Reviews that mention Hannes Lingens

March 12, 2016

Die Hochstapler

Plays the music of Alvin R. Buckley
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Christian Lillinger

Grund

Pirouet PIT 3086 Théo Ceccaldi’s Quartet

Petit Moutarde

ONJazz JP-001

Ziporyn/Zimpel/Zemler/Riley

Green Light

MultiKulti MPTO 12

Dikeman/Parker/Drake

Live at La Resistenza

El Negocito Records eNR041

Something in the Air: Young Blood Still Pumps in Jazz

By Ken Waxman

Child prodigies really don’t exist in improvised music. Occasionally there may be some youngster known for jazz playing. But unlike other musics which depend on a performer having a cute image or being able to copy what’s on the score paper, improvising demands full exposure of an inner self. Lacking maturity the majority of these tyros soon disappear. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t young improvising musicians. But to create notable works, like the skills of exceptional actors or visual artists, true musical talent is almost always refined during the player’s twenties or thirties. MORE

August 16, 2014

Buder/Lingens

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Lillschwerdt John Russell/Ståle Liavik Solberg

No Step

Hispid Records HSPD 002

While for some the notion may seem like defining the variances between the New Orleans and Chicago schools of Classic Jazz, these guitar-drums duo CDs infer that there’s undoubtedly a sonic chasm between so-called traditional Free Music and what could be called contemporary Free Music.

Certainly the duo of British guitarist John Russell and Norwegian percussionist Ståle Liavik Solberg on what is evidentially a live session faithfully preserve one 33-minute improvisation exactly as it was created. On the other hand, the Berlin-based duo of guitarist Hannes Buder plus Hannes Lingens, who plays drums and objects, recorded their four-movement, almost 41-minute program over two months, later editing and mixing the sounds as they’re now heard on this release. Thus each CD sounds radically different despite a similarity in instrumentation. In terms of emotions expressed and story told, each variant is equally valid however. 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

April 2, 2014

Die Hochstapler

The Braxtornette Project
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Douglas/Doxas/Swallow/Doxas

Riverside

Greenleaf Music GLM 1036

Flex Bent Braam

Lucebert

BBBCD 16

Tom Rainey

Obbligato

Intakt Records CD 227

The Whammies

Play the Music of Steve Lacy Vol. 2

Driff Records CD 1303

Something In The Air: A New Take on Standards – Jazz and Otherwise

By Ken Waxman

Since jazz’s beginnings, the measure of a musician’s talent has not only been how well the person improvises, but also how he or she interprets standards. In the 21st century a standard song has evolved past its Tin Pan Alley origins, plus distinctive purely jazz compositions have entered the canon. But while more conservative players treat standards as immutable, the CDs here are noteworthy because their creators distinctively re-imagine standards. MORE