is a living legend. He has been sited as the precursor who opened
up the way for such players as Don Byron. Perry Robinson's musical
direction may be clearer when you know that for more than thirty
years he has been sharing the stage with the likes of Archie Shepp,
Dave Brubeck, and Charlie Haden.
musical world is filled with unusual arrangements and rare compositions
combined with a lot of blues and swing. The quartet - with Ed Schuller
on bass and Ernst Bier on drums - has existed since 1984. Pianist
and singer Christoph Adams, who took over Simon Nabatov's seat,
has been with the band since 1998.
Photo: Mehmet Dedeoglu
Robert Palmer of the New York Times called Perry Robinson the most
gifted clarinetist in modern jazz. Between 1967 and 1984 he was
selected eight times by the Downbeat International Critics Poll
as clarinetist most deserving wider recognition. He has recorded
some forty albums in a musical career that had already begun at
an early age at home. His father Earl Robinson was a famous composer
of film music, operas, and popular music (Joe Hill, The House I
Live In, Ballad for Americans).Up until 1959 Perry shifted between
clarinet and saxophone, playing mostly folk music during this time.
He received a scholarship to study at the Lennox School of Jazz
and began concentrating solely on clarinet.
Photo: Mehmet Dedeoglu
studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Shortly before
he was sent to Panama by the US Army to play in the 79th Army Band
in 1962, Robinson recorded his first album under his own name. Pianist
Kenny Barron, bassist Henry Grimes, and drummer Paul Motian accompanied
Perry on Funk Dumpling, which was recorded on the Savoy label. After
it's longtime status as a much-sought -after collector's piece,
it was re-issued on in 1987 on the Muse label.
As Perry was
released from the Army, the Free Jazz revolution was in full swing.
He moved back to New York, where he quickly became a fixture in
the New York New Wave scene, and there followed years of intensive
activity. Perry recorded with Archie Shepp on his album Mama Too
Tight on the Impulse label, and with the great bassist Henry Grimes'
trio on the album The Call for the legendary ESP label. He worked
with Dave Brubeck from 1971-1974, worked and recorded with Gunther
Hampel's Galaxie Dream Band, Charlie Haden's Liberation Orchestra,
Ray Anderson, Carla Bley and Michael Mantler, and was a featured
soloist on Bley's classic Escalator Over the Hill recording.
toured Europe countless times and is also one of the most sought-after
clarinetists on the European scene. In 1984, he formed the Perry
Robinson Quartet; the group included drummer Ernst Bier, bassist
Ed Schuller, and pianist Simon Nabatov. Over the next few years
they toured the USA, the Caribbean, and worked the New York jazz
club circuit, playing in such major clubs as the Blue Note and Fat
Tuesdays. The quartet made their first European tour in 1987, and
in 1989, after some 27 years, Perry recorded the second album under
his own name. Nightmare Island was a live digital recording of the
band's performance at the 1988 Leverkusen Jazz Festival. Call to
the Stars (Westwind/ITM) was recorded in the summer of 1990, and
Angelology (Timescraper) was brought out in 1996.Pianist Christoph
Adams joined the band in 1998.
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Christoph Adams - piano
Ed Schuller - bass
Ernst Bier - drums
Ed Schuller - bass
Ernst Bier - drums
Adams - piano
From 1986 to 1995 Christoph studied jazz piano with Jiggs Whigham
and John Taylor at the University of Cologne's School of Music.
He graduated with honors. Christoph has toured Europe, West Africa,
Russia, USA, and Cuba with Woody Shaw, John Taylor, Lew Soloff,
Lonnie Plaxoco, and others. Besides his work as pianist, he is a
composer, arranger, and singer. Since 1990 Adams has led a piano
trio which concentrates on his own compositions. The trio has made
radio productions for Germany's WDR, NDR, and SR radio stations.
His CD Christoph Adams Trio (New Morning Records), with Ed Schuller
and Ernst Bier, came out in 1997. Adams has performed as solo pianist
Ed Schuller studied music theory, clarinet, and bass with David
Levenson of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra from 1970-2. From 1972-74
he studied with Larry Wolf of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He
graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a major
in African-American music. Schuller has worked with Paul Motian,
Tim Berne, Eric Watson, Armen Donelian, Marty Cook, Jim Pepper,
Mal Waldron, Pat Martino, Barry Miles, Jaki Byard, Lee Konitz, Sal
Nistico, Clark Terry, Kenny Clark, Red Rodney, Julius Hemphil, and
Karl Berger. He currently works and records with Joe Lovano. Schuller
has played on more than 30 LP and CD recordings, including albums
with Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, Jim Pepper, John Scofield, Billy
Hart, Simon Nabatov, Herb Robertson, and Marty Cook. His recordings
as bandleader include The Eleventh Hour, Mu Point, The Force, Snake
Dancing (TUTU), and To Know Where One Is (Power Bros).
Ernst Bier studied at the Swiss Jazz School with Billy Brooks from
1974-1976, with Charlie Persip and Vernell Fournier in 1982 in New
York, and with Elvin Jones in 1984 in Florida. From 1977-81 he taught
drums and improvised music at the Universities of Göttingen and
Kassel. From 1976-82 appearances, productions, and recordings with
Allan Praskin, Jack Gregg, Chet Baker, Mal Waldron, Attila Zoller,
Lou Blackburn, Herb Geller, Paolo Radoni, and Don Friedman, etc.
Bier moved to New York in 1982, where he appeared and was involved
in productions with Ted Curson, Junior Cook, Joe Lovano, Ron McClure,
Ricky Ford, Reggie Workman, Ray Anderson, Lester Bowie, etc. After
his stint in New York, Ernst moved back to Germany in1987. Since
his return he has been involved with tours, productions, and recordings
with Mack Goldsbury, Charles McPherson, Ron McClure, Jim Snidero,
Conny Bauer, John Schröder, Herb Robertson, Walter Norris, Karl
Berger, Billy Bang, The Sweet Georgia Brown Tap Dance Show, Frank
Möbus, Dave Pike, etc.
What the press has to
flows through the clarinet ..the musicians achieve an extremely
transparent group sound which at times boarders on chamber music.
Drummer Ernst Bier's discreet playing is effective. The poetic pianist
and sometime-singer Christoph Adams gives the music room in which
virtuoso bassist Ed Schuller can continually move. Perry Robinson's
clarinet playing lends the music a completely original character.
After listening to such a beautiful concert one wonders why the
clarinet meets out such a shadowy existence in modern jazz?
experience for gourmets - perfect interaction ...the quartet
moved freely in and out of styles, never allowing themselves to
be confined by any ideological straightjacket. Open-ended atonality
mingled in between blues and bebop. Schuller sometimes would bow
the bass in a "classical" style - through his duo interplay with
the clarinet or piano he would come up with surprising and original
sound-effects. This concert was a mixture of knowledgeable interaction
and high-level intuition, of intelligence and feeling. Experiencing
the fervent earthiness of their masterful improvisations was a pure
listening pleasure. There were no low points, no let-downs; the
concert was simply a delight of a very special and unusual sort.