Das Kondensat – Das Kondensat (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 39:56 minutes | 404 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Das Kondensat. At the age of 60 these recordings stand for something special in Gebhard Ullmann’s life (Berlin Jazz Award 2017, among others). They are cliché-free recollection and move-on at the same time. The result is a sensual electroacoustic improvisation story in eleven chapters. All in all this results in a Berlin band of superlatives that is more than the sum of its parts.
Condensation occurs when a substance turns from one state into another. Evaporation, compression and compaction: All these are words that justify the name of the trio around Gebhard Ullmann, Oliver Potratz and Eric Schaefer and describe this truly new music. The result is a sensual electroacoustic improvisation story in eleven chapters. Finding out how to improvise with samples, loops, effects units and diverse live electronics was in the air. Looking for appliances, understanding digital techniques, writing programs and then transforming mind games into a vital celebration of the moment, pushing things to the limit and exceeding it with appliances that originally were not made for free playing. A fusion of analogue and digital, combining experiences from the fields of jazz with new technologies, creating transitions from one into the other, without forgetting about the audience. Das Kondensat jumps from the museum to a “now” that is far from diverse orthodox doctrines. This is also jazz, but only among other things. Curiosity is the lust for new things. That is what all this is about. Sometimes with a rocking and punching, sometimes with a melodious and balladic access, generated with new media in new contexts. The trio’s music results from years of continuity, making use of advanced measures without losing its anarchic way of non-pretending. Blind searching improvisations stand side by side with straight, well-rounded compositions. This discursive trialogue music develops its very own dynamic. Ullmann, Potratz and Schaefer dominate the indispensable art of acting and reacting, of guiding and being guided by the other, of formulating a common vision left in the open. Gebhard Ullmann draws on years of experience in dealing with modified sounds that allow him to wind his soprano and tenor saxophones through the jungle, to then let them rise in airy space and finally bring them to the point in a hands-on way. Oliver Potratz’ electric bass can loom darkly and ground strikingly or rise to wonderful lines. It lays a sometimes powerful, sometimes delicate foundation. To describe Eric Schaefer’s drumming as pumping, urgent and dynamic would be an understatement. He has long played his way to the first rank of European drummers.
01 – Variations on a Master Plan No. 3
02 – Lady in the Sky
03 – Ich atme Luft von anderen Planeten
04 – Dubbing with Guy
05 – Shox
06 – Grizzly Bear
07 – Desert.. Bleue.. East
08 – Rugged
09 – Five Slash Seven
10 – Kitsch No. 2
11 – Ich atmete Luft von anderen Planeten
Produced by Das Kondensat.
Recorded on February 22 and 24, 2016 and Mixed on March 1 and 2, 2016 at Low Swing Tonstudio, Berlin by Guy Sternberg.
Samples and sound processing Recorded at Bluenoize studios.
Gebhard Ullmann – tenor and soprano saxophones, looper, sampler
Oliver Potratz – bass, analog effects
Eric Schaefer – drums, modular synth