Uli Trepte

Real Time Music

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Real Time Music might seem like a 180-degree turn from Trepte's earlier high-energy "spacebox" material from a previous pair of albums; he's offering a much more relaxed sound here. With just the trio of Trepte on bass, Spacebox alum Edgar Hofmann (who also played for Embryo) on various wind instruments, and a percussionist, the music is much cleaner and sparser, though with the similar loose, fluid feel of the earlier records. With no electronic effects and nothing too flashy, this record has an uncluttered sound and comes off closer to jazz, though it's still quite eccentric. The percussionists, Marika Falk on the first eight tracks and Andy Kohlmann on the last five, set up unconventional rhythms, both using a variety of ethnic percussion instruments and hand drums. Hofmann's sax, flute, or clarinet drift out bits of melody and Trepte's bass rides fluidly in a swing groove, even flowing into an unaccompanied solo here and there. The music even borrows from the blues, though more in the melancholy of a track like "Contact Blues" than in a straightforward way. More relaxed than Trepte's earlier albums, Real Time Music is a more mature effort that lacks some of the edge of Spacebox and Kick Up, though it's still lively and improvised with a variety of moods and feels.

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