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EXCLUSIVE! FIRST-EVER DIGITAL RELEASE ANYWHERE! (SAJ-10) http://www.fmp-label.de/freemusicproduction/labelscatalog/saj10.html . DIGITALLY REMASTERED. Two albums in one -- featuring two different approaches and musical personalities, cellist Tristan Honsinger and bassist Maarten van Regteren Altena. Side A features Honsinger at his most unfettered and unpredictable, unleashing startlingly fluid cello lines alongside whoops and hollers. Side B showcases Altena's more percussive, jabbing, and patient approach -- though he's not above a cheeky duet with a metronome!
Part A: Tristan Honsinger
1 Garlic and the Fever (3:41)
2 She (13:14)
3 On Clapping (6:55)
Compositions by Tristan Honsinger.
Part B: Maarten van Regteren Altena
4 The Mute I (8:18)
5 Circles (10:25)
6 Allegretto Balinoso (3:53)
7 The Mute II (3:13)
Compositions by Maarten van Regteren Altena.
released March 31, 1977
"Tristan’s side is extremely natural. He must surely be one of the freest of players. Each of his pieces flows superbly without the slightest hint of self-consciousness or recourse to stylistic clichés. Maarten prefers small, tight, abrupt sounds - 'the short dancing drumming attack of people like Pops Foster or Wilbur Ware' - though there’s obviously much more that he can do. On 'Allegretto Balinoso' he plays a very nifty duet with a metronome, perhaps just to silence those bores who insist that free players can’t 'swing.'" -- Melody Maker
"Honsinger combines a lively technique accompanied by his vocals and coughing and a bit of slapstick." -- Cadence
"For all of these players, their work on these LPs is likely their best on record. Heard together, their approaches indicate the current level of technical/aesthetic achievement for the bass and related string instruments. Especially recommended ...[is] the Altena/Honsinger LP (SAJ-10)." -- Henry Kuntz, BELLS
Tristan Honsinger: cello
Maarten van Regteren Altena: double bass
Part A recorded live by Jost Gebers on November 7th, 1976, during the Total Music Meeting at the Quartier Latin in Berlin.
Part B recorded live by Jost Gebers on October 29th & 31st, 1976, at the Flöz in Berlin.
CD mastering by Olaf Rupp.
Produced by Jost Gebers.
Cover design and photographs by Dagmar & Jost Gebers.