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NO-EXIT CORNER
Ken Vandermark - tenor sax, clarinet
Klaus Kugel - drums, percussion
Mark Tokar - double bass
www.vandermark.tokar.kugel-trio.com

Recorded December 12th, 2016 at the Alchemia Club in Krakow (PL). Recorded, mixed and mastered by Rafal Drewniany (dts studio). Design by Malgorzata Lipinska. Linernotes by Francis Davis. Released in 2018 on
NotTwo Records

„The second of two releases of this trio recorded live in Krakow in 2016 finds Chicago reedist Vandermark, German drummer Kugel and Ukranian bassist Tokar blowing holes in walls. There are occasional respites, say when Tokar takes one his fascinating, focused solos. But generally this is tough stuff. Vandermark is a master of taking a phrase and working it repeatedly, wringing out the last drops as he modulates his ideas to the boiling point. His clarinet playing brings to mind what Artie Shaw might have done had he lived in the free-jazz era. Kugel is one of the great contemporary European drummers, and plays all over the kit with a sharp hard pulse. Ultimately I found the 1st of these two releases, “Escalator,” to be more appealing, but both showcase the vitality of Vandermark’s Eastern European trio. Not, however, daytime mix music.“ - Carl Pearson, Jazz Director, WFHB Bloomington, IN, USA

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JOURNEY TO PARAZZAR
Joe McPhee - trumpet, saxophone
John Edwards - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums
www.mcphee.edwards.kugel-trio.com

Recorded 24th of September 2017@ Metallurgov House Of Culture, Zaporozhye, Ukraine. Recorded by Nikolay Ovcharenko. Mixed and mastered by Rafal Drewniany (dts studio). Photo by Igor Avdeev. Design by Malgorzata Lipinska. Released in 2018 on
NotTwo Records

"The music played here is "just XXIst century free jazz", but played at the highest possible level, with emotions and feeling erupting from the scene like lava from an exploding volcano. ... the whole album is magnifique!!!" - Maciej Lewenstein, 2018

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ESCALATOR
Ken Vandermark - tenor sax, clarinet
Klaus Kugel - drums, percussion
Mark Tokar - double bass
www.vandermark.tokar.kugel-trio.com

Recorded at the Alchemia Club in Krakow on May 5th, 2016. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Rafal Drewniany (dts studio). Photos by Krzysztof Penarski. Design by Malgorzata Lipinska. Released in 2017 on
NotTwo Records

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SWITCHBACK - LIVE IN UKRAINE
Mars Williams - saxophones, flutes, kalimba
Waclaw Zimpel - alto clarinet, Bb clarinet, algoza, overtone flutes
Hilliard Greene - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums, percussion
www.switchback.inemu.com

Recorded live in Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine, April 2015 by Klaus Kugel. Mixed & mastered by Ulrich Seipel. Released in 2016 on
Multikulti Project

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MATEEN BAUER TOKAR KUGEL - COLLECTIVE FOUR
Sabir Mateen - alto & tenor saxophones, flute, clarinets, voice, poetry
Conny Bauer - trombone
Mark Tokar - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums, percussion
www.sabirmateen.connybauer.marktokar.klauskugel.com

Recorded live December-10-2015 @ Centrum Kultury Lublin (Poland). Recorded, mixed and mastered by Michal Kupicz. Released in 2016 on
for-tune

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DAVID & GOLIATH
Marcin Malinowski - clarinet, bass clarinet
Michał Piwowarczyk - viola
Piotr Skowroński - accordion
Jarosław Stokowski - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums
http://meadowquartet.com

Recorded April 2015 at Ratusz Staromiejski, Gdansk (PL) by Klaus Kugel. Mixed & mastered by Ulrich Seipel. Released in 2016 on
Multikulti Project

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GANELIN TRIO PRIORITY - SOLUTION
Vyacheslav Ganelin - piano, synthesizer, percussion
Petras Vysniauskas - soprano saxophone
Klaus Kugel - drums, percussion
www.ganelintrio.com

Recorded 2010 @ in Zoglau3, Taubenbach/Reut, Germany. Artwork by Petras Repsys. Recorded by Klaus Kugel. Mixed & mastered by Ulrich Seipel. Released in 2015 on
For-Tune Records

