Abstract Window

Kasper Tom -Alexander von Schlippenbach-Rudi Mahall

Medium: CD
Year: 2017

Availability: Out of stock



Legendary German pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach, 79 years old, is one of the European musicians who have defined what is free and free-improvised music is since the mid-sixties, with his Schlippenbach Trio (with Evan Parker and Paul Lovens) and the Globe Unity Orchestra. Fellow German, clarinetist Rudi Mahall, is another innovative improviser who has collaborated with von Schlippenbach in the Globe Unity Orchestra and on his brilliant interpretations of Thelonious Monk's songbook (Monk's Casino, Intakt, 2005). Mahall is also a close collaborator of drummer Kasper Tom Christiansen and has played with him in his quartet Fusk, as a duo (Their debut One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure was released by Barefoot Records, 2016) and in other outfits. Abstract Window is the trio's debut album, recorded during October 2016 in Berlin. It is tempting to see this trio as a variation of the Schlippenbach Trio due to the similar instrumentation and the close affinity between the three musicians. This trio may not have the organic telepathic of the Schlippenbach Trio that has been working now for over four decades, but its interplay is still fresh, inventive and often even poetic. All three musicians are credited to the 11 pieces that blur the lines between spontaneous improvisations and concise, focused compositions. All the pieces have a playful sense of melody and drama and structure despite their constant flirts with quirky structures and fast and sharp interplay. The three musicians openly embrace new ideas, dynamics and risks, applying the philosophy that led to title one of the pieces "Change is the Only Constant". (By Eyal Hareuveni)