Friday, September 16, 2016

SIEGFRIED KESSLER /JEAN-FRANÇOIS PAUVROS – Phenix 14 (LP-1979-Le Chant Du Monde - LDX 74706)




Label: Le Chant Du Monde – LDX 74706
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: France / Released: 1979
Style: Experimental, Free Improvisation, Free Jazz
Recorded at studio Solaris, Paris, France, July 13 & 14, 1978.
Photography – Siegfried Kessler
Layout – Anne-Marie Dufour
Recorded By – Armand Friedman, Dominique Pauvros
Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): XC1I 74706 A
Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): XC1I 74706 B

A1 - Danse Du Stampe ..................................................................... 5:08
A2 - Rêve D'un Vol ........................................................................... 6:32
A3 - Pizzicato D'antennes ................................................................. 2:02
A4 - Rock 83,000 Pieds D'altitude .................................................... 3:15
A5 - Swinging S.K. 13, Swagin' Cap 10 ........................................... 4:10
B1 - Espace Cathédrale ................................................................... 7:18
B2 - Chant Du Bijave ........................................................................ 4:17
B3 - Cumulo-Nimbus ........................................................................ 3:00
B4 - Phenix Re-naissance ................................................................ 5:32

Siegfried Kessler – clavinet, organ, piano
Jean-François Pauvros – electric guitar [Jacobacci]

Pauvros, a well-known avant garde guitarist composer & performer. He met and plays since the early 70s with the most renown musicians (Ted Milton/Blurt, Arto Lindsay/DNA, Elliot Sharp/Carbon). Part of Catalogue with Jac Berrocal and Gilbert Artman (Lard Free & Urban Sax). Siegfried Kessler played with numerous artists and namely Yochk'o Seffer. Considered as one of the most brilliant pianists of his time...

This is a magical record, absolute masterpiece.



There are several ways to master the fear of emptiness. In music, it is alone with his instrument that reveals the most pressing. But improvisation, that moment of weightlessness happiness that rewards long years of work sometimes turns into minutes of boredom, ecstasy or shame. To master the fear, you have to let go as they say in TV-hooks fashionable to jump naked into the mouth of the ogre. The vacuum also dominates the amateur aerobatics. At the helm of the cuckoo, there is then no question of improvisation for the pilot, everything seems thought studied as a tool for each function, dials numbers, a broom handle and so many other things to handle. A calm and control force, he will fly to the worst in gravity-defying acrobatics. Improvisation and technology, pushed to their limits are rare, and when these two qualities are found in one man, it borders on the fantastic.




Siegfried Kessler, German pianist and installed in France was this rather special timber, a fanatic aerobatics, a real, to the point that will make a record, at a time when the talent still allowed some daring. Phenix 14 is thus a recueuil impressions, music and freely inspired tensions aircraft, air, metal and unequal fight that they indulge without respite.

Accompanied by Jean-François Pauvros on guitar, the unlikely duo resembles one of those improbable cinema alloys where the two heroes who oppose eventually best friends. With his mop to Tahiti Bob and small glasses Pauvros like a conscientious objector all ready to be lectured by Kessler sergeant with his steely gaze and his aviator outfit is furiously thinking about a guy that must not do shit too. But the music of the two men, instinctive to excess, boiling, simmering ( "Pizzicato antenna"), energetic, it is nothing artificial, she speaks from heaven and she talks to you in the guts.

The large gap also does not stop the protagonists. The musical journey of Siegfried Kessler capable alongside Didier Levallet both of the free bold as to accompany the classic singer Jacques Bertin, and always on the very institutional and exciting label "Le Chant du Monde" that will given the words to all music and all the revolts that these carting behind. Excellence at the service of more or less popular singers of that time seems to be the witness of a bygone era where human connections flouted labels of all kinds. In the same vein, we think Francois Beranger who played in all relaxation alongside the great guitarist Jean-Pierre Alarcen (and vice versa) yet it it offended anyone. And deeper still, this absolutely free music made the big difference...

The album concludes with Phenix Rebirth, exciting piece, torn between the two musicians. Remove the guitar, he still plays some contemporary Kessler notes, remove the piano, there remains a sticky guitar solo, violent, but together the great voodoo operates.


