The duo saxophone-drums – a classical formation in jazz –
offers remarkable possibilities. The Berlin musicians Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky and Michael Griener use this situation that offers freedom as well as intimacy to undertake adventurous journeys into a wondrous world of sound and groove.
The drummer Michael Griener represents the current dawn of jazz in Berlin, one of the most thrilling drummers of the younger generation; to be heard on drums already on the recording of the Ulrich Gumpert Quartet released at Intakt. The saxophone and clarinet player Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky is one of the outstanding personalities of the European jazz modernity, saxophonist in the legendary Zentralquartet, member of the Globe Unity Orchestra and the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band.
released January 1, 2009
Ernst Ludwig Petrowsky: Alto Saxophone, Clarinet
Michael Griener: Drums
All compositions by Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky and Michael Griener (GEMA). Recorded July 21, 2005 by Michael Haves. Mixed by Christian Weber, Zürich. Mastered at Klangdach by Willy Strehler. Liner notes: Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, Michael Griener. Cover art and graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Produced and published by Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt
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