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Now Hear This: Sabir Mateen, Christopher Dell, Christian Ramond, Klaus Kugel | Creation

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Creation presents one 47-minute, fully improvised 2012 live performance from Berlin, featuring three Germans and one New Yorker.

The Germans are drummer Klaus Kugel, bassist Christian Ramond, and vibraphonist Christopher Dell. Kugel and Ramond have been frequent bandmates since the late ’80s. A beat is optional in this sort of free jazz, but momentum is a requirement, ands Kugel and Ramond, thinking in tandem, are expert at supplying it. Dell provides such color and contrast here, both in his solos and his backgrounds, that he’ll soon be among your very favorite vibists. The wild card is the sub-underground shock tenorist Sabir Mateen, who continues to be a mystery man in whatever scene he finds himself. Prepare to be blown away by him — as close as possible to literally.”