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EXCLUSIVE! FIRST-EVER DIGITAL RELEASE! (FMP S-17) http://fmp-label.de/freemusicproduction/labelscatalog/s-series17.html . This rare EP features a stellar large ensemble including Hans Reichel, Rüdiger Carl, Wolfgang Fuchs, and Sven-Åke Johansson. Culled from a longer concert, this offers up the cream of a freewheeling session that veers between focused improvs and rambunctious tunes. All killer, no filler.
"Released in the mid-1980s, this platter offers a peek at eight, first generation Euroimprovisers during their transition from Free Jazzers to Free Musicians. There are many moments of unbridled excitement and tongue-in-cheek humor here. Someone associated with rule breaking since his work with saxophonist Peter Brötzmann in the 1960s, Sven-Åke Johansson was fighting jazz’s neo-con tendencies here by taking this gig at a punk rock hangout. At the same time he and his longtime associate tenor saxophonist Rüdiger Carl subvert the punkers’ view of things by playing accordions and having the band to vamp on Swing-like melodies. NMUI also offers up barbaric yaps from other musicians whose future strategies would move them far from turbulent energy music. No doubt this CD will be valued by long-time followers of these men. Everyone can appreciate the flashes of instrumental ingeniousness."
Norddeutsches Melodie- und Improvisationsorchester
Sven-Åke Johansson: drums
Rüdiger Carl: tenor saxophone
Wolfgang Fuchs: sopranino saxophone
Radu Malfatti: trombone
Thomas Wiedermann: trombone
Hans Reichel: guitar
Norbert Eisbrenner: violin
Maarten Altena: double bass
Recorded live by an unknown engineer on April 12th, 1979, at the SO 36 in Berlin.
Mastered by Olaf Rupp.
Produced by Sven-Åke Johansson.
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