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Bill Bickford

BIOGRAPHIE

 

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Artists:

Bill Bickford guitar
Dewey Redman tenor saxophone
Ed Schuller bass
Paul Motian drums

»Schuller has a supple tone, enough technique to do anything on the instrument, and enough taste not to…«
Dave Dupont, Cadence Magazine, New York, May 1992

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Artists:

Marty Cook trombone
Rudi Mahall bass clarinet, record player
Bill Bickford guitar
Larry Porter piano
Ed Schuller bass
Jim Black drums

«Cook’s improvisations, like his tunes, are well-balanced and lyrical. His tone is full and his lines have an understated fire.«David Dupont, Cadence Magazine, New York, May ‘92

 
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Artists:

Jim Pepper tenor saxophone, vocals, percussion
Bill Bickford el-guitar, twelve-string guitar
Ed Schuller bass
John Betsch drums

»One of the most lyrical concerts of Jim I’ve ever heard!«
Peter Wiessmueller, producer

 
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Artists:

Bill Bickford e-guitar
Kim Clarke el-bass
Bruce Ditmas electronic percussion

»Themes are hardly alluded to, the improvisation develops from grooves, which the trio returns to repeatedly. No matter how taut the bow is strung, it never snaps - the impelling consistency of structural development and motivation for each and every tone is never lost.«

 
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Artists:

Ed Schuller bass
Mark Goldsbury saxophones
Gary Valente trombone
Bill Bickford el-guitar
Ronnie Burrage drums

Producer: Peter Wiessmueller & Dr. Ulrich Kurth, WDR
Recording, Mixing & Digital Editing: Ansgar Ballhorn
Recording dates: 1st & 2nd of december 1996
Location: ‘Loft’, Cologne
Cover Art, Concept: Ed Schuller, with assistance by Nicole Kämpgen, Ned Irving, and Sandy Mojobone Fischer

WORKS: SIGNS AND INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY

“The music on this album is an expression reflecting the belief that from time to time we are called upon, like a snake,

 
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Artists:

Frank Lacy tb, tp, voc, keyb
Nomakosazana voc, keyb
Sharon Rivka voc
Bill Bickford el-g
Kim Clarke el-b
Bruce Ditmas dr, keyb
Monty Waters as
Geoff Warren fl, alto-fl
Ed Schuller b
Nicolas Simion ts, ss, b-cl
Tizian Jost p
Larry Porter p

»I’ve heard a lot of musicals, that have been attempted here in Germany… dozens of scripts and cassettes have been sent to me. But I’ve never ever heard such fabulous music before. How did you manage to get such a highly professional recording and such fantastic singers?«
Rainer Walraff, Show Time, BRF 2, Interview, Juni 1993

WORKS: SIGNS AND INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY

“The music on this album is an expression reflecting the belief that from time to time we are called upon, like a snake,

 
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Artists:

Gary Valente trombone
Greg Osby alto & soprano saxophone
Bill Bickford guitar
Ed Schuller bass
Victor Jones drums
Arto Tuncboyaci percussion, vocals

»This is an exciting, thought provoking album by a group of musicians functioning as an ensemble, without jeopardising their individuality.«
Linton Chiswick, New Note Magazine / London

»Schuller goes beyond writing catchy heads, supplying plenty of smart comping and transition devices that keep longer cuts simmering…if the Jazztimes had power ratings, he would be leap-frogging over a lot of bassist/composer/leaders in the next listing on the strength of The Eleventh Hour.«
Bill Shoemaker, JazzTimes/ New York, Sep. 1993

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Artists:

Gunther Schuller cont, arr
Nicolas Simion b-cl, ss, ts
Nicole Kämpgen Schuller as, voc
Bill Bickford e-g
Kirk Leghtsey p, celesta
Ed Schuller b, voc
George Schuller dr
Topo Gioia perc
Caren Knight-Pepper voc, perc
Pete 'Wyoming' Bender voc
Pat Moore dance, voc, pow-wow-drum
Garland Kent pow-wow-drum, voc
Floy Pepper narration

 

WITCHI-TAI-TO: THE MUSIC OF JIM PEPPER

Please find below details of my new release which will come out in Europe in March. It is a very prestigious, significant album - a double CD with about 120 minutes of music. Also it is a 6-page digipack with very nice cover art inside and outside and a 24-page booklet as well.