Alexander von Schlippenbach

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Alexander von Schlippenbach
Alexander von Schlippenbach.jpg
Background information
Born (1938-04-07)7 April 1938
Berlin, Germany
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Piano
Years active 1950s–present
Associated acts Paul Lovens, Evan Parker, Aki Takase
Website www.avschlippenbach.com

Alexander von Schlippenbach (sometimes referred to as Alex von Schlippenbach) (born 7 April 1938 in Berlin) is a German jazz pianist and composer.

Biography[edit]

Schlippenbach started to play piano from the age of 8 and went on to study composition at Cologne under Bernd Alois Zimmermann. While studying he started to play with Manfred Schoof. At the age of 28 he founded the Globe Unity Orchestra. In 1988, he founded the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, a big band that has over the years comprised, among others, Willem Breuker, Paul Lovens, Misha Mengelberg, Evan Parker, Schlippenbach's wife[1] Aki Takase and Kenny Wheeler.[2][3]

In 1994 he was awarded the Albert Mangelsdorff prize.

Schlippenbach has produced various recordings and worked for German radio channels. He played with many players of the European free jazz community. In 2005 he recorded the complete works of Thelonious Monk, which were released on CD as Monk's Casino.

Gallery[edit]

Photos: Hreinn Gudlaugsson

Discography[edit]

Solo:

  • 1972 Payan (Enja) 2012
  • 1977 Piano solo (FMP) 0430
  • 2005 Twelve tone tales: Vol. 1 (Intakt) CD 115
  • 2005 Twelve tone tales: Vol. 2 (Intakt) CD 116
  • 2012 Schlippenbach plays Monk (Intakt) CD 207

Alexander Von Schlippenbach Trio:

  • 1972 First Recordings (Trost)
  • 1972 Pakistani Pomade (FMP) 110
  • 1972 For example (FMP) R123
  • 1974/75 Three Nails Left, (FMP) 0210 Quartet with Peter Kowald
  • 1975 Hunting the Snake UMS/ALP213CD Quartet with Peter Kowald
  • 1977 The Hidden Peak (FMP) 0410 Quartet with Peter Kowald
  • 1981 Detto fra di noi (Po Torch) PTR/JWD 10&11
  • 1981 Das hohe lied (Po Torch) PTR/JWD 16&17 Quartet with Alan Silva
  • 1982 Anticlockwise (FMP) 1020 Quartet with Alan Silva
  • 1990 Elf bagatellen (FMP) CD 27
  • 1991 Physics (FMP) CD 50
  • 1998 Complete Combustion (FMP) CD 106
  • 1998 Swinging the Bim (FMP) CD 114/15
  • 1999 2x3=5 (Leo) CD LR 305 Parker/Guy/Lytton + Schlippenbach Trio
  • 2002 Compression Live at Total Music Meeting 2002 a/l/l 011
  • 2003 America 2003 (Psi) 04.06/7. Parker/Schlippenbach/Lytton
  • 2005 Winterreise osi 06.10 Parker/Schlippenbach/Lovens

Globe Unity Orchestra:

  • 1966 Globe Unity (SABA) 15 109 ST Issued under Schlippenbach's name
  • 1967/70 Globe Unity 67 & 70, Atavistic/Unheard Music Series
  • 1973 Live in Wuppertal (FMP) 0160
  • 1974 Hamburg '74, (FMP) 0650/Atavistic Unheard Music Series UMS/ALP248CD
  • 1974 Der alte mann bricht … sein schweigen (FMP) S4 (single)
  • 1975 Rumbling (FMP) CD 40
  • 1975 Bavarian calypso/Good bye (FMP) S6 (single)
  • 1975/1976 Jahrmarkt/Local Fair (Po Torch) PTR/JWD 2
  • 1977 Improvisations (JAPO) 60021
  • 1977 Pearls (FMP) 0380
  • 1979 Compositions (JAPO) 60027
  • 1982 Intergalactic Blow (JAPO) 60039
  • 1986 20th anniversary (FMP) CD45
  • 2002 Globe Unity 2002 (Intakt) CD 086

Schlippenbach/Johansson:

  • 1976 Schlippenbach & Johansson live at the Quartier Latin (FMP) 0310
  • 1977 Kung Bore (FMP)0520
  • 1979 Drive (FMP) 0810
  • 1979 Idylle und katastrophen (Po Torch) PTR/JWD (Sextet)
  • 1982 Kalfactor A. Falke (FMP) 0970
  • 1984 Night and Day (FMP) S13 (Schlippenbach/Johansson/Carl/Oliver)
  • 1984 Blind aber hungrig – norddeutsche gesänge (FMP) S15
  • 1986 … über Ursache und Wirkung der Meinungsverschiedenheiten beim Turmbau zu Babel (FMP) S20/21 (Septet)
  • 1992 Night and Day plays them all Edition Artelier Graz 6-CD set
  • 1994 Smack up Again (Two Nineteen) 2-19-002

Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra:

  • 1989 Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (ECM) 1409
  • 1993 The Morlocks (FMP) CD 61
  • 1996 Live in Japan '96 (DIW) -922

Other groups:

  • 1966 Heartplants (SABA) 15 026. The Gunter Hampel group
  • 1966 Voices (CBS) 62621. Manfred Schoof group
  • 1966/67 The Early Quintet (FMP) 0540. Manfred Schoof
  • 1967 Manfred Schoof Sextett (WERGO) WER 80003
  • 1969 The living music (FMP) 0100/UMS/ALP231CD
  • 1969 European echoes (FMP) 0010/UMS/ALP232CD. Manfred Schoof
  • 1973 Radio Recordings Hessischer Rundfunk (ECM) with Peter Kowald Theo Jörgensmann
  • 1980 Jelly roll (FMP) SAJ-31. Seven pieces by Jelly Roll Morton
  • 1981 Alarm (FMP) 1030. Peter Brötzmann group
  • 1982 Rondo brillante (FMP) 1040. Piano duets with Martin Theurer
  • 1984 Stranger than love (Po Torch) PTR/JWD 12. duet with Paul Lovens
  • 1989 Smoke (FMP) CD23. Duo with Sunny Murray
  • 1990 Trend (Splasc(h)) CD H 309.2 Mario Schiano
  • 1993/1994 Piano duets: live in Berlin 93/94 (FMP) OWN-90002. Aki Takase
  • 1995 Backgrounds for improvisers (FMP) CD 75. Improvisors Pool
  • 1997 Tangens (FMP) CD 99. Duo with Sam Rivers
  • 1997 Digger's harvest (FMP) CD 103. Duo with Tony Oxley
  • 1997 Legendary: the 27th of May 1997 (Birth) 045 Gunter Hampel Quintet
  • 2002 Broomriding (Psi) 03.05. Schlippenbach/Mahall/Honsinger/Lovens
  • 2003 Open speech (Forward).rec 03. Duo with Carlos Bechegas
  • 2003 The Bishop's move (Victo) cd 093. Evan Parker & Peter Brötzmann
  • 2003/2004 Monk's Casino (Intakt) CD 100
  • 2004 Lok 03 (Leo) LR 427. Aki Takase/Alexander Von Schlippenbach/DJ Illvibe
  • 2014 So Long Eric!: Homage to Eric Dolphy (Intakt) CD 239. Aki Takase/Alexander Von Schlippenbach

With Evan Parker

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexander von Schlippenbach discography, forum, and marketplace at Discogs
  2. ^ Layne, Joslyn: Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra at AllMusic
  3. ^ Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra at the European Free Improvisation Pages

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