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Karl Berger

Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra

Active since: March 30, 1935    

Karl Berger is a six time winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll as a jazz soloist, recipient of numerous Composition Awards ( commissions by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, European Radio and Television: WDR, NDR, SWF, Radio France, Rai Italy. SWF-Prize 1994 ). Professor of Composition, Artist-in-Residence at universities, schools and festivals worldwide ; PhD in Music Esthetics.

Karl Berger became noted for his innovative arrangements for recordings by Jeff Buckley (”Grace”), Natalie Merchant (”Ophelia”), Better Than Ezra, The Cardigans, Jonatha Brooke, Buckethead, Bootsie Collins, The Swans, Sly + Robbie, Angelique Kidjo a.o.; and for his collaborations with producers Bill Laswell, Alan Douglas (”Operazone”), Peter Collins, Andy Wallace, Craig Street, Alain Mallet, Malcolm Burn, Bob Marlett a.m.o. in Woodstock, NY. New York City, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, Paris, Rome....
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    Reverie

    Leo Records
    2014
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    After The Storm

    Unit Records
    2013
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    Synchronicity

    Nacht records
    2012
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    Hasler / Paeffgen / Berger

    NoBusiness Records
    2011
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    Strangely familiar

    Tzadik
    2010
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    No Man Is An Island

    Unit Records
    1999
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    Conversations

    Unit Records
    1994
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Reverie

Leo Records (2014)

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“Karl Berger brings the rhythms of Africa and the swing of Milt Jackson to a higher degree of improvisation on the vibes. Berger’s instrument is at once vividly imaginative and filled with the dance of magic.” —Philadelphia Tribune

“Karl Berger’s a great pure player: without getting into stylistic pigeonholes and without any amplification, he delivers a constantly satisfying mixture of colorative nuances and straight ahead swing.” —Downbeat Magazine

“The way Karl plays the vibes he should be president of the United States.” —Dave Brubeck

“The entire performance was among the gentlest, most subtle examples of a new jazz one is likely to heard, and Berger’s leaps on vibes seemed to summarize the comfortable, affirmative sprit of the music.” —Boston Phoenix

“This is music of great maturity and coolness....of a timesless and unpretentious beauty as one rarely encounters in today's jazz.” —Jazzdimensions

“A work of unthought-of beauty; makes you listen, because it opens spaces in the stressful daily life of the post-modern age.” —Jazzdimensions

“Candidate for CD of the year.” —Frankfurter Allgemeine

“Berger writes wide-open, prairie-big tunes...

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