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Another valuable rarity rescued from the vaults! This solo piano album by Urs Voerkel has a stellar reputation among the few lucky enough to hear it. The album has earned comparisons to Thelonious Monk, Lennie Tristano, and even Professor Longhair while clearly forging its own distinct musical path. Intrepid and addictive, it's a compelling combination of American and European idioms that still sounds fresh.
"Albums like this explode the myth that German free music is one unbroken wailing wall of sound, one endless angry scream. Urs Voerkel operates right at the other end of the sound spectrum. For a newcomer Urs has a lot of musical personality. This record reveal rare qualities; among them strength of character and acute individuality. Voerkel has the kind of touch that Monk used to have. His music is like some brilliant dialectical essay where disparate hypotheses crystallize, in a conclusion of real profundity. He also swings – in a curiously original stop/go halting manner. 'S’Gschänk,' the solo record, suggests he has listened to every early jazz pianist and stolen from the best of them – Jelly Roll, Longhair, Fats, Pinetop Smith. Such influences are shot through with an obvious classical technique and brought kicking and screaming into the Seventies with knowledge and understanding of most of the possibilities of free music added for good measure." - Steve Lake, Melody Maker
Urs Voerkel: piano
Recorded by Jost Gebers on May 10th, 1976, in Berlin.
CD mastering by Olaf Rupp.
Produced by Jost Gebers.
Cover design by Elsbeth Moser.
Photograph by Paul Lovens.