The Braxtornette Project #UB004 23 Oct 2013


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Die Hochstapler
Pierre Borel – alto sax
Louis Laurain – trumpet
Antonio Borghini – double bass
Hannes Lingens – drums

On part IV with:
Pierre-Antoine Badaroux – alto sax
Axel Dörner – trumpet
Joel Grip – double bass
Antonin Gerbal – drums

On part I (replacing Hannes Lingens):
Tobias Backhaus – drums


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(Excerpt from “The Braxtornette Project – Part III”)

In this project, Die Hochstapler (the impostors) work on two great american composers: Anthony Braxton and Ornette Coleman. Both have their own revolutionary vision of music, philosophy and life. We are using their compositions, their concepts to create our music; we don’t copy them, we steal them and restructurate their ideas according to ours.

This release presents the evolution of our work of the last two years in four parts on 2 CDs.
The first part can be seen as the starting point, with a “classical” approach of both composers, playing their more jazzistic compositions.
The second part is one long “suite”, combining very different ideas but with a pre-defined structure, getting away from the conventional theme-solo-theme structure, superimposing compositions and exploring the quartet formation as one improvising unity.
The third part is an open structure, collage and games, where the very concrete material of the compositions become abstract, a game of time and length and speed, repetition and singularity, where the simplicity of the “rules” allow us to be more and more free.
The last part has been recorded at the Umlaut Berlin Festival 2013, augmenting the group by the great quartet Peeping Tom, an homage to the large ensemble compositions of Ornette Coleman and Anthony Braxton.
All compositions by Ornette Coleman and Anthony Braxton
Part I and III recorded by Pierce Warnecke at Wendel and Sowieso, Berlin 2011 and 2013
Part II recorded at Hagenfesten, Dala-Floda, in 2012
Part IV recorded at Ballhaus Ost, Berlin in 2013 by Christoph Schlimbach
Part I and III mixed by Pierce Warnecke
Part II and IV mixed by Christoph Schlimbach
Mastered by Pierce Warnecke

Praise for “The Braxtornette Project”:

“sensationell gut gelungen” Curt Cusine, skug

“ein Schallwerk von intensivster Farbigkeit, Suspense, hitziger Verve und weitgefasster Ästhetik” Platte des Monats, freiStil

“Excellent projet, vivement conseillé.” Julien Héraud, Improv-Sphere

“excellent album” Franpi Barriaux, Citizen Jazz

“Anyone with more than a passing interest in either composer, or simply interested in the current European jazz scene, should snatch this baby up.” Brian Olewneck, Just Outside

Allt sprudlar som glad kolsyra.” Leif Carlsson, Lira

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