„This wonderful album is an exquisite example of the trio at work, performing Improvised Music which sonically sounds like a Symphony Orchestra and musically keeps the listener on his toes at all times. Ganelin uses piano and synthesizers to create the sound layers while Vysniauskas improvises melodically on top and Kugel charges the music with incredible rhythmic tension. Together they sound like a three-headed Apollo uttering Godly sounds to charm the humans.
It is almost impossible to think of this music as a collective improvisation, as it sounds more "composed" than most composed contemporary Classical music, thanks to Ganelin´s extraordinary intrinsic sense of melody and the great talent of Vysniauskas to weave the musical threads into a spectacular colorful canvas. Kugel complements the trio perfectly with his respectful and highly attentive attitude, filling the missing pieces which require rhythmic elements of simply adding supplementary ornamentation.
Overall this is a brilliant album from start to finish, almost a "book" example of Improvised Music and its true vocation, and should serve as an example and a beacon to all other Improvising Musicians. Of the numerous Free Jazz and Improvised Music albums released on the For Tune label, this is definitely one of the absolute best ones so far. An essential listening experience!“ - Adam Baruch

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CHARLES GAYLE TRIO - CHRIST EVERLASTING
Charles Gayle - tenor saxophone, piano
Ksawery Wojcinski - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums
http://www.gayle.wojcinski.kugel-trio.com

Recorded live April 2014 at Dragon, Posnan, Poland, April 2014. Released in 2015 on
for-tune

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SWITCHBACK
Mars Williams - saxophones, flutes, kalimba
Waclaw Zimpel - alto clarinet, Bb clarinet, algoza, overtone flutes
Hilliard Greene - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums, percussion
http://www.switchback.inemu.com

Recorded March 2013 in Dresden (DE) by Klaus Kugel. Mixed & mastered by Ulrich Seipel. Released in 2015 on
Multikulti Project

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ULTRAMARINE - NEBOCRY
Uliana Horbachevska - voice
Petras Vysniauskas - soprano saxophone
Mark Tokar - double bass, voice
Klaus Kugel - drums, percussion
http://www.ultramarine.inemu.com

Recorded live by Klaus Kugel July 2012 at Church St. Lazar, Lviv (UA). Mixed & mastered by Ulrich Seipel. Released in 2014 on
ForTune Records
Reviews:
musicofukraine.com

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THE UNIVERSE
Perry Robinson - clarinet, okarina
Robert Kusiolek - accordion
Christian Ramond - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums, percussion, sound objects

Artwork by Elena Chekanova. Mixed & mastered by Robert Kusiolek. Released 2014 on
Multikulti Project

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WACLAW ZIMPEL QUARTET - STONE FOG
Waclaw Zimpel - bassclarinet, alto & Bb clarinet, tarogato, overtone flute, composition
Krzysztof Dys - piano
Christian Ramond - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums, percussion
https://www.waclawzimpel.krzysztofdys.christianramond.klauskugel.com

Recorded November 2012 by Klaus Kugel. Mixed & mastered by Ulrich Seipel. Released in 2013 on
for-tune

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OP DER SCHMELZ LIVE
Roby Glod - alto & soprano saxophones
Roberta Piket - piano
Mark Tokar - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums
http://glod.piket.tokar.kugel-quartet.com

Recorded Live by Boris Thomas at Centre Culturel OP DER SCHMELZ in Dudelange (LU) Feb 2010. Mastered by Ulrich Seipel. Artwork & graphic design by Fanro Airam. Linernotes by Howard Mandel, NYC. Released in 2013 on
Nemu Records

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MILOBEDZKA / ZIMPEL - TYLE TEGO TY
Krystyna Milobedzka - poetry
Waclaw Zimpel - Bb clarinet, alto clarinet, harmonium, fujara, composition
Christian Ramond - double bass
Klaus Kugel - percussion

Editor: Jaroslaw Borowiec
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Eryk Kozlowski, 2012, Posnan (PL). Released 2012 on
MALTAFUNDACJA ISBN 978-83-934202-3-0

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AFFINITY
Pawel Postaremczak - tenor and soprano saxophone
Ksawery Wojcinski - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums
www.postaremczak.wojcinski.kugel-trio.com

Recorded live by Klaus Kugel, 2011 in Kracow (PL). Mixed & mastered by Ulrich Seipel. Artwork & graphic design by Fanro Airam
. Released 2012 on Multikulti Project

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ACROSS THE SKY
John Dikeman - tenor saxophone
Raoul van der Weide - contrabass, crackle box
Klaus Kugel - drums
http://www.dikeman-kugel-vanderweide.inemu.com

Recorded April 2011 @ SchauspielHaus Bergneustadt (DE). Mixed & mastered by Ulrich Seipel. Released in 2012 on
Nottwo Records

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UNDIVIDED - MOVES BETWEEN CLOUDS
Perry Robinson - clarinet
Waclaw Zimpel - clarinet, bass clarinet, tarogato
Bobby Few - piano
Mark Tokar - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums
http://www.undivided.inemu.com

