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Klippe
Thomas Heberer's Clarino

Although a broad term, most people associate a specific set of dos and don'ts with jazz, most of them unseparable from the African-American experience. Artists like trumpeter Thomas Heberer--a German living in New York City--challenge those seemingly holy rules by not trying to pretend; he simply is himself: A man raised and educated in Europe. Thomas' music certainly owes something to the jazz canon but instead of being limited and exclusive, his approach is broad and inclusive, a branch of world music. His art is coming from the gut as much as from the brain; it doesn't distinguish between high-brow and low-brow: think Leadbelly, Louis, Ornette, Gesualdo, Bach and Stockhausen, all at the same time. Heberer's trio Clarino with Belgian clarinetist Joachim Badenhorst and French-German bassist Pascal Niggenkemper--both New York colleagues--exclusively plays originals written in Thomas' innovative Cookbooknotation, "a code that brings a fresh and very personal approach to blending improvisation and composition," as the artist explains. "It does so by implementing the idea of instant memory. Shaped according to a specific set of rules, musical units are improvised and memorized on the fly, and later reintroduced into the musical process--sometimes modified, sometimes not." Thomas Heberer is one of the most interesting brassmen today, garnering credit for his excellent and innovative work, both as a trumpeter and a rare practitioner of the quarter-tone trumpet. A longtime member of Misha Mengelberg's Instant Composers Pool, Thomas has collaborated with most everybody in the field in the last 20 years. Some of his more recent employers include: Han Bennink, Karl Berger, Peter Broetzmann and Eugene Chadbourne. The title of this CD, "Klippe" ("cliff" in English) is a metaphor for the music being "on the edge"; it's about respecting and knowing the past while being fearlessly ready to jump off the cliff into unknown territory, enjoying the adrenaline rush along the way. These great musicians, coming from Europe and living in the US, prove that jazz is not only an international affair these days, but that the future of this beautiful art form depends as much on the expats as it does on the "homies."


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