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The Opener 08:22
A New One 05:31
Süssholz 03:33
Iffie 04:09
Number Nine 07:13
Ja?! 04:44
Scrollin’ 06:29


Intakt CD 257

Welcome to Ulrich Gumpert’s world – a world of hidden beauties, small treasures and bizarre inventions. What makes this world go round and holds it together is a rhythmical drive, interrupted every now and again by short pausing, briefly melting into tonal or noise-like sound, then rolling on as if it was never to stop ...

In 2005 Gumpert formed a quartet with Berlin based Ben Abarbanel-Wolff (born in Washington). After recording one album together (Intakt CD 127) they slowly went separate ways. Bassist Jan Roder and drummer Michael Griener stayed on, a quartet with Ken Vandermark came together – their agendas would not match. With Jürg Wickihalder it was to succeed. A New One.

Berg Noglik writes in the liner notes: „Gumpert’s quartet. The floating elegance of Steve Lacy, the brilliant perplexing logic of Monk, the earthiness and depth of Mingus, the liberties of Ornette, the sublimity and anthemic quality of Coltrane – all of it adds in here. And it is lifted, in the best sense of the word. They make progress in bringing the swing back to free jazz.“



released September 15, 2015

Ulrich Gumpert: Piano
Jürg Wickihalder: Saxophone
Jan Roder: Bass
Michael Griener: Drums

Recorded September 27, 28, 2014, at Hard Studios Winterthur, Switzerland, by Martin Pearson for Radio SRF and Intakt Records. Mixed by Marco Birkner, Michael Griener and Jan Roder, Berlin. Mastered by Martin Pearson and Jürg Wickihalder, Zürich. Liner notes: Bert Noglik. Photo: Doris Hüsler. Cover art: Mona Höke. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Produced and published by Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt


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