Translated from French:
http://lesdisquesnousparlent.overblog.com/siegfried-kessler-jean-francois-pauvros-phenix-14-le-chant-du-monde-1978    



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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

MICHEL PORTAL – À Chateauvallon - No, No But It May Be (Michel Portal Unit) LP-1973-Le Chant Du Monde - LDX 74526




Label: Le Chant Du Monde – LDX 74526
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress, Gatefold / Country: France / Released: 1973
Style: Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded live at Châteauvallon, August 23, 1972.
Design – Henri Galeron
Photography By – Guy Le Querrec
Engineer – Bruno Menny, Jean-Bernard Plé
Supervised By [Recording] – André Francis
Executive Producer – Daniel Richard
Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): XWG 74526 A
Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): XWG 74526 B

A - No, No, But It May Be ........................................................... 19:46
B - No, No, But It May Be (2e T.) ................................................ 24:30

Michel Portal: clarinets, bass, double bass, alto & sopranino sax, taragot
Bernard Vitet: trumpet, horn, violin
Léon Francioli:  double bass
Beb Guérin: double bass
Pierre Favre: percussions
Tamia: vocal

Rare LP, French Press only; this record : 271 grams + package weight : 250 grams

...One of the artists that incorporates that huge creative streak, goes by the name of Michel Portal and those who minimally know his music, are aware of his constant search for new sounds, taking advantage of his provocative attitude to motivate himself towards new horizons...
In the autumn of 1973 by the Chant du Monde, the concert Michel Portal Unit to À Châteauvallon upset many minds and inspired a generation of French musicians.


Michel Portal, born in 1935 (Bayonne, France) stands out as a composer, clarinetist and saxophonist, while several other instruments like the bandoneon (small accordion) are also part of his repertoire.
In addition to having studied clarinet at the Paris Conservatoire, he also studied conducting with Pierre Dervaux, which would give him a solid background for future projects.
The diversity (or dissatisfaction) is present over a considerable part of the career of this unusual artist. Apart from multi-instrumentalist, also when it comes to musical genres, Portal has whittled different ways throughout his extensive career.
His musical anarchist tendencies revealed in different ways: in the participations with Stockhausen in the late 60s, the award-winning movie soundtracks and the reference pieces of contemporary or classical music, such as the remarkable participation as soloist in “Domaines” of Pierre Boulez.
But despite his artistic diversity, one of the labels he cannot get rid of, is the “father of the French modern jazz”, being considered by many as one of the architects of modern jazz and improvised music in the old continent. This reputable title comes from the fact that he participated in the initial phase of the free jazz movement in France (late 60’s) with musicians such as François Tusques, Bernard Vitet or Sunny Murray.
With the aim of promoting instant composition and collective improvisation, Portal still formed the “New Phonic Art” (1969) and developed a strong partnership with John Surman (first record of the Michel Portal Unit, created in 1971). 





“No, no but it maybe” was recorded in Chateauvallon on August 23, 1972 during a live performance. The recording by ORTF (Office de Télévision Française Radiodiffusion) had its first edition by the extinct “Chant du Monde”.
This session of about 45 minutes of pure listening pleasure, has no line-up or separation of tracks; only the magic of improvised music interpreted with great mastery.
Despite this excellent work having on the soils of Michel Portal and Bernard Vitet (who died on July 3, 2013) the main protagonists, the other elements of this group have an equally important contribution in creating pieces of great richness.
The first part presents us a deep atmosphere, marked by the rhythm of the bass and the interventions of Portal and Vitet on the reeds and horns. The percussion (Pierre Favre) and the double-bass with bow (Beb Guerin, Léon Francioli) also join this exclusive creation, conveying the idea of a natural atmosphere that grows in rhythmic intensity until its end.
The B side, in a something obscure and enigmatic line (with influences of movie soundtracks) includes a beautiful performance of targot (instrument of clarinet family) whose intriguing sounding triggers some vocal interventions (cries and whimpers) by way of incentive. While a tribal and theatrical sound develops in intensity, joins Tamia’s voice by way of scat-singing.
The instrumental diversity used throughout this session is extremely well coordinated, revealing the individual conscience of each element in favor of the collective sound, even in the case of an exercise of pure improvisation. Perhaps that’s why the name (Michel Portal) “Unit” makes some sense.
Given the difficulty in describing in words the result of this work, it is particularly important to hear it and feel it and therefore, no hesitation in recommending this work to all who are interested in the European free jazz movement.

