In this double CD, following up the recent release Sektion 1-2 (umlp03), Neuköllner Modelle is joined by pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach. Their music evokes questions on swing: how it is heard today and fed back to us historically. In the detailed booklet Bastian Zimmermann point out that “Neuköllner Modelle is perhaps the first serious attempt to swing once again without playing standards.
The musicians develop jazz as a form of instant composition, with the energy of not only the blues but also bebop, and in the classical hierarchy of a rhythm section consisting of double bass and drums. However, all four musicians come from the areas of Free Jazz, of improvised music, or even, in Johansson’s case, of performance and conceptual music.”
The excitement, and here lays perhaps the keys of swing, is connected to the way Neuköllner Modelle voices out the positioning of strong independent and co-existing ideas. Their music is striving towards a common somewhere asserting their differing assumptions and expectations.
Recorded by Andrew Levine at Sowieso, Berlin, November 2015. Mastered by Werner Dafeldecker. Cover design by Teresa Iten. Liner notes (in german and english) by Bastian Zimmermann. Produced with the support from The Swedish Art Council.
1. Sektion 3 (19:05)
2. Sektion 4 (18:31)
3. Sektion 5 (04:39)
1. Sektion 6 (17:11)
2. Sektion 7 (33:59)
All compositions by Neuköllner Modelle.
Bertrand Denzler [FR] saxophone
Joel Grip [SE/DE] double bass
Sven-Åke Johansson [SE/DE] drums
Alexander von Schlippenbach [DE] piano