Schlippenbach plays Monk

Alexander Von Schlippenbach (performer), Thelonious Monk (based on the work of)
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Schlippenbach plays Monk
Alexander Von Schlippenbach  (piano)
Based on the work of
Thelonious Monk 1917-1982
Intakt, 2012
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About Alexander Von Schlippenbach

CC BY-SA 2.0 - Image by Geert Vandepoele from Gent, Belgium

Alexander von Schlippenbach (born 7 April 1938) is a German jazz pianist and composer. He came to prominence in the 1960s playing free jazz in a trio with saxophonist Evan Parker and drummer Paul Lovens and as a member of the Globe Unity Orchestra. Since the 1990s, Von Schlippenbach has explored the work of more traditional jazz composers like Jelly Roll Morton or Thelonious Monk.


Schlippenbach started to play piano from the age of 8 and went on to study composition at Cologne under Bernd Alois Zimmermann. While studying he started to play with Manfred Schoof. At the age of 28 he founded the Globe Unity Orchestra. In 1988, he founded the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, a big band that has over the years comprised, among others, Willem Breuker, Paul Lovens, Misha Mengelberg, Evan Parker, Schlippenbach's wife Aki Takase and Kenny Wheeler.

In 1994 he was awarded the Albert Mangelsdorff prize.

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