Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Ullman, Gebhard, saxophonist, bass clarinetist and composer; b. Bad Godesberg, Germany, 2 November 1957. He grew up near Cologne (Germany). He moved to Hamburg in 1976 and to Berlin in 1983. He commutes between Brooklyn and Berlin since the 90s.
He recorded more than 30 CD's as a leader/co-leader for labels such as Soul Note, Leo Records, Between the Lines, 482 Music, Songlines Recordings, Intuition Records. He's toured with his music in Europe as well as Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the U.S., South East Asia, Canada, Mexico, etc.
Ullmann's working bands are: the New York/Chicago quintet "Basement Research" (w. Tony Malaby, Steve Swell, Drew Gress, Hamid Drake or Gerry Hemingway), the Berlin woodwind/accordion ten-piece project "Ta Lam Zehn", "The Clarinet Trio" (with Juergen Kupke and Michael Thieke), the cooperative band "Conference Call" (with Michael Jefry Stevens, Joe Fonda and Han Bennink/George Schuller), the "Ullmann/Swell 4" with (Steve Swell, Hill Greene and Barry Altschul) and the "Trio Essencia" (with Art Lande and Chris Dahlgren). He is also a member of the "Gunter Lenz Springtime", the "Olaf Ton Bigband Project" and has performed in several programs with the actor Otto Sander.
Ullmann worked together with Paul Bley, Andy Emler, Han Bennink, Satoko Fujii, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Laurent Cugny, Ellery Eskelin, Bob Moses, Keith Tippett, Tiger Okoshi, Bobby Previte, Ernst Ludwig Petrowsky, Glen Moore, Trilok Gurtu, Kevin Norton, Lauren Newton, Steve Arguelles, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Lee Konitz, Ted Reichman, Willem Breuker, Enrico Rava, Michael Moore, Rita Marcotulli, Hans Hassler, Bob Stewart, Michael Riessler, the Ensemble "Percussion de Guinee", the "European Radio Jazzorchestra" and many others.
He's married to Karin Ullmann and has two sons, Benjamin and Nino.
Playful (1984); Out To Lunch (1985); No Age (1987); Ullmann/Rava/Willers... (1989); Per Dee Doo (1990); Suite Noire (1992); Playful '93 (1993); Ta Lam (1993); Moritat (1994);
Basement Research (1995); Trad Corrosion (1997); Ta Lam (1998); Clarinet Trio, Oct. 1 '98 (1999); Kreuzberg Park East (1999); Vancouver Concert (2000); Essencia (2001);
Translucent Tones (2002); Final Answer (2002); Variations On A Master Plan (2003); Spirals, The Berlin Concert (2004)
Gunter Lenz Springtime: Major League (1992); Joe Fonda's Quintet: Full Circle Suite (1999);
He received several awards for his work i.e. the Julius Hemphill Composition Award ('99), the Deutsche Phonoakademie Award ('83), one of the first SWF Jazz Awards ('87),
and several awards from the City of Berlin (90's). His "Ta Lam" project has been nominated best jazz CD of the year by the German Schallplattenkritik.