Alexander von Schlippenbach

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Alexander von Schlippenbach, 7 March 1938, Berlin, Germany. Schlippenbach studied piano and composition at school, and his early jazz-related interests were in boogie-woogie and blues piano. After a period influenced by musicians such as Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, he began playing free jazz in the 60s. He worked with Gunter Hampel in 1963 and Manfred Schoof (1964-67) and in 1966 set up the Globe Unity Orchestra to play his composition Globe Unity at the Berlin Jazz Festival. The orchestra’s impact enabled him to resuscitate it the following year and on frequent occasions since; over the 70s and 80s, the Orchestra has established itself as the world’s leading free jazz big band, its ranks including many outstanding European players (Schoof, Kenny Wheeler, Peter Brötzmann, Albert Mangelsdorff, Peter Kowald) as well as occasional US guests, such as Steve Lacy and Anthony Braxton.

In 1970, Schlippenbach formed...

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