flourished intermittently alongside vital improvisation in the former East Germany appears to have a post DDR-champion in Leipzig pianist/bandleader Oliver Schwerdt. Schwerdt, whose PhD thesis was on drummer Gunter Baby Sommer, creates sounds which like the drummer’s oeuvre are both deadly serious and a whole lot of fun. These discs show how he continues to tread the fine line between comedy and profundity in his work. MORE

July 23, 2010

Ember

Aurona Arona
Creative Sources CS 167 CD

OM

Willisau

Intakt CD 170

Acknowledged as one of the most accomplished architects of unique reed timbre treatments within improvised music Luzern, Switzerland-based saxophonist Urs Leimgruber’s playing is outstanding in both solo and group situations.

Someone who rarely limits himself when seeking musical partners in ensemble situations, Leimgruber’s strategies are particularly notable on these CD. A nod to the saxophonist’s past, Willisau, recorded in 2008 at the Jazz festival in the Swiss city of the same name, is a reunion gig by the original members of OM, the electrified-Free Jazz quartet which existed from 1972-1982. Recorded four months earlier in Leipzig at another festival, the other CD matches Leimgruber’s skills with those of three younger German players. MORE

October 19, 2007

EUPHORIUM_freakestra

2 Trios & 2 Babies
EUPHORIUM Records EUPH 009

Wadada Leo Smith/Günter Baby Sommer

Wisdom in Time

Intakt CD 128

Nicknamed “Baby” by an early reviewer, who likened his playing to that of traditional New Orleans drummer Baby Dodds, East German percussionist Günter “Baby” Sommer shares his namesake’s instrumental inventiveness. But as these sessions prove, he isn’t limited by anyone’s definition of jazz or improvised music.

Interestingly enough, the CDs are almost the converse of one another – Wisdom in Time is reductive, while 2 Trios & 2 Babies is augmentative. Both those adjectives relate to the personnel rather than the music however. The first features Dresden-based Sommer improvising alongside sympathetic American trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith. The reductive part comes about because the two were initially part of a trio with the late bassist Peter Kowald, memorialized on the track “Brass-Star Hemispheres”. MORE

October 19, 2007

Wadada Leo Smith/Günter Baby Sommer

Wisdom in Time
Intakt CD 128

EUPHORIUM_freakestra

2 Trios & 2 Babies

EUPHORIUM Records EUPH 009

Nicknamed “Baby” by an early reviewer, who likened his playing to that of traditional New Orleans drummer Baby Dodds, East German percussionist Günter “Baby” Sommer shares his namesake’s instrumental inventiveness. But as these sessions prove, he isn’t limited by anyone’s definition of jazz or improvised music.

Interestingly enough, the CDs are almost the converse of one another – Wisdom in Time is reductive, while 2 Trios & 2 Babies is augmentative. Both those adjectives relate to the personnel rather than the music however. The first features Dresden-based Sommer improvising alongside sympathetic American trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith. The reductive part comes about because the two were initially part of a trio with the late bassist Peter Kowald, memorialized on the track “Brass-Star Hemispheres”. MORE