With almost 80 years of age, Michel Portal continues active and although no longer recording with the regularity of the past, he continues to incorporate in his music a contagious energy. His last works alternate between Jazz (Bailador, 2010) and interpretations of classical composers like Mozart or Brahms. As for his next work, nobody knows, but will certainly have the stamp of innovation and excellence that this great artist has used throughout his career of over 45 years.

Absolument génial, Monsieur Portal!

Review by Mister W


Text taken from:
http://thejazzspot.tumblr.com/post/96501010638/michel-portal-unit-%C3%A0-chateauvallon-no-no-but
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Thursday, September 1, 2016

ROVA – The Crowd - For Elias Canetti (2LP-1986-Hat Hut Rec – hat ART 2032)




Label: Hat Hut Records – hat ART 2032
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Switzerland
Released: 1986
Style: Avantgarde Jazz, Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Album was recorded in a French studio while on tour in 1985.
Design – Walter Bosshardt
Photography By – Hans H. Kumpf
Recorded by – Peter Pfister
Mixed and edited by – Peter Pfister, Larry Ochs
Packaging concept by Werner X. Uehlinger
Produced by Pia and Werner X. Uehlinger
℗ + © 1986 Hat Hut Records Ltd.

A   -  Terrains ............................................................................. 16:30
B1Room ................................................................................. 10:35
B2Knife In The Times, Parts 1 + 2 .......................................... 6:30
C   -  Knife In The Times, Parts 3-8 ........................................... 22:50
D1 - The Crowd .......................................................................... 19:30
D2 - Sport .................................................................................... 3:00

Musicians:
Andrew Voigt – alto saxophone, clarinet
Jon Raskin – baritone saxophone, alto saxophone
Bruce Ackley – soprano saxophone
Larry Ochs – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone

Rare vinyl 2LP box set, ROVA – The Crowd - for Elias Canetti, Hat Art 2032, is an out of print. This is Swiss press 1986.




Originally constructed as a much longer piece for a commission by composer John Adams for the Bay area saxophone quartet to perform a concert of original material, this shorter, tighter version was heavily influenced by the writings of Nobel laureate Elias Canetti's works. Most notably, his classic sociological text Crowds and Power. This album was recorded in a French studio while on tour in 1985. How a book about the fascistic implications of crowds, their organization, circumstances surrounding their coming into being, and how they are manipulated from outside their framework and a musical work of this size and statue have anything in common is a guess for anyone who hasn't absorbed both sources. But it doesn't matter. The Crowd was a turning point for the original ROVA, which still contained Andrew Voigt. From the freewheeling excesses of their earlier recordings on Meta Language and the more structural framework for improvisation employed on their Soviet tour of 1983 to this piece, ROVA had become a finely tuned machine. The Crowd is seamless in both composition and execution after the first few minutes that is "Sport," and directly into the nearly 20-minute title work it becomes impossible for the listener to know what was written and what was improvised. Certainly each member of this group solos, but it is the simultaneous improvisation and the harmonic texture of the composition itself that winds and weaves its way not only though different musical territory (there is even a section that nods toward Adams and Philip Glass), but diverse emotional ground is covered as well. To call this music "jazz" would be both accurate and a mistake, for it is both entirely jazz and not at all; to call it "free music" or "new music" would be just plain lazy and stupid; to call this ROVA music would make sense. From swing to Baroque quotations to minimalist serialism, free jazz, Herbie Nichols, Thelonious Monk, and even ragtime, the Crowd contains every kind of human voice, all together but as separate beings, just like those in Canetti's book. Where they are separate, however, is in the multivalent language they express and signify: As a group, or a "crowd," ROVA uses a self-created language to express the needs of each of its individual players, all borrowing and lending from one another as ideas or structural framework dictate. In Canetti's book, the individual is consumed within the frightening crowd, no longer conscious at all of her or his own motives, but only there to serve the ends of power. That ROVA can mirror this sentiment and thought process so well with a recording is a phenomenal thing, that they can do it and make it a joy to listen to an encounter without knowledge of the original work is what made them so special at the time they recorded this. Bravo.       (_Review by Thom Jurek)





NOTE:
Elias Canetti / Crowds and Power, a masterwork of philosophical anthropology.
(Nobel Prize in 1981).

