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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Steve Swell/Gebhard Ullmann Quartet - Zurich 2006

This is my own audience recording, and one that turned out quite exceptionally good, I dare say... it was a great concert, but alas, an audience of a mere thirteen, including half a dozen that was there from the organising venue and bar... pretty sad, but the Swell/Ullmann Quartet with Hilliard Greene and the great Barry Altschul played one great set for the lucky few.

Now here's your chance to catch up with what you missed back then!

Also check out their nice disc Desert Song and Other Landscapes (CIMP).

Swell-Ullmann Quartet
Zürich (CH), Rote Fabrik, Clubraum
October 29, 2006

Steve Swell - trombone
Gebhard Ullmann - tenor sax, bass clarinet
Hilliard Greene - bass
Barry Altschul - drums

1. Stage Introduction by Fredi Bosshard (2:16)
2. Improvisation > Seven 9-8 (Ullmann) 24:52
3. Announcement by GU (1:09)
4. Soron (?) (Swell) 22:44
5. Flutist With Hat and Shoe (Ullmann) 9:46
[description of a painting yet to be painted]
6. Announcement by GU (1:19)
7. Box Set (Swell) 11:49

TT: 73:58

Sound: A-
Source: audience recording, front row, middle
Lineage: crappy sony mic > minidisc > analogue to HD > GoldWave > FLAC (8,asb,verify)
Taped & transferred by ubu
First shared on dimeadozen in March 2009

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I sat slightly in the middle, more or less in front of Ullmann & Greene, Altschul & Swell being on the left.

The audience consisted of 13 people (including this humble king), of them most likely not even half paid any entrance fee... Irene Schweizer was there, too, and the concert was da shit, I thought, after having needed 10 or so minutes to dig deeply into the music. Pretty sad the crowd still prefers your olde mainstream type stuff or drab electronic and straight beat experiments and stuffe! This is the real deal here, intelligent music that provides listeners with tons of fun!

Oh, and that's not me gasping in... ahem.. arrousal, he he... at the beginning of #5, rather it's them musicians doing their circular breathing thing... up-close recording, ain't it!?


ubu said...

FLAC (tagged) + info:

K said...

WOW. I just downloaded a flac player to listen. What a shame there were so few people there. Hopefully, because of you, their audience has now grown 100 times.....

K said...

Again, wow. Thank you for this great recording and for being there. Box Set is amazing. The sound is perfect. Those cymbals sound nice.

Thank you for your kindness and dedication to this site...