Olaf Rupp
electric guitar

Paul Rogers
double bass

Frank Paul Schubert
soprano saxophone

new CD:
Relative Pitch Records, New York

Release date: September 2018

"the enthusiasm of their interaction carry the day, making for a profoundly masterful and embraceable album."

"There is quite a bit of quiet, restrained improv which sounds wonderful since it so carefully well executed, tight, thoughtful, organic. There are also some intense, explosive moments, when the sh*t hits the fan, but these are interspersed within a strong connected body of work which flows just right."
Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

Schon wieder ein Trio ohne Schlagzeug. Olaf Rupp hat ja schon einiges mit Schlagzeugern aller unterschiedlichster Provenienz angestellt, von Burkhard Beins bis Michael Wertmüller. Aber genauso, wie bei seinem Duo mit der Cellistin Ulrike Brand, wie auch dem Trio mit Jan Roder und Rudi Mahall, so fällt auch hier auf, dass gerade die rauhen, verzerrten Klänge der E Gitarre sich ganz anders in den Gesamtklang integrieren, wenn da eben kein Trommler dahinter ist, der das ganze allzu schnell in bekannte assoziative Bahnen treibt. Paul Rogers kennen viele wohl am besten von seiner Zeit beim Keith Tippets Quartett MUJICIAN. Sein speziell entwickelter Kontrabass mit 7 Saiten ermöglicht ihm gerade in diesem Trio sich extrem frei zwischen einer weiten Spanne von Registern von den tiefen Growls der E-Gitarre bis hin zum hohen Glänzen des Sopransaxofons zu bewegen. Frank Paul Schubert hat mit seinen Ensembles schon einige Erfahrung mit E-Gitarren (Andreas Willers bei GRID MESH) und auch mit dem Siebensaiter von Paul Rogers (bei ROPE). Er versteht es hervorragend, sich sehr vital in dem Spannungsfeld zwischen klanglicher Verfremdung und tonbezogenen Linien zu bewegen. Die Musik dieses Trios lebt von dem Vertrauen und dem Vergnügen, sich immer wieder neu in das Kommen und Gehen musikalischer Kleinszenarien einzulassen.

So here is another trio without a drummer. Olaf Rupp has quite a history of collaborations with drummers of many distinctive characteristics, from Burkhard Beins to Michael Wertmüller. But just like in his duo with cello player Ulrike Brand and his trio with Jan Roder and Rudi Mahall it is obvious that especially the rough and saturated Sounds from the electric guitar go together very well with the overall spectrum when there is not a drummer who pushes the whole thing all too quickly in the usual associative directions. Paul Rogers is well known from his time in Keith Tippett’s quartet MUJICIAN. His custom-made seven string bass allows him to move extremely freely inside the wide field of registers in this trio ranging from the electric guitars deep growls way up to the high sparkle of the soprano saxophone. Frank Paul Schubert has already a lot of experience with electric guitars from his group GRID MESH with Andreas Willers as well as with Paul Roger’s 7-string-bass in his quartet ROPE. He knows impressively well how to move vigorously in the terrain between extended techniques of sound manipulation and more tone-related lines. The music of this trio draws its vital energy from the joy and confidence that lies in diving over and over again in the coming and going of a never-ending stream of ephemeral musical scenarios.

Der Saxophonist Frank Paul Schubert (*1965) begann autodidaktisch, studierte dann klassisches Saxophon bei Lajos Dudas und später an der Musikhochschule Aachen bei Hugo Read. Schubert lebt seit 1999 in Berlin. Er arbeitet(e) regelmäßig mit Willi Kellers, Andreas Willers, Johannes Bauer, Matthias Müller, John Edwards, Mark Sanders, Paul Dunmall und Alexander von Schlippenbach. Festivalauftritte: Nickelsdorf Konfrontationen, Ulrichsberg Kaleidophon, Sibiu Jazz&More, Madrid Hurta Cordel, Lisbon Jazz im Goethe Garten, Wiesbaden Just Music, Hamburg ElbJazz, JAZZDOR (Jazz d'Or) Offenburg, Greiz JazzWerk#9, Nordhäuser Jazzfest, Stuttgart Saxophonfestival. Zahlreiche Tonträger auf international vertriebenen Labels.

