1029 Interstices


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Interstices features trumpeter Thomas Heberer, pianist Achim Kaufmann, and double-bassist Ken Filiano.

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This disc, which was recorded at Firehouse 12 Studios, features challenging compositions by each musician and five bracingly beautiful improvisations.

According to Clifford Allen’s liner notes, “Regardless of the instrumentation, a band’s communication should result in intrigue, evolution, and a genuine feeling of “play,” and that’s exactly the scenario one hears on Interstices.”

This recording, which was recorded and mixed in the 24 bit domain, features liner notes from journalist Clifford Allen and intriguing graphics from New York-based graphic artist Mike Joyce. The 96/24 download features two bonus tracks, “Cookbook 301” from Thomas Heberer, and a long version of the piece “Otra Cosa Aparte” from Ken Filiano.

Aside from the short sample on this page, you can access a full CD-resolution version of “Spinning Jenny” from the nuscope recordings SoundCloud site.

Trumpeter Thomas Heberer is, according to Time Out New York, a trumpet innovator. As a member of the Instant Composers Pool (ICP), he won the critics’ Talent Deserving Wider Recognition Poll in Down Beat magazine in 2002. Since moving to New York in 2008, he has performed with many American musicians, including Joe Fonda, Lou Grassi, Mark Whitecage, and Ken Filiano.

Pianist Achim Kaufmann studied music at the Conservatory in Cologne and also took classes with creative masters such as George Lewis and Steve Lacy. From 1996 to 2009, he lived in Amsterdam where he became part of that city’s improvised music scene. In 2010, Kaufmann returned to Berlin where he got involved in various projects, such as the trio grünen with Robert Landfermann and Christian Lillinger. In 2015, Kaufmann won the prestigious German Jazz prize – the Albert-Mangelsdorff-Preis.

Double-bassist Ken Filiano has been active since the early ’80s and has contributed to dozens of albums, most of them pertaining to creative jazz – from post-bop to free improvisation. Based in Brooklyn, Filiano keeps strong ties with the West Coast, especially with reedists Steve Adams and Vinny Golia. Among others, he performs regularly with violinist Jason Hwang and trumpet player Taylor Ho Bynum.


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