Reviews that mention Uwe Oberg

September 17, 2021

Steve Lacy (Unfinished)

Organized by Guillaume Tarche
Lenka Lente

By Ken Waxman

Strictly speaking American saxophonist Steve Lacy (1934-2004) is finished. That is if we’re speaking about leave taking of this temporal plane. However the influence of the musician who introduced the soprano saxophone to modern Jazz and improvised music is far from over. Significant as an innovator, performer, composer and mentor, Lacy’s career, much of which was spent in Paris, was richer, varied and more complex than simple biographies and discographies can convey. This 470-page volume provides a kaleidoscopic, if somewhat eccentric, compendium of the many strands of Lacy’s life from 43 contributors writing in English, French and Italian. MORE

January 21, 2021

NPR 15th Annual Jazz Critics Poll: 2020

American Website
Ken Waxman’s Ballot

Ken Waxman (Jazz Word)

NEW RELEASES

1. Virtual Company, Virtual Company (Confront)

2. Edward "Kidd" Jordan-Joel Futterman-William Parker-Hamid Drake, A Tribute to Alvin Fielder: Live at Vision Festival XXIV (Mahakala Music)

3. Urs Blöchlinger Revisited, Harry Doesn't Mind (Leo)

4. Jason Kao Hwang, Human Rites Trio (True Sound)

5. Liquid Quintet, Bouquet (Sirulita -19)

6. ROPE [Frank Paul Schubert-Uwe Oberg-Paul Rogers-Mark Sanders], Open Ends (Trouble in the East) MORE

November 6, 2020

Frank Paul Schubert/Uwe Oberg/Paul Rogers/Mark Sanders

Open Ends
Trouble in the East Records 016

Schubert/Manderscheid/Blume

Spindrift

Leo Records CD LR 883

One of the growing numbers of Berlin-based young veteran improvisers, saxophonist Frank Paul Schubert has forged relationships not only with players of his generation, but with slightly older musicians and even some overseas. These sets, each of which features interpretations of two extended tunes, feature Schubert in quartet or trio ensembles.

Open Ends celebrates a long standing affiliation which links the saxophonist with countryman pianist Uwe Oberg, plus Britons, percussionist Mark Sanders and Paul Rogers who plays 7-string acoustic bass. All have extensive experience playing with the likes of Evan Parker, and Paul Dunmall. Recorded nearly two years later, in mid-2019, Spindrift is Schubert with the respected rhythm team of Germans drummer Martin Blume and bassist Dieter Manderscheid who have similar experience with saxophonist like Toby Delius and Frank Gratkowski. MORE

July 21, 2020

Uwe Oberg/Joe Fonda/Lucía Martínez

Relight
NotTwo MW 994-2

Paraskevopoulos/Winter/Pröll

Live at artacts ’19 St. Johann

Creative Sources CS 622 CD

Andy Milne and Unison

The Remission

Sunnyside Records SSC 1576

Jim Black Trio

Reckon

Intakt CD 334

Favored in many styles of Jazz at least since the early 1950s, the conventional piano, bass and drums trio has been used by everyone from Teddy Wilson on one hand to Cecil Taylor on the other. The true test of interpretation for many though is how to assert individuality within the category’s parameters. Each trio here does so, but happily with singular solutions. MORE

September 13, 2017

Uwe Oberg/Rudi Mahall/Michael Griener

Lacy Pool…2
Leo Records CD LR 792

Rova/Kyle Bruckmann/Henry Kaiser

Steve Lacy’s Saxophone Special Revisited

Clean Feed CF 415 CD

With saxophonist Steve Lacy’s death now 13 years in the past, musicians have begun dealing with his musical legacy in different ways. Like a visual artist celebrated for his painting who was also an accomplished sculptor, Lacy’s capability as a master improviser who established the soprano saxophone in modern Jazz is unquestioned; evaluating the music he composed over a 50-year career is the next challenge. The CDs here realize the material’s potential however because each group involved interprets Lacy’s works according to its own ideas, rather than embalming it as is the concept behind so-called ghost bands. MORE

July 26, 2016

Oberg/Schubert/de Joode/Sanders

Rope
Red Toucan # RT 9351

Uwe Oberg/Silke Eberhard

Turns

Leo Records CD LR 749

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

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 23, 2013

Frank Paul Schubert-Uwe Oberg

Shots & Coups
Gligg Records 055

Silke Eberhard-Ulrich Gumpert

Peanuts & Vanities

Jazz Werkstatt JW 131

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

January 23, 2011

Uwe Oberg & Evan Parker

Full Bloom
Jazzwerkstatt JW 092

Michel Doneda/Taavi Kerikmäe

Kirme

Improtest Records IMPRTCD 03

Stretching free improvisations for the piano and saxophone to their limits are these CDs, which, audaciously enough are not only complexly spontaneously created but feature intergenerational and multi-national duos. Full Bloom is a first-time meeting between Wiesbaden, Germany-based pianist Uwe Oberg, 48, and British tenor saxophonist Evan Parker, 66; while Kirme matches French soprano saxophonist Michel Doneda, 56, and Estonian pianist Taavi Kerikmäe, 34. Needless to say, age and nationality fall away when the duos become fully engrossed in improvising. MORE

April 9, 2010

Uwe Oberg/Christof Thewes/Michael Griener

Lacy Pool
hatOLOGY 676

Creating something original from an already existing musical cannon is a challenge acknowledged but rarely demonstrated by many contemporary improvisers. Homage doesn’t mean recreation, as some players have sadly proven. Instead redefinition of already created compositions involves tinkering with the material while staying true to its underlying ideas. This is what Lacy Pool does

Avoiding the majority of the most recognized tunes composed by American soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy (1934-2004), the trio members instead concentrates on 10 others, interpolating their own instant compositions within two of the Lacy tunes. Also note that there’s no saxophone of any size on this CD. Plus, while Lacy had close relationships with trombonists such as Roswell Rudd and pianists such as Bobby Few, the piano-trombone-drum voicing here adds a unique tonal variant to his work. MORE