Der Bassist Paul Rogers (*1956) zog 1974 nach London und spielte dort mit den Protagonisten der Englischen Free-Jazz-Szene, wie Mike Osborne, Elton Dean, Keith Tippettt, Evan Parker; John Stevens, Alan Skidmore etc. Er lebte ab 1987 für anderhalb Jahre in New York und arbeitete dort mit Tim Berne, Don Byron, Gerry Hemingway, Tom Cora u.a. Seit 1988 war er Mitglied des Quartettes MUJICIAN mit Keith Tippett, Paul Dunmall und Tony Levin, mit dem er weltweit tourte und zahlreiche Tonträger einspielte. Gemeinsam mit Paul Dunmall und Mark Sanders bildet er das Deep Whole Trio. Er spielt einen eigens für ihn angefertigten 7-saitigen Kontrabass mit 10 weiteren Resonanzsaiten, auf dem er auch Solo-Konzerte gibt. Paul Rogers lebt in Le Mans, Frankreich.

Olaf Rupp (*1963) spielt Improvisierte Musik auf der Konzertgitarre und der E-Gitarre. Seine organisch fließenden Themenentwicklungen entstehen weder durch Zufall noch durch dominante Willensentscheidung. Er beschäftigt sich in seiner Musik viel mit der geräuschhaften Klangfarbenwirkung mehr oder weniger stark verdichteter Bewegungscluster (Ton Murmurationen). Dabei ist jede einzelne Note ein charakteristischer Farbpunkt in einer Klangmatrix und diese "Tonfarbe“ ist wichtiger, als die Position dieser Note in üblichen Ordnungssystemen. Eine Reihe von Tönen erzeugt also keine Melodie, sondern einen bewegten Klang. Und die eigene Farbe jeder Note ist dabei wichtiger, als der melodische oder harmonische Überbau, mit dem man sie zu beladen geneigt ist.


A unique merging of free improvisation and chamber jazz, the trio of UK bassist Paul Rogers with German guitarist Olaf Rupp and soprano saxophonist Frank Paul Schubert use stunning technique in sensible ways as they present three extended works, energetic yet never frenetic, stretching their concepts through tight and enthralling dialog, a great achievement. In particular, Rogers' bowing work, especially in the high register, provides intense counterpoint to the Schubert's playing, from pointillistic to squealing and scattering runs. Rupp alternates from chordal work to rapid fire clusters that are never overbearing. The trio are a cauldron of sound that never boils over, constant in spirited playing that meshes so well that it creates a texture a listener can play repeatedly without catching all of the detail. There are introspective moments and great dynamic, but overall the enthusiasm of their interaction carry the day, making for a profoundly masterful and embraceable album.

"Featuring Frank Paul Schubert on soprano sax, Olaf Rupp on guitar and Paul Rogers on seven string double bass. It has been a while since we’ve heard anything from UK contrabassist Paul Rogers (2 years), who lives in South France and has worked at length with Paul Dunmall and Keith Tippett in Mujician. Berlin-based guitarist Olaf Rupp has been around for a couple of decades and has more than a dozen discs of solos, duos and trios on labels: FMP, Grob and JazzWerkStatt. German saxist, Frank Paul Schubert, has also remained below the radar but has worked with Alex Von Schlippenbach, Paul Dunmall and Willi Kellers.
This disc was recorded in a studio in Berlin in July of 2017. The sound on this disc is extremely warm, clean and well produced. Paul Rogers, who has a custom-made 7-string bass & bow, has an extraordinary, completely distinctive sound. Although Mr. Rogers and Mr. Rupp have never recorded together (as far as I know), they work extremely well together, coaxing similar sounds on their respective stringed instruments. When the tempo becomes a flurry, it is difficult to tell them apart. Mr. Schubert also seems like a perfect partner, his soprano weaving in and out, while the strings dazzle us with their frenzied interaction. There is quite a bit of quiet, restrained improv which sounds wonderful since it so carefully well executed, tight, thoughtful, organic. There are also some intense, explosive moments, when the sh*t hits the fan, but these are interspersed within a strong connected body of work which flows just right. At nearly 70 minutes long, this is quite a bit to digest but I must admit that I was consistently mesmerized throughout its entire length. Considering how much great music has already been released on the Relative Pitch label, this disc remains near the top of the heap so dig in now!"
Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