Recorded by Klaus Kugel, live 2009 in Warsaw (PL).
Mixed & mastered by Ulrich Seipel. Released in 2011 on
Multikulti Project

Wonderful creative music! Very deep! Great work! - Larry Blood, 2010, USA

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NUNTIUM
Robert Kusiolek - accordion, electronics
Anton Sjarov - violin, voice
Ksawery Wojcinski - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums, percussion, sound objects

Artwork by Elena Chekanova. Recorded & mastered by Robert Kusiolek. Released in 2011 on
Multikulti Project

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GANELIN TRIO PRIORITY - VISIONS
Vyacheslav Ganelin - piano, synthesizer, percussion
Petras Vysniauskas - soprano saxophone
Klaus Kugel - drums, percussion
http://www.ganelintrio.com

Recorded by Stefan Heger at the VISION FESTIVAL 2007 NYC, USA. Artwork by Petras Repsys. Mixed & mastered by Ulrich Seipel
Released in 2010 on SoLyd Records

"The Ganelin Trio Priority played a staggering set on the penultimate evening of the June, 2007 Vision Festival, a continuous and constantly morphing shock-and-awe campaign in which all national and international demarcations were obliterated." - Marc Medwin, AllAboutJazz.com, August, 2007, USA

"The evening concert series featured some real high-octane entertainment, with the biggest explosion and highlight coming early in the form of the New York City debut of the Ganelin Trio Priority. ... Vysniauskas and Kugel proved to be dynamic players and improvisers, perfectly suited for the trio's dance with the devil." - Ken Weiss, JAZZIMPROV, USA, 2007

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ANDRÉ-TOKAR-KUGEL - VARPAI
André Pabarciute - voice
Mark Tokar - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums, percussion, sound objects
http://andre.tokar.kugel-trio.com

Recorded May 2009 by Klaus Kugel. Mixed & mastered by Ulrich Seipel. Released in 2010 on
Nemu Records

Absolutely unexpected revelation! Quoting liner note: This unique trio utilizes extended vocal and instrumental technique, archaic sound objects, and ritual percussion within free metric structures. Everything is here essentially free improvised, although there are themes and melodies. One can, of course, seek comparisons with Lauren Newton, Iva Bittova, or Sainkho Namtchylak, Agata Zubel Zubel, but for me Andre is completely different. In this sense it is a true discovery of avantgarde vocal. But, one has to state clearly that the whole trio is a phenomenon not from this world. From the opening Symphonic Fields till the closing Varpai there is a constant ow of energy, of innovative ideas and creativity, of collective feelings, and of changing moods and expression. Evidently, this is one of the most interesting vocal recordings of this decade! - Maciej Lewenstein

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UNDIVIDED - THE PASSION
Waclaw Zimpel - clarinet, bass clarinet, tarogato
Bobby Few - piano
Mark Tokar - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums

Recorded live by Klaus Kugel, 2009 in Torun (PL). Mixed & mastered by Ulrich Seipel.
Released in 2010 on
Multikulti Records

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STEVE SWELLs SLAMMIN THE INFINITE - 5000 POEMS
Steve Swell - trombone
Sabir Mateen - tenor and alto saxophones, flute, clarinet, alto clarinet
John Blum - piano
Matt Heyner - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums

recorded 2007 @ Park West Studios, NYC, USA
Released in 2010 on
NotTwo Records

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STEFAN HEIDTMANN PROJECT - OMORFIA
Reiner Winterschladen - trumpet
Gerd Dudek - tenor and soprano saxophone
Stefan Heidtmann - piano, composition
Dieter Manderscheid - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums

Recorded August 2009 at the LOFT, Cologne (DE)
Released in 2010 on shaa-music

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FIVE SPOT - POLTVA
Petras Vysniauskas - soprano saxophone
Yuri Yaremchuk - soprano & tenor saxophones, clarinets
Roberta Piket - piano
Mark Tokar - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums

Recorded 2007 @ Jazz Festival BEZZ in Lviv (UA). Mixed & mastered by Ulrich Seipel.
Released in 2008 on SoLyd Records

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BALTIC TRIO - Live at Jazz Welten Dresden 2005
Petras Vysniauskas - soprano saxophone
Vladimir Volkov - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums

Recorded @ Jazz Welten 2005, Dresden (DE)
Released in 2008 on Bomba Piter

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CHARLES GAYLE TRIO - FORGIVENESS
Charles Gayle - alto saxophone
Hillard Greene - bass
Klaus Kugel - drums
www.gayle.greene.kugel-trio.com

