Gunter Hampel


Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Intuition
UPC: 0608917132526
Catnr: INTCHR 71325
Release date: 06 October 2017
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€ 19.95
Catalogue number
INTCHR 71325
Release date
06 October 2017

"There is much to admire. This is clearly the music of an explorer, also a committed improviser."

Jazzwise, 05-2-2018

About the album

Music is a timeless force, constantly ebbing and flowing, a steady sea of sound. At once reliable and unpredictable, there are few people who personify the ever changing and evolving nature of music – of Jazz in its freer forms in particular – better than Gunter Hampel. Going on eighty at the time of this live recording from a concert at the Theater Gütersloh on June 17, 2017, he plays bass-clarinet, vibes, flute and saxophone, and contributed all of the compositions here. “It is important to never stop learning, to stay curious”, he says during the interview at the end of this album. “And that’s why the joy never left – and then you get to be so old doing this.”

Born in Göttingen, Germany, Hampel has been living and playing Jazz around the world for more than seven decades, befriending and recording with likeminded masters such as Anthony Braxton, Marion Brown, Steve McCall, Leo Smith, John Tchicai, Archie Shepp, John McLaughlin, as well as Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, or Thelonious Monk. “Jazz music exists in this world, so that things become clear”, he says, and demonstrates this in a diverse and dynamic set that playfully bounces from Bebop to Hip Hop via Orff-ian Folkestry, referencing the sonic concepts of Charlie Parker’s “Billie’s Bounce” as much as Big Sean’s “Bounce Back”.

The concert starts from the back, literally, with Hampel and his “Berlin-New York Quartet” with Johannes Schleiermacher on sax and flute, Bernd Oezsevim on drums, and his daughter Cavana Lee-Hampel on vocals, entering the venue from the rear of the auditorium and making their way to the stage in a Conga line to the aptly titled “Kindred Spirits”. “Musically I prefer that you don’t have to fight for your space, but also listen to the other players”, Hampel notes. “In the end it is the spiritual value that determines whether something stays with the listener or not.” Götz Bühler

Musik ist eine zeitlose Kraft vergleichbar mit Ebbe und Flut, ein stetiges Schallmeer. Gleichzeitig zuverlässig und unvorhersehbar gibt es nur wenige Menschen, die die sich ständig verändernde und sich entwickelnde Natur der Musik - des Jazz in ihren freieren Formen im Besonderen - besser als Gunter Hampel verkörpern. Bei der Live-Aufnahme des Konzertes am Theater Gütersloh am 17. Juni 2017 spielt er Bass-Klarinette, Vibes, Flöte und Saxophon und hat zu allen Kompositionen beigetragen. "Es ist wichtig, niemals aufzuhören zu lernen, neugierig zu bleiben", sagt er während des Interviews am Ende dieses Albums. "Und deshalb verlässt dich die Freude nie - und damit wirst du so alt."
In Göttingen geboren, lebt Hampel den Jazz seit mehr als sieben Jahrzehnten auf der ganzen Welt und ist befreundet mit Verbündeten im Geiste wie Anthony Braxton, Marion Brown, Steve McCall, Leo Smith, John Tchicai, Archie Shepp, John McLaughlin oder Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk. "Jazz-Musik existiert in dieser Welt, gibt den Dingen Klarheit", sagt er und demonstriert dies in einem vielfältigen und dynamischen Satz, der spielerisch von Bebop zu Hip Hop springt und auf die Klangkonzepte von Charlie Parker’s “Billie’s Bounce” verweist.
Das Konzert beginnt mit Hampel und seinem "Berlin-New York Quartett", mit Johannes Schleiermacher an Saxophon und Flöte, Bernd Oezsevim am Schlagzeug und seiner Tochter Cavana Lee-Hampel als Sängerin. Sie treten ‚von hinten‘ in den Schauplatz ein: in einer Conga-Linie durch das Auditorium mit dem treffenden Titel "Kindred Spirits". "Musikalisch bevorzuge ich, dass du nicht um deinen Platz kämpfen musst, aber ebenso den anderen Spielern zuhörst", bemerkt Hampel. "Am Ende ist es der spirituelle Wert, der bestimmt, ob etwas für die Zuhörer bleibt oder nicht." Götz Bühler



There is much to admire. This is clearly the music of an explorer, also a committed improviser.
Jazzwise, 05-2-2018

This is another great episode in the series of European jazz legends, now consisting of 13 volumes
Rootstime, 25-11-2017

GUNTER HAMPEL/Bounce: So, here we have a multi talented, multi instrumentalist that's been rubbing elbows with first rate hellraisers for most of his 80 years and what does he do here? The record is still delightfully off kilter but it sounds like the friendliest record he's made in years (or ever). Sounding sort of like a Dixieland band from Mars having a gas at the Star Wars cantina, Hempel and his hand chosen bunch of pals and relatives show how to color outside the lines and get everyone to follow along with you. You might go into this thinking it's not your cup of tea but the very least you will come away with is a one time, wild experience. Check it out.
Midwestrecord, 16-11-2017

With his free jazz on Bounce, Hampel has retained the freedom of the early years of the genre.
Het Parool, 28-10-2017

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