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Axel Dörner/Fred Lonberg-Holm/Michael Zerang: Claque

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It’s not unusual for free-improvisation sessions to feature extended experiments with pure sound, but rarely is such a task approached with the sort of delightful playfulness that distinguishes Claque, a dynamic meeting between Germany’s Axel Dorner and Chicago’s Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang. Dorner is one of the most exciting and broad-minded trumpet players in the world right now; he can find new harmonic twists in Thelonious Monk tunes just as naturally and masterfully as he can blow striated columns of painterly hiss. On Claque he plays with abstract sound so boldly and inventively he could make Bill Dixon blush.

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