A very cool group from the Belgian jazz scene of the 60s – one we've never heard before, but who we'll definitely be looking for after hearing this single! The lineup features the great Babs Robert on tenor, with Daniel Max Schellekens on guitar, Jean-Pierre Destree on vibes, Marial Van Hille on bass, and Robert Pernet on drums – and "Vas Y Voir" is a great modal tune that spins out with strong spiritual energy – perfect for both the vibes and tenor! "Four Paul S" has a bit more force – fast guitar riffing at the start, but then pacing out in different rhythms – kind of blocking things out so that the tune has different sections for different solos! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Beautiful sounds from Karel Goeyvaeters – a Dutch minimalist with a really wonderful sense of tone! The album features two long pieces, both from the mid 70s – each using a variety of sounds in cyclical fashion – in ways that recall some of the best Terry Riley material of the time – even though some of the construction also echoes the approach of Philip Glass or Steve Reich! Karel really likes things to unfold in a subtle, sensitive way – and the tones move along in these patterns that are sometimes imperceptible, sometimes more striking – occasionally with a bit of dissonance, but often with these really lovely little sounds. Side one features "Pour Que Les Fruits Murissent Cet Ete" – and side two features "Op Acht Paarden Wedden". LP, Vinyl record album
Three long, fantastic tracks from Turkish composer Gokcen Kaynatan – all performed on the EMS synthesizer, and awash in unusual tones and textures throughout! The music here is different than some of the colder, more academic electronics of the previous decade – as Gokcen performs the music with a very organic vibe, almost as if he's inspired by prog experiments from the European scene, but thinning things down to a one man operation – not entirely jamming, but giving us more of a sense of long-form flow of sound, rather than precomposed ideas! One number even a sound that feels years ahead of the Cold Wave generation – and titles include "Cehennem", "Cehennem Yolu", and "Anjiyo". LP, Vinyl record album
Never-heard music from from French free jazz legend Francois Tusques – sounds that grew out of a 1968 "happening" experiment he was doing on the Parisian scene – but which then took stronger force as the American avant garde descended on the city during the BYG/Actuel generation! The tapes were recorded at a few different events at the end of the 60s – and have this loose structure in which a large ensemble improvise freely along a musical idea, then really take off into flights of their own – in a way, maybe an early example of the improvising orchestra at work. Players include Noel McGhie, Barre Phillips, Aldo Romano, Alan Silva, Claude Delcloo, Earl Freeman, and others – and titles include "Le Fumet Du Jubjub", "La Voute D'Un Caveau Ou D'Un Charnier", and "Tout Le Pouvoir Au Peuple". LP, Vinyl record album
Krzysztof Komeda with Bernt Rosengren —
Knife In Water ... 7-inch Polskie Nagrania/Cacophonic (UK), 1961. New Copy (pic cover)...
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A seminal moment in Polish jazz – and in the soundtrack career of Krzystof Komeda, too! The rare EP features reedman Bernt Rosengren working with Komeda's trio – laying down amazing music from the film Knife In Water – but in a live performance from the the 1961 Jazz Jamboree Festival, which gives the music a richer sound than the film performances! Rosengren is wonderful – playing in a style that's fluid, but with lots of sharp edges – and really taking off with rhythms from Komeda on piano, plus bass and drums – on titles that include "Cherry", "Ballad For Bernt", "Crazy Girl", and "Typish Jazz". 7-inch, Vinyl record