Ornette Coleman Anthology

Aki Takase – piano
Silke Eberhard – altosax, clarinet

The music of Ornette Coleman is so bound up in his own performances that far fewer musicians have tackled those indelible compositions. Yet on the ambitious Ornette Coleman Anthology, pianist Aki Takase and reedist Silke Eberhard delve into 33 of Coleman’s tunes. While Coleman’s sometimes buoyant, sometimes beautifully somber melodies shine through, the duo worked hard at recasting many of these pieces. Their essence remains, but rather than emulating the original free-boppish settings, they formulated novel new arrangements, whether it’s the tango tinge they give to “Angel Voice,” the slow-motion stride groove Takase brings to “Face Of The Bass,” or the way they just rip apart the components of a piece like “Change Of The Century.”
Because Coleman worked without a piano when he recorded these tunes for Atlantic, Takase creates something new out of necessity. Her interaction with Eberhard reflects the crucial spontaneous interplay at the heart of Coleman’s singular performances, the facet that made the music revolutionary.
Peter Margasak, Downbeat, USA, Dezember 2007

“O. C. A ” Fruehe Kompositionen (1958-1968)
..Aki Takase, die Grande Dame des in der Tradition fundierten und der Freiheit aufgeschlossenen Jazzpianos, trifft sich mit Silke Eberhard, der juengeren, inzwischen mit eigenen Bands profilierten Saxophonistin. Sie spielen die frruehen Ornette-Coleman-Stuecke. Und bald wird klar: diese machen suechtig. Sie sind nicht nur Ohrwuermer.
Sie erweisen sich nur vordergruendig betrachtet als simpel und vermoegen zu hoechster Komplexitaet anzustiften. Sie sind Provokation. Anstiftung zur totalen, gestalteten Freiheit. (Linernotes Bert Noglik)

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  1. This is a very good creative. interesting disc. As all serious musicians know, the music of Ornette Coleman always sorts the men out from the boys and now two female instrumentalists have taken on 30 years of his song book from 1959 up to the 1980s. The interpretations are broad and open up the originals without copying any of the originals. Aki Takase is a piano eclectic and plays in many styles to from early blues, boogie, stride to the most abstract. Eberhard has a nice varied approach between two horns. They open up all possibilities in the material rhythmic, melodic, textural, timbral and harmonic. This is a fine creative homage and extension of the master, Ornette his music always lives.

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