Reviews that mention Silke Eberhard

July 26, 2016

Uwe Oberg/Silke Eberhard

Turns
Leo Records CD LR 749

Oberg/Schubert/de Joode/Sanders

Rope

Red Toucan # RT 9351

Quietly and without having to move to Berlin, Germany’s improvised music capital, Wiesbaden-based pianist Uwe Oberg has slowly established a reputation. No dogmatic regionalist, Oberg travels and participates in projects outside his city, including the descriptively named Lacy Pool and bands with the likes of Paul Lovens and Evan Parker Besides that the pianist welcomes challenges from different sized groups. Turns for instance is an 11-track duo with Berlin-based clarinetist and alto saxophonist Silke Eberhard encompassing material by Carla Bley, Annette Peacock, Jimmy Giuffre and some originals. As separate from the other session as the Ruhr valley is from Bavaria, Rope is an out-and-out Free Jazz excursion pairing the pianist with out-of-town peers: Berlin soprano saxophonist Frank Paul Schubert; Amsterdam bassist Wilbert de Joode and London drummer Mark Sanders. MORE

August 1, 2014

Festival Report

Jazzdor-Strasbourg-Berlin 2014
By Ken Waxman

The KulturBrauerei’s music space Kesselhaus in East Berlin was a fitting site for the eighth annual Jazzdor-Strasbourg-Berlin (JSB) festival June 3-6. With jazz and improvised music’s universality now a given, a festival presenting mostly French jazz taking place in what had been one of Berlin’s oldest breweries, now repurposed from industrial to artistic use, doesn’t seem that much of a stretch.

Overall its all-inclusive musical theme was confirmed by the programming of JSB’s artistic director Philippe Ochem and his team, which already host Strasbourg’s annual Jazzdor festival. Over four nights, JSB presented musician from different parts of Germany, Belgium and the US plus proudly delineated Basque and Corsican players, all of whom worked with improvisers from France’s major musical centres. MORE

August 23, 2013

Silke Eberhard-Ulrich Gumpert

Peanuts & Vanities
Jazz Werkstatt JW 131

Frank Paul Schubert-Uwe Oberg

Shots & Coups

Gligg Records 055

As open-ended as the participants want it to be, the saxophone-piano duet has been a staple of Jazz ever since a saxophonist first leaned against the piano framework during a session. Although the results usually ends up on the lyrical side – c.f. Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond, Archie Sheep and Horace Parlay and Lee Konitz with a clutch of different pianists – these German duos prove that the interface can be knotty as well as lulling. MORE

November 16, 2012

Silke Eberhard/Dave Burrell

Darlingtonia
Jazzwerkstatt JW 112

Sonny Simmons/François Tusques

Near the Oasis

Improvising Beings ib10

One European and one American musician face off on these live duo sessions, each of which matches a woodwind player with a pianist. While the results are equally simpatico, the couplings couldn’t be more dissimilar.

For a start Near the Oasis, recorded at New York’s Vision Festival, features two veterans of the Free Jazz wars performing together for the first time in North America on a program of mostly reconstituted Bop classics. The saxophonist/English hornist is Louisiana-born Sonny Simmons, 79, who was part of the New Thing in the early 1960s, and has lived in France for the past decade. His partner is Paris-based pianist François Tusques, who came to Free Jazz around the same time as Simmons, and over the years has played with a clutch of memorable European and American innovators. MORE

September 25, 2011

Silke Eberhard Trio

What a Beauty Being
Jazz Werkstatt JW 103

Jaruzelski’s Dream

Jazz Gawronski

Clean Feed CF 211CD

Just like every Jazz saxophonist of the last century seemingly had to record a date backed only by a piano trio, so an improvising saxist of the 21st apparently must be challenged in a trio setting featuring just bass and drums. But in the same way that a reedist’s role has evolved over the years, so has a rhythm section’s function. For these rites of passage to truly impress, a cohesive response from each trio member is a necessity. MORE

November 16, 2009

Berlin’s European Jazz Jamboree Offers a Unique Take on American-based Jazz

By Ken Waxman

Like one of those novels of speculative fiction that posit a scenario in which the South wins the American Civil War; or perhaps like a variant of Superman Comic’s Bizzaro planet where everything is the reverse of earth, 2009’s European Jazz Jamboree (EEJ) offered an alternate view of jazz history. Here the music was essentially in the tradition, but, in the main, interpreted by Europeans rather than Americans.

This led to some spectacular performances taking place during the series of concerts in selected Berlin venues during mid-September. But as Superman found when he visited the Bizarro world, altered history can sometimes be disconcerting. Similarly some of the EJJ combinations failed to live up to their expected promise(s). In a further Bizarro-like irony, some of the fest’s best sounds came from aggregations whose music had very little to do with the EJJ’s stated theme. MORE