Recorded live at Jazzga Club, Lodz, Poland, April 2007
Released in 2008 on
NotTwo Records

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Steve Swell Presents: RIVERS OF SOUND ENSEMBLE ..... News From the Mystic Auricle
Steve Swell - trombone
Roy Campbell - trumpet, flugelhorn
Sabir Mateen - tenor sax, flute, clarinet, alto sax
Hilliard Greene - bass
Klaus Kugel - drums

Recorded January 2007 at Park West Studios, NYC, USA
Reviews:
pointofdeparture.org allaboutjazz.com
Released in 2008 on
NotTwo Records

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GANELIN TRIO PRIORITY - LIVE IN LUGANO
Vyacheslav Ganelin - piano, synthesizer, percussion
Petras Vysniauskas - soprano saxophone
Klaus Kugel - drums, percussion
www.ganelintrio.com

Recorded 2006 by Radio Svizzera. Artwork by Petras Repsys. Mixed & mastered by Ulrich Seipel
Released in 2007 on
Nottwo Records

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YATOKU
Yuriy Yaremchuk - soprano & tenor saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet
Mark Tokar - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums

Recorded 2006 in Kracow (PL). Released in 2007 on
NotTwo Records

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STEVE SWELLs SLAMMIN THE INFINITE - Live At The Vision Festival
Steve Swell - trombone
Sabir Mateen - tenor and alto saxophones, flute, clarinet, alto clarinet
John Blum - piano
Matt Heyner - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums, percussion

Released in 2007 on
NotTwo Records

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GANELIN TRIO PRIORITY - Live At The Lithuanian National Philharmony Vilnius 2005 (DVD)
Vyacheslav Ganelin - piano, synthesizer, percussion
Petras Vysniauskas - soprano saxophone
Klaus Kugel - drums, percussion
www.ganelintrio.com

... improvisational genius of the highest order - Tom Sekowski, The Live Music Report, January 2008, USA

The new Ganelin Trio is without comparison in European music. - from the DVD linernotes by Wolf Kampmann, Berlin, 2006

Released in 2006 on
Nemu Records

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CARNIVAL SKIN
Perry Robinson - clarinets
Peter Evans - trumpet, piccolo trumpet, slide trumpet
Bruce Eisenbeil - acoustic and electric guitars
Hill Greene - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums, percussions
http://www.CarnivalSkin.iNemu.com

Carnival Skin is a killer quintet formed by guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil and drummer Klaus Kugel ... to make one of the hottest line-ups in free jazz of the past ten years. Maybe twenty.
- Dan Warburton, PARIS TRANSATLANTIC, January 2007

Mastered by Ulrich Seipel. Released in 2006 on
Nemu Records

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STEVE SWELLs SLAMMIN THE INFINITE - Remember Now
Steve Swell - trombone
Sabir Mateen - tenor and alto saxophones, flute, clarinet, alto clarinet
Matt Heyner - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums

Released in 2006 on
Nottwo Records

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GANELIN TRIO PRIORITY - Live in Germany
Vyacheslav Ganelin - piano, synthesizer, percussion
Petras Vysniauskas - soprano saxophone
Klaus Kugel - drums, percussion
www.ganelintrio.com

Recorded live by Hans Jörg Böckeler at the "European Music Festival Münster 1999" (DE). Mixed and mastered by Udi Koomran at Ginger Studio.
Released in 2005 on
Auris Media

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Theo Jörgensmann FELLOWSHIP
Charlie Mariano - alto saxophone
Petras Vysniauskas - soprano saxophone
Theo Jörgensmann - clarinet
Karl Berger - vibraphon and piano
Kent Carter - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums

Released in 2005 on HatHut Records

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WINDSLEEPERS - La Fiancée Du Pirate
Christine Clément - vocals, trumpet
Roby Glod - alto & soprano saxophone
Stefan Heidtmann - keyboards
Peter Schönfeld - electric double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums, percussion

Released in 2005 on shaa-music

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SYNTOPIA QUARTET - MARS
Albrecht Maurer - violin, gothic fiddle
Claudio Puntin - bassclarinet, clarinet
Dieter Manderscheid - double bass
Klaus Kugel - percussions, sound objects

„The first release from the brand new Berlin based label Nemu, owned and operated by Maurer and Kugel, represents an incredibly auspicious beginning. Mars is a beautifully unclassifiable record that blends contemporary classical with free improvisation to such an extent that it`s not always easy to tell which parts are scored and which are not. But intricacy and interplay take the forefront throughout creating a new kind of modern chamber music. Musicianship is exemplary with each player on the same page as the others at all times making this music and the album as a whole firmly gel. Highly recommended that you all try to find this one.“ - Justin Glick, Jazz Music Director, WNUR 89.3 FM, Chicago, 2006

