THE LONGRUN DEVELOPMENT OF THE UNIVERSE
Hübsch`s preference for wind instruments and lower frequencies has led to this formation of a high-calibre constellation: Matthias Schubert on Tenorsaxophon and Wolter Wierbos, Trombone, are participating in this challenging project. Wellknown as improvisers and instrumentalists they contribute a unique awareness of new concepts. All compositions are written especially for this Trio making use of the characteristic play style of each musicians. New Music and of Modern Jazz influences pervade the program which combines the forces of restructured improvisation and composed elements.
The trio or quartet (LDoU+G) will play mostly Huebsch`s compositions which combine Contemporary written music, Jazz and Improvised music. Every now and then a traditional like El Eterno (for Che Guevara), a Navaho traditional or a Sun Ra tune tune can cross the listeners road. Concerts are driven by the excellent, humouros and vivid playing of the musicians and their ability to turn written notations freely into real time stories.
The trio is also available/audible as a quartet together with the percussionist Gerry Hemingway. Hemingway is famous for his work together with (e.g.) Anthony Braxton or Ray Anderson as well as being a great band leader himself.
(Remember the amazing Gerry Hemingway Quintet?)
Carl Ludwig Hübsch
Planet Blow, Post No Bills, Lester Bowie`s Brass Fantasy, arthur Blythe, Schubert Sextett, European Tuba Quartett, Buck Hübsch Mahall, Vertrauensbildende Massnahmen etc. - tuba
Gunter Hampel Duo, albert Mangelsdorf Quintett, Klaus König Orchestra, Marty Cook Band, M.Schubert Quartett/Sextett Schubert/Gratkowski Duo etc. - tenorsaxophon
ICP Ensemble, Gerry Heminway Quintet, Podium Trio (van Kemenade/Kuiper), Maarten altena Ensemble, Curtis Clark Sextet, albrecht Maurer Quartett, available Jelly etc. - trombone
Crispell/Guy/Hemingway, tom&gerry (Thomas Lehn & Gerry Hemingway) BassDrumBone (Helias/anderson/Hemingway), Graewe/Reijsegger/Hemingway, Hemingway/Butcher - percussion
CD- press rewiev
"Tuba, tenor saxophone, and trombone might appear to be an unusual combination for a full-length recording- and they are - but in the hands of Carl Ludwig Hubsch and his mighty Longrun Development of the Universe (the name of the group is as long as the names of players), the mix of instruments seems natural. The trio entertains strategies on three pieces (the first is divided into four parts) during which abstract written parts contributed by Huebsch weave a concentrated pull against freely improvised forays by the horns. There are fascinating blends of the two lower brass plus sax, leading to utterly delightful, sophisticated, yet fully listenable music.
All three of the participants are comfortable with the language of free improvisation. There are no melodies, but that is a given for this genre of music.
Wolter Wierbos has, of course, distinguished himself as one of the leading modern trombonists with a technical mastery of his horn that is virtually unequalled. Hubsch is lesser known, though he has excelled both in solo and group recordings, including his work with the European Tuba Quartet, of which he is a principal member. Matthias Schubert is also a touch obscure, but he fits here like a jigsaw puzzle, never stealing the spotlight. There is a chamber-like quality to some of the music, but that characterization is perhaps unfair, as there is a real attempt at originality that transcends pigeonholing.
There is a focus on highly complex written and improvisational lines that are hard to distinguish. Individual soloing comes and goes, with masterful work by Wierbos in particular. An outstanding and unusual release (not the least because of the instrumentation, but also due to the sophisticated orchestrations), Carl Ludwig Huebsch's Longrun Development of the Universe may not live up to the implicit ontological impIications of the group's name, but it produces a musical product for serious listening pleasure."
Steven Loewy, Cadence 1101