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EXCLUSIVE! FIRST-EVER DIGITAL RELEASE ANYWHERE! (FMP 0870) http://www.fmp-label.de/freemusicproduction/labelscatalog/fmp0870.html . DIGITALLY REMASTERED. A strange and exciting collaboration between musical masters. Abstract, precise, and incredibly forward-looking, ACH WAS!? can be heard as never before in this new, pristine edition. Suggestive of directions electronic improv would take in the coming decades, this music retains an ability to surprise, delight, and possibly confound even thirty years on.
"The brilliance of this album lies in the way it moves from electronic sound-oriented almost 'classical' probings to out-and-out hard free blowing maintaining consistent quality all the way. Thus through 'Luft Gebacken' and the title cut, the listener follows one of the pioneers of live electronics as he sets the foundation and Gumpert (inside the piano for a good deal of the time) and Malfatti (on pipapo, whatever that is) join in for engaging spacey explorations.... Respectful, sensitive, and emotive stuff." --Cadence
"While this LP finds drummer/electronic musician Tony Oxley at the more experimental end of his tether (i.e., not playing in a straight or out jazz combo), both sides have a warmth and delicacy that may make this record appealing to those typically wary of free-improvised music (though things do get a little wilder during the latter half of side 2). " -- Wm Berger, WFMU
Ulrich Gumpert: piano
Radu Malfatti: trombone & pipapo
Tony Oxley: drums, amplified violin, live electronics
Recorded live by Jost Gebers on March 28th, 1981, at the Flöz in Berlin. Music edited by the musicians.
CD mastering by Olaf Rupp.
Produced by Jost Gebers.
Cover design and photographs by Dagmar and Jost Gebers.