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EXCLUSIVE! FIRST-EVER DIGITAL RELEASE ANYWHERE! (FMP 0280) http://www.fmp-label.de/freemusicproduction/labelscatalog/fmp0280.html This album lives up to its subtitle: "Eleven unexpected guitar pieces by Hans Reichel." On a self-created type of electric guitar, Reichel generates tones that evoke not just guitars but also organs, harpsichords, and chimes. It's a one-of-kind palette that married to startlingly lucid compositions. Recommended!
"Bonobo is a fascinating solo album. The illustration on the back shows how it’s done: saw the necks off two guitars and throw the bodies in the garbage. Join the two necks together over a set of pickups to make one long neck and amplify it very loudly. The sound Reichel creates from this is like a combination of acoustic and electric guitars, organ, harpsichord and chimes, and includes the effects of string noise and overtones common to the electric guitar. Reichel is fond of stating a theme and elaborating upon it with trills, counter-melodies and huge, punctuating bass chords – in fact his style is very much like that of a piano player. We are lucky to have someone of Reichel’s imagination and ability to pioneer the art." -Coda Magazine
"The new album shows how his technical, playful and stylistic approaches have improved and been consolidated. It preserves his simplicity and merges it with elements of style, naive enthusiasm, and a sense of assembly and disassembly of various moods." -Jazz Podium
Hans Reichel: guitar
Recorded by Jost Gebers in October 1975 in Berlin, except for # 6 which is recorded by Joachim Ehrig in July 1975 at Conny's Studio in Neunkirchen.
CD mastering by Olaf Rupp.
Produced by Jost Gebers.
Cover design by Hans Reichel.
Photographs: front by Petra Osvatic, back by Hans Reichel.
The music is heard as it was played, with the exception of "Bonobo II," which employs 3 or 4 tracks.