The Globe Unity Orchestra is not just an ensemble of enormous historical importance to jazz but one which proves the continuing relevance of its self-imposed task. The present line-up, encompassing musicians of several generations and nationalities, lives up to the responsibility of producing genuinely new music, rejecting the commonplace and avoiding cliché, each time they play together. As if to contradict those who accuse the Globe Unity Orchestra (and free jazz in general) of predictability, the golden jubilee at the Jazzfest Berlin was characterised by extreme contrast and high drama, both musical and visual. The audience was drawn in and engaged to a degree that became obvious when the end of Evan Parker’s short unaccompanied soprano solo, almost midway through the 45 minutes, gave them a first chance to express their approval with a roar that can be clearly heard on the recording. At that moment, and others, they seemed unmistakeably to be applauding not just individual contributions but the brilliance of the collective endeavour.
(from the liner notes by Richard Williams)
Henrik Walsdorff: alto saxophone
Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky: alto saxophone, clarinet, flute
Daniele D’Agaro: tenor saxophone, clarinet
Gerd Dudek: soprano and tenor saxophones, clarinet, flute
Evan Parker: tenor saxophone
Rudi Mahall: bass clarinet
Axel Dörner: trumpet
Manfred Schoof: trumpet, flugelhorn
Jean-Luc Cappozzo: trumpet
Tomasz Stańko: trumpet
Ryan Carniaux: trumpet
Christof Thewes: trombone
Wolter Wierbos: trombone
Gerhard Gschlössl: trombone
Carl Ludwig Hübsch: tuba
Alexander von Schlippenbach: piano
Paul Lovens: drums
Paul Lytton: drums
Recorded at Jazzfest Berlin 2016 by RBB, November 4, 2016. Mixed and mastered by Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg. Radio producer: Ulf Drechsel. Sound supervisor: Wolfgang Hoff. Recording engineer: Peter Schladebach. Digital cut and mastering: Uli Hieber. Cover art and graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Photos: Kazue Yokoi. Liner notes: Richard Williams. Produced by RBB and Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt. Published by Intakt Records.
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Total mastery of patience, time, and drama create a constantly engaging journey that never gets tiresome or same-y: in fact the harder you listen the better it gets! Somehow Sorey et al. find a way to combine the deep listening and spontaneous interaction of the best jazz with the sense of every tone and sound being worth a universe of listening, which could be equally from Cage and Feldman or the accompaniment to an ancient ritual.
The recording/engineering is absolutely perfect as well. Giles