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Hans Koller Retrospection

by Hans Koller

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john greenwood The vinyl is very well mastered. Sound quality is good. Easy to relax to this and it takes several plays to catch all the subtle nuance that makes this double album so great. don't have specific favorite yet, still letting it marinate.... Favorite track: 317 East 32nd Street.
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    The Albums Retrospection One, Two and Three released as a limited edition 180g treble vinyl in a specially designed full colour gatefold sleeve.

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Solitudes 09:00
Ah Leu Cha 04:48
Automat 06:37
The Gig 06:34
Neden 07:04
Automat 08:29
Ohr Uhr 05:10
Siguriyia 04:32


“Variety and surprise characterise Retrospection … perhaps in that memorable final sequence lie the sequence of Hans Koller’s magic – he solves the perpetual jazz conundrum of making music for the mind and the body. As ‘Retrospection resoundingly confirms, he’s doing it now with an intelligence and vivacity that brings him ever closer to the stature of Russell, Evans, Gibbs, and that long procession of his famous elders.”
– John Fordham

Hans Koller the innovative contemporary pianist and composer, is to release Retrospection – a triple album of recordings, featuring the German NDR Bigband, legendary bassist Steve Swallow, American saxophonist John O’Gallagher and Danish guitarist Jakob Bro, alongside an outstanding line-up of eminent UK jazz musicians.

With influences from Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans to Lennie Tristano and Gil Evans, Retrospection brings together three distinct and fascinating recordings from the last five years of Koller’s broad musical adventures.

The opening Retrospection One presents a 12-piece horn-led ensemble with special guest Steve Swallow, playing three Koller originals plus arrangements of music from Lennie Tristano, Charlie Parker and much-admired drummer Jeff Williams, who also features on the recording.

Koller switches from piano to wurlitzer for Retrospection Two, bringing him together with compelling US alto player John O’Gallagher (who recently left Brooklyn for the blossoming Birmingham jazz scene) and the twin guitars of Jakob Bro and Phil Robson as part of an 11-strong band. Koller’s two-part composition, Half of Life, features for the first of two contrasting airings over the three records, along with distinctive arrangements of Herbie Nichols’ The Gig, and JS Bach’s choral Der Tag Mit Seinem Lichte (The Day With Light) featuring Irish-born vocalist Christine Tobin.

The final and most recent of the three recordings introduces the exceptional German NDR Bigband, which traces its origins back to 1945. The seven Koller originals offer strong echoes of Gil Evans’ influence on his writing, together with the energy and intensity of the NDR.

Recorded in London and Hamburg, featuring extensive liner notes from John Fordham, original artwork and design, the limited edition 180gram triple vinyl is released in the UK on April 15th, following special performances at Birmingham’s CBSO Centre and London’s King’s Place in March. Retrospection is a joint release from Birmingham-based Stoney Lane Records and vinyl specialists Impossible Ark.


released April 15, 2016


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