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Conference Call / Spirals
Album:Spirals Collection:Jazz
Artist:Conference Call Added:Jan 2004
Label:482 Music 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2004-02-09 Pull Date:2004-04-12 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Apr 11Mar 21Mar 7Feb 15

 Recent Airplay
1.Jan 25, 2005:Umami Jazz Program
4.Mar 05, 2004:Memory Select
2.Apr 06, 2004:Umami Jazz Program
No Hazmats
5.Feb 13, 2004:Memory Select
3.Mar 19, 2004:Memory Select
6.Feb 12, 2004:The Umami Challenge

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2004-02-08 
Bebop-derived jazz with lots of free ideas, a live album with extended solos. Combines lush piano, frequently aggressive sax, and some really nice bass solos. Mostly accessible sound that delves into some avant-garde kind of territory (see #2).

The band consists of German sax player Gebhard Ullman with the U.S. team of Joe Fonda (bass) and Michael Jefry Stevens (piano). It's been a good working group for a few years now, albeit with different drummers, and the boost to their intercommunication really shows.

See also "Ullman, Gebhard," where you'll find the first Conference Call CD.

1- Mid/slow with insistent drums... mostly gentle with a burning, choppy sax solo

2- Expansive feeling fast-bop with a slow, exploratory intro. Compare with the studio version (in the library under "Ullmann"), which was more of a straight fast-jazz piece... at one point around -5:00, they play the theme this way.

3- Slow, romantic, '50s-restaurant kind of feel.

4/5 - Protest song! A spoken intro about Cheney/Rumsfeld/Wolfowitz, followed by band members screaming; then fast, choppy music. Segues into 6.

6- Slow and serious. Near-classical feel.

7- Fast with stumbling theme, after quiet start

Track Listing
1.Comeuppance 4.Announcement
2.Dreierlei 5.Three
3.Little Pete's Diner 6.Translucent Tones
 7.No Hazmats