Tá Lam [Songlines]

Tá Lam [Songlines]

by Gebhard Ullmann


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Tá Lam [Songlines]

The back of the CD describes this as "echoes of tango, pygmy chants, township jive, gagaku but file under jazz for the solos." Firmly entrenched in the avant-garde, this is a reissue compilation from two earlier recordings released in Germany. Several of the tracks feature versatile saxophonist Gerhard Ullman overdubbed up to sixteen times in duo with accordionist Hans Hassler, while six reeds are added for the other cuts. The most interesting piece is the reworking of "Mack the Knife," which alone is worth the price of the CD. The leader composed the remaining tunes, which stress densely layered sounds, interspersed with plenty of fine improvisations. Hassler is particularly effective on accordion, but the limited tonal palette from so many reeds detracts somewhat from the whole. Still, the combination of "world" elements and very serious composing strikes a chord, and Ullman has talent to spare, both as a composer and as a soloist.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/1998
Label: Songlines
UPC: 0774355152027
catalogNumber: 1520
Rank: 227529


  1. Reg Alien
  2. D. Nee No
  3. Tá Lam
  4. Think Tank
  5. Heaven No. 2.4
  6. Seven Rests for Woodwind Ensemble
  7. Mack the Knife
  8. Oberschöneweide
  9. Oergarden's What?
  10. Mala Dr'ôle
  11. N.B. Eleven
  12. Heaven No. 2.4 (Again)
  13. Red Prixx (Alegretto)
  14. Black Cat
  15. Basement Research

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gebhard Ullmann   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Wood Flute
Joachim Litty   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Volker Schlott   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Wood Flute
Jürgen Kupke   Clarinet
Heiner Reinhard   Clarinet
Thomas Klemm   Tenor Saxophone,Wood Flute
Hans Hassler   Accordion

Technical Credits

Marc Blitzstein   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Gebhard Ullmann   Producer
Andreas Kahre   translation
Alfons Steffens   Engineer
Wolf Kampmann   Liner Notes
Erdmann Muller   Engineer

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