Crowds and Power is a revolutionary work in which Elias Canetti finds a new way of looking at human history and psychology. Breathtaking in its range and erudition, it explores Shiite festivals and the English Civil war, the finger exercises of monkeys and the effects of inflation in Weimar Germany. In this study of the interplay of crowds, Canetti offers one of the most profound and startling portraits of the human condition.
The style is abstract, erudite, and anecdotal, which makes Crowds and Power the sort of work that awe some readers with its profundity while irritating others with its elusiveness. Canetti loves to say something brilliant but counterintuitive, and then leave the reader to figure out both why he said it and whether it's really true. -- Richard Farr

Buy this excellent book:
https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0374518203/braipick-20



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Friday, August 26, 2016

VIENNA ART ORCHESTRA – Suite For The Green Eighties (2LP-1982)




Label: Hat Hut Records – Hat Art 1991/92
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Box Set / Country: Switzerland / Released: 1982
Style: Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Free Improvisation
Track A1 on June 15, 1981, at Thalwil Gemeindehaussaal
Track A2 on October 29, 1981, at Bern Restaurant Schweizerbund
Track B1 on October 28, 1981 at Geneve New Morning
All other on October 30, 1981 at Zürich Bazillus
Cover art by – Klaus Baumgärtner
Photos by – Heinz Heinrich Stoller
Packaging concept by Werner X. Uehlinger
Recorded by – Peter Pfister
Mixed and edited by – Peter Pfister, Mathias Rüegg and Werner X. Uehlinger
Produced by Pia and Werner X. Uehlinger

A1 - Haluk ...................................................................................... 14:05    
A2 - Plädoyer For Sir Major Moll ..................................................... 6:10    
B1 - Nanan N'z Gang ..................................................................... 11:10    
B2 - Blue For Two ............................................................................ 6:15    
C1 - Suite For The Green Eighties Part I ....................................... 11:25
C2 - Suite For The Green Eighties Part II ........................................4:05
D1 - Suite For The Green Eighties Part III ...................................... 7:50
D2 - Suite For The Green Eighties Part IV ...................................... 8:00
D3 - Suite For The Green Eighties Part V ....................................... 5:45

Orchestra:
Lauren Newton – voice
Karl Fian – trumpet
Herbert Joos – flugelhorn, baritonhorn, double trumpet, alpenhorn
Christian Radovan – trombone
Billy Fuchs – tuba
Harry Sokal – soprano sax, tenor sax, flute
Wolfgang Puschnig – alto sax, bass clarinet, piccolo flute
Ingo Morgana – tenor sax
Woody Schabata – vibes, marimba, tablas
Uli Scherer – pianos, melodica
Jürgen Wuchner – bass
Wolfgang Reisinger – percussion, drums, paiste gongs
Janusz Stefanski – drums, percussion
Mathias Rüegg – leader, composer, arranger



It might as well be said now so the hate mail can flow fast and free: I happen to agree with music critic/composer and historian Art Lange that Mathias Rüegg, leader, composer, director, etc., of the Vienna Art Orchestra is, without question, Europe's answer to Duke Ellington at the end of the 20th century, though he clearly isn't yet in Ellington's league. With Suite for the Green Eighties, a work inspired in equal parts by the gaining of popularity and power by the Green Party in Germany, Austria, and elsewhere in Europe, and also by the classic book by Charles Reich called The Greening of America, the five-part work is a crosshatch of jazz, blues, circus music, postmodern harmonic and intervallic invention, and dance music (as in ballet). The temptation to call it a pastiche is too easy to drape over this mammoth construction of color and texture in sound.





