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Avant-Jazzers Conference Call Interviewed at All About Jazz

SOURCE: Published: 2011-01-17
Conference Call Conference Call can be as balanced and beautiful as an intricate organism, but just as soon rage with holy fire. The quartet—consisting of saxophonist Gebhard Ullmann
Gebhard Ullmann
Gebhard Ullmann
b.1957
saxophone
, bassist Joe Fonda
Joe Fonda
Joe Fonda
b.1954
bass
, drummer George Schuller
George Schuller
George Schuller
b.1958
drums
and pianist Michael Jefry Stevens
Michael Jefry Stevens
Michael Jefry Stevens
b.1951
piano
—perpetually weaves in all three dimensions, as well as in time—its own, and music history's.

Together since the late '90s, the group is going strong, burning away but losing no energy, relating jazz past and political past to hard and fast present moments—and spiriting these, in turn, into a future history—forging sound new documents bound to have permanent place in the history of music. Whether that sound is a cry from the streets, a cry of a people, or the cry of a sole saxophone, Conference Call captures it, reporting straight from the scene of stage or studio.

All About Jazz's Gordon Marshall spoke with three members of Conference Call—Stevens, Fonda and Schuller—in a conference call, about the germination of the group, how it has evolved over the years, and its latest release, What about the ...? (NotTwo, 2010).

Check out Conference Call: Evolution of a Burning Bush today, at All About Jazz!


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