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Arnal & Eichmann

the temperature dropped again
1. swing dribble – pointing north / 2. pendulum/ 3. bermuda triangle boat trip / 4. half pint / 5. radio set
four french apparitions 6. l’appat / 7. la méduse / 8. l’écureuil ivrogne / 9. le désir froid
for Benno Trautmann 10. ...durch offene Grenzen

Dietrich Eichmann – piano, Jeff Arnal – drums, percussion
recorded at Hans-Rosbaud-Studio, Baden-Baden, on December 6, 2002
Leo Records 2004

total duration: 62:33

from the booklet:
There is a new generation of musicians with a bright look into the future who try out everything to create a new music and two of these new inventors are percussionist Jeff Arnal from New York City and pianist and composer Dietrich Eichmann from Old Berlin.

Jeff Arnal contributes a unique approach towards sculpting the form, focus, intensity and dynamic qualities of the music. The broad spectre of his capacity as an improviser may be underlined by the fact that he frequently shares the stage in a duet setting with one of the most spontaneous saxophonists of our time, Charles Gayle.

A musician who seeks the challenge to play with Charles Gayle on the one hand and Dietrich Eichmann on the other must be a very special character. I hope to meet Jeff Arnal someday somwhere – the sooner the better!
In the eighties Dietrich Eichmann understood himself as a pure free improviser, as much as that is possible, of course, before he turned into a composer. Today he includes ideas he originally developed for his compositions in his playing which is freely improvised, but out of a different conciousness. He told me that he could not improvise the way he does today if he had not concentrated on compositional structures all the time before.

Somehow Dietrich Eichmann works the opposite way of Portuguese flutist Carlos Bechegas who would choose the better parts of his free improvisations to ‘compose’ concerts and recordings while Dietrich has his compositional skills at hand while freely improvising. About both situations we could speak as forms of constructed improvisation.
Im May 2002 Dietrich performed with The Straight Trio at the Improvised and Otherwise Festival of Sound and Form in Brooklyn, NY. Jeff is co-artistic director of this annual festival of experimental music, dance and multi-media work. During this visit the duet had their first musical meeting. At their second meeting in December of the same year they recorded at Hans-Rosbaud-Studio in Baden-Baden, Germany. Their wonderful music is entirely improvised although determined by the compositional ideas of both musicians.
One day Dietrich told me the following: ‘John, you’re almost seventy and it’s highest time you get serious’, and I replied, ‘You’re right, Dietrich, let’s produce a CD together’. Of course, there is another reason, too: Jeff and Dietrich have a lot to offer and it’s right here for you! - John ‘Sugar Daddy’ Rottiers

Eichmann and Arnal cover a great deal of territory. Their intimacy with their instruments allows them to bring forth an array of fresh, unpredictable sounds; the music is alternately dissonant, meditative, industrial, lilting, explosive, and stark.

In the first suite, “Pendulum” is a particularly lovely piece, simultaneously lyrical and free, and “Half Pint” works boldly with silence.The highlight is “Four French Apparitions”; the four songs shimmer with delicacy and beauty as Eichmann’s rapidly cascading high notes create an otherworldy sparkle of sound.

They hold to no particular limitations or rules as they work the edge between music and sound; both are interested in dynamics and the use of space as well as the orchestral sides of their instruments. A playful element is at work as well; clearly they enjoy the process. - Florence Wetzel, All About Jazz, New York, June 2004
This piano and percussion duo offers a solid and imaginative hour of improvisation.
Dietrich Eichmann’s ideas of pacing, dynamic, and cadence inform the proceedings here, fully articulating the form while playing completely spontaneously.

Likewise, Jeff Arnal, always walks the tightrope, playing instinctively and with great surprise in knotty dynamic situations. He understands the implicit directive that the music gives to play around his collaborator as much as through him.

As the pieces unfold, there are wonderful surprises, disconcerting moments, and, of course, eternal movement through the terrain of jazz, classical, and other musics that serve as touchstones for their joint creations. - Thom Jurek, All Music Guide
Cat.# :: Composer(s)
:: Enzo Minarelli
:: Aliona Yurtsevich
:: Yiorgis Sakellariou
:: Kasper T. Toeplitz
:: Tom Hamilton
:: David First
:: Tomomi Adachi / Jaap Blonk / Owen F. Smith / Duane Ingalls
:: Marta Sainz &
If, Bwana
21081 :: Aliona Yurtsevich
:: If, Bwana
:: Ulrich Krieger
:: Triple Point
:: Robin Hayward
:: Ron Nagorcka
:: Secluded Bronte
:: David Rosenboom
:: Peter Batchelor
21072 :: Alvin Lucier
21071 :: Lou Cohen
21070 :: Brian Chase
21069 :: Jerry Hunt
21068 :: If, Bwana
21067 :: Jorge Antunes
21066 :: Enzo Minarelli
21065 :: Tensions At The Vanguard
21064 :: Frances White
21063 :: Noah Creshevsky
21062 :: If,Bwana/Trio Scordatura
21061 :: Nate Wooley
21060 :: Leo Kupper
21059 :: Pauline Oliveros/ Francisco López/Doug Van Nort/Jonas Braasch
21058 :: Philip Corner
21057 :: Alvin Lucier
21056 :: Dimitri Voudouris
21055 :: Birds + Machines
21054 :: Kiva
21053 :: César Bolaños
21052 :: Lionel Marchetti & Olivier Capparos
21051 :: Tom Hamilton/
Bruce Eisenbeil
21050 :: Source Records 1-6
21049 :: Noah Creshevsky/ If,Bwana
21048 :: Simon Wickham-Smith
21047 :: Kenneth Gaburo
21046 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21045 :: Annea Lockwood
21044 :: Felix Werder
21043 :: Dimitri Voudouris
21042 :: Nick Didkovsky
21041 :: Montreal Sound Matter
21040 :: Anla Courtis
21039 :: Crawling with Tarts
21038 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21037 :: Hans Otte
21036 :: DIY Canons
21035 :: Band/Myers
21034 :: Chris Brown
21033 :: Tom Johnson
21032 :: Roger Reynolds
21031 :: Trios - Collaboration
21030 :: Beth Anderson
21029 :: Hamilton, Silverton, Margolis
21028 :: Warren Burt
21027 :: Jorge Antunes
21026 :: David Dunn
21025 :: Roger Reynolds
21024 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21023 :: Pauline Oliveros
21022 :: David Rosenboom
21021 :: Ross Bolleter
21020 :: Kenneth Gaburo
21019 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21018 :: Leo Kupper
21017 :: Robert Rutman
21016 :: Matthew Ostrowski
21015 :: various
21014 :: Rune Linblad
21013 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21012 :: Pauline Oliveros
21011 :: Rune Linblad
21010 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21009 :: Leo Kupper
21008 :: various
21007 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21006 :: Trigger
21005 :: Big City Orchestra
IB :: If,Bwana
FPM :: Frog Peak Music
CUE :: C.U.E. Records
SOP :: Sound of Pig Cassettes
ANTS :: Ants (Italian Label)
ANIMUL :: Ned Rothenberg
HOMLER :: Anna Homler
OAKSMUS :: oaksmus (German Label)
GD STEREO :: Geoff Dugan
ANOMALOUS :: Anomalous Records
NONSEQUITUR :: Nonsequitur
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