Gebhard Ullmann (tenor sax, bass clarinet) Steve Swell (trombone) Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello, electronics) Michael Zerang (drums, percussion)
The Chicago Plan (Clean Feed 2017)
Celebrating over ten years of collaborating together, Berlin saxophonist/composer, Gebhard Ullmann and NYC trombonist/composer Steve Swell join two of Chicago’s finest improvising musicians; Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello/electronics and percussionist Michael Zerang for this new configuration. Building on the strength and ideals of those three cities the quartet creates enough fireworks to light up the night sky with their brilliant sound imagery. Ullmann/Swell’s Chicago Plan thoroughly breaks new ground for what Jazz and New Music ensembles’ approach to what creative music should be.
'Ullmann and Swell have developed a challenging rapport over the years. Their moments of collective improvisation -- whether in rhythmic counterpoint or unison fly overs – would strain even the most practiced chops. That they do it for fun is our delight.
(Lazaro Vega Jazz Director, Blue Lake Public Radio)