MISHA MENGELBERG

Avant-Garde Jazz / Third Stream • Ukraine
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Misha Mengelberg, an avant-garde pianist and composer who was one of the founders of the Dutch jazz and experimental music orchestra Instant Composers Pool, and who recorded with Fred Anderson, Derek Bailey, Eric Dolphy, Dave Douglas, Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Roswell Rudd, Ken Vandermark and many others, died March 3, 2017 at age 81 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Born in 1935 in Kiev, Ukraine, Mengelberg spent his formative years in Holland after his family left the former U.S.S.R. to escape political unrest. Although he started playing the piano at a young age, Mengelberg first pursued a degree in architecture before changing to music theory and composition at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. Given that his father, Karel, and great uncle Willem Mengelberg were both well-known orchestra conductors, the switch was unsurprising.

After university, Mengelberg became interested in the music of John Cage as well as blurring the lines
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MISHA MENGELBERG Fragments (with John Tchicai, Han Bennink, Derek Bailey) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fragments (with John Tchicai, Han Bennink, Derek Bailey)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
MISHA MENGELBERG Musica Per 17 Instrumenti / 3 Intermezzi / Omtrent Een Componistenactie album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Musica Per 17 Instrumenti / 3 Intermezzi / Omtrent Een Componistenactie
Third Stream 1982
MISHA MENGELBERG Change Of Season (Music of Herbie Nichols) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Change Of Season (Music of Herbie Nichols)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1985
MISHA MENGELBERG Impromptus album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Impromptus
Avant-Garde Jazz 1991
MISHA MENGELBERG Dutch Masters (with Steve Lacy, George Lewis, Ernst Reyseger, Han Bennink) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dutch Masters (with Steve Lacy, George Lewis, Ernst Reyseger, Han Bennink)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992
MISHA MENGELBERG Who's Bridge album cover 3.55 | 3 ratings
Who's Bridge
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
MISHA MENGELBERG Two Days In Chicago album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Two Days In Chicago
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
MISHA MENGELBERG Solo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solo
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
MISHA MENGELBERG Four in One album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Four in One
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
MISHA MENGELBERG Senne Sing Song album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Senne Sing Song
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
MISHA MENGELBERG It Won't Be Called Broken Chair (with Evan Parker) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
It Won't Be Called Broken Chair (with Evan Parker)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011

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MISHA MENGELBERG Jazz From Holland (as Misja Mengelberg Quartet) (aka Journey) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz From Holland (as Misja Mengelberg Quartet) (aka Journey)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1966
MISHA MENGELBERG Einepartietischtennis (with Han Bennink) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Einepartietischtennis (with Han Bennink)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1974
MISHA MENGELBERG Midwoud 77 (with Han Bennink) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Midwoud 77 (with Han Bennink)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
MISHA MENGELBERG Pech Onderweg album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pech Onderweg
Avant-Garde Jazz 1979
MISHA MENGELBERG Driekusman Total Loss album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Driekusman Total Loss
Avant-Garde Jazz 1981
MISHA MENGELBERG Japan Japon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Japan Japon
Avant-Garde Jazz 1982
MISHA MENGELBERG Mix album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mix
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
MISHA MENGELBERG The Root of the Problem album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Root of the Problem
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
MISHA MENGELBERG Misha Mengelberg album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Misha Mengelberg
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
MISHA MENGELBERG Live In Holland '97 (with Gustafsson & Prins) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Holland '97 (with Gustafsson & Prins)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
MISHA MENGELBERG No Idea album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Idea
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
MISHA MENGELBERG MiHa (with Han Bennink) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
MiHa (with Han Bennink)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
MISHA MENGELBERG Misha Mengelberg, Cor Fuhler, Michiel Scheen ‎: Mill album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Misha Mengelberg, Cor Fuhler, Michiel Scheen ‎: Mill
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
MISHA MENGELBERG Misha Sabu Duo ‎: The Untrammeled Traveler album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Misha Sabu Duo ‎: The Untrammeled Traveler
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
MISHA MENGELBERG Nunc! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nunc!
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014

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MISHA MENGELBERG Who's Bridge

Album · 1994 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Misha Mengelberg was born in Stalinist Kiev, Ukraine (former USSR) into a Jewish musician's family. Fortunately, his family immigrated to Holland before WWII. Misha studied classical music at the Hague Royal Conservatory. While still a student there, he met John Cage and turned to more experimental music. Sometime in the 60s, while playing with Steve Lacy and Eric Dolphy among others, he became a household name in Dutch avant-garde jazz.

"Who's Bridge" is one of his later works in trio format (with Americans Joey Baron and Brad Jones). Misha is in perfect form playing fast angular piano with only the back-up of a rhythm section. On this album he demonstrates the best characteristics of his music - complex techniques mixed with melodic, bluesy tunes and touches of humor here and there. Although being of a very improvisational origin, all of these compositions sound quite accessible and make for pleasant listening. Co-produced by John Zorn and released on the Japanese Avant label, this music has a great acoustic mix and is almost catchy!

Being an expensive Japanese import, this album is as rare as is many other of Mengelberg's works (often released on tiny Dutch or Japanese labels). This is a real shame - he deserves to be much better known around the world.

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