Released in: 2010
Catalog No: MW 843-2
Price: 12 EUR
Frank Gratkowski - alto sax, clarinets
Sebastian Gramss - double bass, bows
Tatsuya Nakatani - percussion, bowed gongs
live at the Loft, Cologne, December 2008
mixed at Maarweg Studios Cologne, March 2009
What the critics say:
Tatsuya Nakatami diligently moved along with the band steeping into scratching, beating and violonizing his instruments…where Gratkowksi is brash and experimental at every turn, the bassist, Gramss, is almost chameleon-like in his ability to mimic and build upon the lines Gratkowski is playing. He’s the ultimate support player here, as integral to the sound as any of the others, but sometimes almost disappearing until you listen carefully and realize that the horn line is being doubled, or tripled, by the bowing of the bass… Compelling, experimental, but also quite beautiful and even… poetic
Reedist and composer Frank Gratkowski is one of the brightest lights in the music today.
One Final Note
Sebastian Gramss is a masterful bass player, establishing his ability to play full dark lines, then demonstrating a consistently firm grasp of arco technique…
Cadence Magazine, New York
Tatsuya is a creator of great sonic spaces-including silences that are overwhelmingly loud, silences that have a granite-like strength and weight.
All this hits me like a vibrating temple of metal – a sense of vastness in a small room.
Steely, flexible, streamlined, honed –astonishing technique, serious shapes, a distinct approach…. More please.
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