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freejazzy These guys are something else. Trading ideas with creativity, precision and verve. Vital sounds within inspiring ensemble work. Zugabe. Favorite track: Paulie and Christopher (out in the woods).
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Polit Pilot 08:51
Winterlos 01:06
Bremser 07:31
ASH 03:47
Rumba brutal 02:06
Ramallah 07:24


Intakt CD 182

What with its idiosyncratic music, the anarchistic humour, its intelligent arrangements and original sounds, Der Rote Bereich passes for one of the most exciting bands of modern German jazz. Founded in 1992 by guitarist Frank Möbus and the bass clarinetist Rudi Mahall, the band went through several metamorphoses until finally the Berlin drummer Oliver Bernd Steidle proofed to be the convincing percussionist in this trio. The press celebrated Der Rote Bereich as “the most important representative of German avant-garde jazz”. The “Jazzpodium” states: “In Germany you can barely find music that is comparably complex, surprisingly simple, refreshing in its self-mockery and interesting in every second.”

Der Rote Bereich is back now, after a creative pause. This fall the band will be on tour with a new program, presenting their seventh CD release, the first on Intakt Records. Frank Möbus once said: “Music has to do with life, but life not necessarily with music”. The music of Der Rote Bereich is very up to date, it is full of instancy and realism. Yet they know the true promise and fun of musical seriousness that makes their music an intellectual as well as sensual jazz adventure.



released September 20, 2010

Frank Möbus: electric guitar
Rudi Mahall: bass clarinet
Oliver Bernd Steidle: drums

All Compositions by Frank Möbus (GEMA) except Rumba Total by Rudi Mahall (GEMA). Tracks 1 – 4, 6, 8 and 9 recorded Oct 2009 at P4 studios, Berlin. Recording engineers: Jean Szymczak and Andreas Stoffels. Tracks 5, 7 and 10 recorded Dec 2008 at FWL studios, Leipzig. Recording engineer: Kai Mäder. All tracks mixed May 2010 at FWL studios, Berlin. Mixing engineer: Kai Mäder. Cover art: Sophie Keller. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Fotos: Jean Szymczak. Produced by Frank Möbus and Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt. Published by Intakt Records


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