Sunday, October 24, 2010
Absolutely love this record. Altena is really low in the mix and Bennink is also poorly recorded, but just batters the kit. Brown is well recorded and incredibly lyrical throughout. Notably "Improvisation" has a solo sax intro that will have you shaking your head as you play it over and over again. It pairs perfectly and seamlessly with "Sound Structure" just before it, which is a very balanced trio piece with all three musicians just killing it throughout.
Tracks 6 and 7 are Marion Brown and the great Leo Smith forming the Creative Improvisational Ensemble.
Marion Brown, as
Maarten van Regteren Altena, b
Han Bennink, d
Tracks 6 & 7
Marion Brown: as, perc
Leo Smith: trumpet, perc
CD rip @320:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
First exposed to this format after buying the Bass Duets CD. Some years later--still not sure how I feel, but I'm still listening.
The Bass Duets CD is a compilation of Kowald + Phillips, Guy and Altena on three different OOP lps. For me, the last pairing was the most accessible because of the seeming emphasis of rhythmic invention. So I sought out the original wax, as not every track is on the CD comp.
The seamless assault of rhythms and sheer range of sound on this record is just something else. Percussive slapping. Half-cocked funky bass lines. Manic melodic bowing. Endless other techniques are interwoven with controlled gaps of silence creating a singular energy that ebbs and flows like the tides. There are places where the sound crests, and other lower places as well. I'm not sure how you might feel. But I'm sure you will feel something.....so give it a listen.
Peter Kowald, bass
Maarten Altena bass and cello
Recorded: March 19 & 20, 1982
@ 320 Wax drip
Thursday, October 7, 2010
This was originally released in 1980 on FMP as Touch the Earth, and then title-less in 1981 on Amiga.
The interplay is amazing between these three musicians, and with masterful ears, space is incredibly well balanced.
Smith's trumpet tone is so clear and crisp, at times it glides high above the timbre of the other instrumentation. But then, from the buzzing and stirring rhythm section beneath Kowald will bow his bass up high and bridge the gap. Sommer's percussive accents add to both the sonic unpredictability and at times the rock-solid rhythmic balance of this killer session. I kinda like the Amiga release without the implication of Earth being in the title. These guys were on some other planet when they recorded this......
Leo Smith: trumpet, flugelhorn & african thumb piano
Peter Kowald: bass
Günter Sommer: drums, percussion & organ pipes
Recorded November 13th and 14th 1979
@320. Wax dRip:
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Rawkus Records 1997
Dante Beze vocals
Shawn J Period production