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December 1998

Manfred Schulze
Blaserquintett Viertens: Nummer 12
FMP/Free Music Production

Composer/baritone saxophonist Manfred Schulze's career has been shaped by his decades-long relative isolation in East Germany. Accordingly, he is a maverick whose music has few discernible antecedents. Viertens: Nummer 12 documents his mid-'80s work with his Blaserquintett (Manfred Hering, Dietmar Diesner and Heiner Reinhardt, reeds; Johannes Bauer, trombone), which integrates incisive notated passages and intriguing improvisational strategies; imagine ROVA with George Lewis sitting in, and you're in the ballpark. Given Schulze's striking concepts and the bristling interplay within his quintet, an update is in order.

Originally published in December 1998
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