“Three Stories about Rain, Sunlight & The Hidden Soil” is another one new release of “Relative Pitch Records” – it will be released on 28, September. The album was recorded by Paul Rogers (double bass), Olaf Rupp (electric guitar, compositions) and Frank Paul Schubert (tenor saxophone). The music by these three great jazz masters is based on synthesis between the basics of avant-garde jazz, experimental music and free improvisations. Their music usually has suggestive and remarkable sound. All kinds of rhythms, sounds, expressions and timbres are used here to create exceptional and original sound. Each musician has rich, engaging, evocative and original musical language, specific and effective playing manner, talent to improvise with passion, expression and vitality. They always like to make brave, noisy, extravagant and strange musical decisions – their music is out of the bord of traditional sound of avant-garde jazz. It’s somewhere between academic avant-garde and free improvisation, which is based on the main tendencies of contemporary avant-garde and experimental jazz. Independent and individual melodies, different rhythmic elements and colorful chords are masterfully fused together and make remarkable and extraordinary sound. “Three Stories about Rain, Sunlight & The Hidden Soil” is filled with original and unique sound, bright, expressive and evocative episodes and has a rich musical language. The music is based on synthesis of main elements of avant-garde jazz, experimental music, free improvisations and academic avant-garde. Musicians masterfully fuse together innovative and modern playing techniques, extended and specific methods of instrumentation. Various scales, microtones, all kinds of rhythms, dozens of unusual timbres, strange noises and sharp chords, innovative and evocative instrumentation – all these elements contain the main base of musical langauge. It also makes a strong relation with academic avant-garde and contemporary academical music. The newest tendencies of academic avant-garde, ambient and experimental music, concrete and spectral music are gently blended together with the bright, splendid, remarkable and moving free improvisation. The music has difficult structure and abstract musical pattern. Its form is synthesized from many different forms of academical music and avant-garde jazz. Free and open forms are mixed with quadratic and strict structures, traditional forms of contemporary academical music and other elements. Even though the music is based on marvelous and astonishing synthesis between avant-garde jazz and contemporary academical music, the main base of compositions is formed by the basics of avant-garde jazz and free improvisation. Avant-garde and experimental jazz mixed with soft relations of academical music – the synthesis of this type rests the same through all album and is heard in all compositions. Musicians are marvelous improvisers – they are playing and improvising passionately, expressively and evocatively. They are dedicated to create extraordinary, strange, weird and evocative sound. Frank Paul Schubert saxophone melodies give the main tune to the sound. Engaging, evocative and bright solos are mixed with depressive, aggressive, sharp and harsh timbres, short melodic elements, repetitive rhythmic and melodic intonations, minimalistic and abstract episodes, silent pauses or sudden abruptions. These elements are just a small part of his improvisations. Saxophonist creates colorful, effective and remarkable sound by using dozens of experimental, specific and extended playing techniques, expressions and other elements of musical language. Olaf Rupp guitar melodies are based on huge variety of unusual timbres, organic and suggestive sound modifications and alterations, sharp and eclectic chords and fascinating free improvisations. Guitarist experiments in various sections of musical language – he tries out exclusive and remarkable expressions, specific playing techniques, extravagant and provocative musical decisions and sounds. Special effects, electronic music elements, gorgeous and weird timbres and other coloristic elements form solid and illustrative background. Simetimes it has depressive, harsh, abandoned and rough sound – suddenly it gets to light and smooth excerpts, roaring and rigorous energy explosions and bright, passionate and expressive solos. Paul Rogers souble bass improvisations also are based on remarkable and inventive musical decisions and experiments. Wide range of colors, timbres, sounds, expressions and other elements of musical language is created here. Dozens of extravagant, weird, strange and bright timbres, unusual sounds, special effects and other elements of background are expressed by using original and innovative instrumentation decisions. Bassist is fusing together all kinds of different musical language elements and expressions by using free improvisation as a main base, which combines together all elements of musical pattern. All the episodes and elements are fused together in the organic, bright and original way. That makes an effort to enchanting, charming, dynamic, moving and extravagant sound. The music of this album is an interesting and bright result, which joins together the basics of free improvisations, avant-garde and experimental jazz and the newest tendencies of acamic avant-garde. It makes remarkable, exclusive and expressive sound.

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