Before this suite begins -- and it is actually more like a symphony than a jazz suite -- there are three Rüegg compositions that set the audience up for the drama. There is the New Orleans jazz-flavored "Haluk," with its riveting soprano solo by Harry Sokal; the glorious Gil Evans-ish "Plädaoyer for Sir Mayor Moll," with its elegant quotation from "I Only Have Eyes for You," and microtonal flügelhorn solo by Herbert Joos, which turns the piece inside out and makes it a modal meditation on minor sevenths; and the woolly "Nanan N'Z Gang," which sounds -- in its opening measures -- like it was written in the medina in Morocco or Algeria. It eventually evolves into a post-bop modal stomp with a killer alto sax break from Wolfgang Puschnig. When the "Suite" finally begins, listeners are almost taken off guard since it sounds like a coda. Before the vibes and trumpets go into a dance of intricate counterpoint, the band plays "fliessend," smoothly and evenly, and the movement becomes almost contemplative, with the exception of the two contrapuntal instruments now playing in restrained tones. As the bop horn lines state the theme for the rest of the suite, short, choppy interludes of dissonance and even sets of quiet tone rows are inserted into the melody! Rüegg's harmonic sensibility is so developed that he has no difficulties in traversing isorhythms to get to his desired place. By the time the last movement is reached, one would swear that all elegiac notions have been left behind in order to join Buddy Rich and Count Basie in a Kansas City block party. Swinging brass, jump-start rhythms, and angular solos carry the joyous suite to its impossible ending -- in the quiet of the evening with only the feeling that something new is possible for the first time in a long, long while.   (_Review by Thom Jurek)



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Saturday, August 20, 2016

YOSUKE YAMASHITA TRIO – Sunayama (LP-1978-Frasco – FS-7025)




Label: Frasco – FS-7025
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: Japan / Released: 1978
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded at Victor Studio, Tokyo, Japan on June 21 and 22, 1978.
Producer – Roppei Iwagami
Director – Hiroshi Mitsuoka
Engineer – David Baker, Yoshikira Suzuki
Manufactured By – Nippon Phonogram Co., Ltd.
Original Japanese press from 1978 on the Frasco label with obi and insert.

A  -  Sunayama ........................................................................ 18:58
B1 - Usagi No Dance - Dedicated To Pepi .............................. 15:06
B2 - Anomachi Konomachi ........................................................ 5:01

Yosuke Yamashita – piano
Akira Sakata – alto saxophone
Shohta Koyama – druma, percussion
with
Yasuaki Shimizu – tenor saxophone
Hitoshi Okano – trumpet
Kenji Nakazawa – trumpet
Shigeharu Mukai – trombone
Kiyoshi Sugimoto – guitar (track B1)






Sunayama, recorded at Victor Studio, Tokyo (june 1978) featured standard Yamashita trio: piano – Yosuke Yamashita, alto saxophone – Akira Sakata and drums – Shohta Koyama with: tenor saxophone – Yasuaki Shimizu, two trumpets – Hitoshi Okano and Kenji Nakazawa, trombone – Shigeharu Mukai and guitar – Kiyoshi Sugimoto on track B1.

Topnotch album !!!



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YOSUKE YAMASHITA TRIO – Hot Menu - Live At The Newport Jazz Festival (LP-1979-Frasco – FS-7028)




Label: Frasco – FS-7028
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: Japan / Released: 1979
Style: Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded live on June 29, 1979 at "Jazz at the Symphony", as part of Newport Jazz Festival
Design – Koga Hirano
Photography By – Yukio Ichikawa
Management – Jam Rice
Music Director – Hiroshi Mitsuka
Engineer [Recording & Mixing Engineer] – David Baker
Producer [For Frasco] – Yosuke Yamashita
Producer [For Jamrice] – Roppei Iwagami

A1 - Introduction - Rabbit Dance (Usagi No Dance) ................... 14:50
A2 - Mina's Second Theme ......................................................... 10:03
B  -  Sunayama ........................................................................... 14:20

Yosuke Yamashita – piano
Akira Sakata – alto saxophone, alto clarinet
Shohta Koyama – drums, percussion





Beginning in the '70s, his trio toured widely and played many major European events, including the Berlin and Montreux jazz festivals. Yamashita's U.S. debut was at the 1979 Newport Jazz Festival; he also recorded with members of the Art Ensemble of Chicago around that time.
June 29, 1979 in the "Jazz at the Symphony", as part of the Newport Jazz Festival, New York, Yosuke Yamashita Trio presented in the best way, material from their latest studio album „Sunayama“.

Enjoy!



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