Released in 2005 on
Nemu Records

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GREAT SPIRIT
James Finn - tenor saxophone
Deanna Witkowski - piano
Leon Lee Dorsey - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums, percussion

Released in 2005 on
Nottwo Records

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THE LAST MATADOR
James Finn - tenor & soprano saxophones, wood flute
Warren Smith - drums (left channel)
Klaus Kugel - drums (right channel)

Recorded live at Tribes NYC 2005. Released in 2005 on Gingko Leaf Records

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INTO THE AFTERWORLD
James Finn - tenor & soprano saxophones, wood flute
Warren Smith - drums - (left channel)
Klaus Kugel - drums (right channel)

Recorded live at Tribes NYC 2005. Released in 2005 on Gingko Leaf Records

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SLAMMIN THE INFINITE
Steve Swell - trombone
Sabir Mateen - tenor and alto saxophones, flute, clarinet, alto clarinet
Matt Heyner - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums, percussion

Released in 2004 on Cadence Jazz Records

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PETRAS VYSNIAUSKAS QUARTET - Light In The Dark
Petras Vysniauskas - soprano saxophone
Karl Berger - vibraphon and piano
Kent Carter - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums

Released in 2003 on Juosta Records

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STEFAN HEIDTMANN PROJECT - Hay Que Salir Adelante
Reiner Winterschladen - trumpet
Gerd Dudek - tenor and soprano saxophone
Stefan Heidtmann - piano, composition
Dieter Manderscheid - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums

Released in 2003 on shaa-music

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MICHEL PILZ TRIO - Arbor
Michel Pilz - bass clarinet
Christian Ramond - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums

Released in 2003 on shaa-music

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CATHEDRALS
Christian Bollmann - voice, trumpet, percussion
Roger Hanschel - saxes, flute
Stefan Heidtmann - piano, synthesizer, live-sampling
Klaus Kugel - percussion, wood-bells, chimes, drums, ballast-string

Released in 2003 on shaa-music

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THEO JÖRGENSMANN QUARTET
To Ornette - Hybrid Identity
Theo Jörgensmann - clarinet
Christopher Dell - vibes
Christian Ramond - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums

Released in 2002 on HatHut Records

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ORNAMENTS OF LIGHT AND SOUND
Roger Hanschel - saxes, flute
Stefan Heidtmann - piano, synthesizer, live-sampling
Klaus Kugel - percussion, wood-bells, chimes, drums, ballast-string

Released in 2002 on shaa-music

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STEFAN HEIDTMANN PROJECT - BLUE SAND AND GREEN SKY
Reiner Winterschladen - trumpet
Gerd Dudek - tenor and soprano saxophone
Stefan Heidtmann - piano, composition
Vitold Rek - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums

Released in 2002 on shaa-music

The Desire for Sound - (...), that’s an illustrious group. And it would not be remotely exaggerated to claim that there isn’t much better in German jazz. Or in Europe. (Frankfurter Rundschau, 2001)
The Stefan Heidtmann Project played 2002 at the Euro Jazz Festival Mexico City & and toured in Mexico.
The cd blue sand and green sky (shaa-music) was awarded 5 stars in the German magazine FONOFORUM.

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EUROPEAN ECHOES
Bobo Stenson - piano
Albrecht Maurer - violin
Theo Jörgensmann - clarinet
Kent Carter - double bass
Christopher Dell - vibes
Barre Phillips - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums
Christian Ramond - double bass
a.o.
Released in 2000 on BEV Music AG

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THEO JÖRGENSMANN QUARTET - SNJIBLOEMEN
Theo Jörgensmann - clarinet
Christopher Dell - vibes
Christian Ramond - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums
www.joergensmann.dell.ramond.kugel-quartet.com

Released in 1999 on HatHut Records

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THEO JÖRGENSMANN QUARTET - SNJIBLOEMEN
Theo Jörgensmann - clarinet
Christopher Dell - vibes
Christian Ramond - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums
www.joergensmann.dell.ramond.kugel-quartet.com

Released in 1998 on z.o.o 29-1

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DRAFT - TRAVELING BIRDS
Reiner Winterschladen - trumpet
Frank Gratkowski - saxophones
Kai Kanthak - e-bass
Klaus Kugel - drums

recorded at the LOFT, Cologne
Released in 1994 on JHM 68