Axel Dörner

Axel Dorner, a German trumpeter, is primarily a group player. Axel Dorner has a growing discography, but he rarely leads sessions or presents a solo album. He has a unique voice in free improvisation. He developed a new language for the trumpet by working with European horn players John Butcher, Radu Malfatti and Franz Hautzinger in the late 1990s. His focus was on his breath, which he synchronized with John Butcher, John Butcher, John Butcher, as well as other European horn players. The most minute gestures can sound like electronic flurries if there is enough amplifier. Dorner is different from these players because he didn’t make this “new way” into a religion. Instead, he integrated the new method into his repertoire and performed with maximalist jazz groups. Dorner was a latecomer to the trumpet. Born in Koln in 1964, Dorner studied piano at first the conservatory in Arnhem (The Netherlands) in 1988-1989 and then at the Musikhochschule Koln in 1989-1989. He began to learn trumpet with Malte Birba in 1991. Avant-garde jazz was his escape from academia. He performed in Koln with Bruno Leicht, the Streetfighters. He formed his first group, Axel Dorner Quartet, with Hans Schneider, Frank Gratkowski and Martin Blume. Later, he joined the international free improv group Lines. In 1993, he recorded his first session with the Remedy. This trio included Sebastian Gramss (and Claus Wagner). Dorner left behind the piano and moved to Berlin in 1994. Rudi Mahall, a saxophonist, was his partner in the Thelonious Monk tribute group Die Enttauschung. They also joined the old-school free jazz drummer Sven-Ake Johansson and formed later, the Electrics. The trumpeter was selected for Lawrence “Butch” Morris’ 1995 Berlin Skyscraper tour. This led to friendships with London-based musicians and membership in the Chris Burn Ensemble. Alexander von Schlippenbach became his regular collaborator. He began to refine his techniques all the time. Claque (1998) is a glimpse of this process, which he recorded with Chicago improvisers Fred Lonberg–Holm, and Michael Zerang. He was able to pursue his new interest in the new music ensemble Zeitkratzer, where he recorded two discs and then applied the techniques in small group improvisation with John Butcher (2000-2001), which resulted in the highly influential album The Contest of Pleasures (192001). His first solo CD, Trumpet (2001), shows just how far he has come with the concept microscopic sound. Allmsuic

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