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    (FMP CD 56)
    Fred Van Hove says this trio aims to create "extravagant music." And indeed, the combination of piano, trombone, voice, and occasional accordion generates unexpectedly lush textures. But what's truly extravagant here are the moments of surprise - dramatic crescendos, lyrical interludes, playful gabbling - that erupt throughout this engaging performance.
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Pars I 02:26
Pars II 00:42
Pars III 02:58
Pars IV 03:33
Pars V 04:41
Pars VI 05:44
Pars VII 04:03
Pars VIII 01:20
Pars IX 01:30
Pars X 03:47
Pars XI 01:33
Pars XII 02:53
Pars XIII 26:54
Pars XIV 04:31
Pars XV 04:29


All music by Bauer/Nozati/Van Hove.


released July 27, 1993


All Music Guide: 4 ½ Stars

"This set features three improvisers who don't see each other very often and never rehearse. They just show up for the occasional gig and make, as Fred Van Hove calls it, "extravagant music." Normal critical riffs don't apply here, as what was happening on the stage with Annick Nozati's voice, Van Hove's piano and accordion, and Johannes Bauer's trombone is really outside the real of all but archetypal language. There are noticeable emotions contained within it, in the heat of communication and the barely restrained joy of expressing what the performer thought heretofore inexpressible. And it gels in places, too, with great emotion and humor. But to call what happens here deliberate or executed from a plan would be to do it both a creative and esthetic disservice. Suffice to say, this is unlike any recording ever made, and as such it is a joy to listen to."
- Thom Jurek, All Music Guide

"Johannes Bauer's trombone sounds vital. Nozati is brilliant – funny and guttural, utterly unfey. Van Hove is persistently inventive. The trio are shocking powerful; the musicians apply their considerable knowledge with unerring focus. Big, shiny, classical recorded sound – grand piano and all – is a plus."
- The Wire

Johannes Bauer: trombone
Annick Nozati: voice
Fred Van Hove: accordion, piano

Recorded live by Holger Scheuermann and Jost Gebers on July 10th to 12th, 1992, during the Workshop Freie Musik at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.

Mixed by Jost Gebers.
Mastered by Jonas Bergler.
Produced by Jost Gebers.

Booklet: Front artwork: Marion Stille. Layout: Jost Gebers.
Photos: Dagmar Gebers


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