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(FMP CD 36)
A rare item in the Reichel catalog, this duo album features collaborations with two remarkable guitarists. First, Reichel and Fred Frith create a series of compelling explorations of texture and space. The final track is a stunning 35-minute session with Japanese guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi. Their seamless interplay conjures a wide variety shimmering moods, moving between ambient beauty and electric intensity.
1-9: All music by Frith/Reichel
10: All music by Uchihashi/Reichel
released September 30, 1991
All Music Guide: 4 Stars
Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD: 3 ½ Stars.
"Hans Reichel is truly one of the originals of the guitar. This was apparent from his first release on FMP. The unorthodox guitars of his own construction are indicative of a player with a limitless imagination. Reichel has mainly recorded solo. So this set of duets is particularly welcome. Frith and Reichel are kindred spirits. Their duets consist of edited highlights of a concert but they are well chosen. For the most part these are industrial strength duos played with a demonic ear shredding vigor. That’s not to preclude musicality. It’s just that the listener must steel him/herself for some surprisingly aggressive music. The duet with Uchihashi is one long extended piece. It is astonishing, full of synchronous interplay. It’s a well modulated performance taking the listener through passages of drenching feedback, spaced electronics, shimmering intensities and, hell, even about 20 seconds of rock posturing. Uchihashi is as good a match for Reichel’s imagination as Frith."
"The inventor and crown prince of the daxophone, Hans Reichel appears here in two distinct pieces as duets with two very different kinds of musicians, both of them guitarists. The first, "Stop Complaining", with longtime collaborator Fred Frith, is a study in the sonics of feedback as it relates to durational space. As Frith pushes the context of his six-string to the edge of what can be controlled with feedback — Reichel pushes the dax into a kind of mantra overload, repeating sequences over and over, altering the pitch of the feedback slightly to make room for more tones inside the small timbral space allotted by the improvisation. All manner and type of feedback are explored, making Jimi Hendrix's controlled efforts seem tame. It's remarkable, really. The work "Sundown," with Japanese guitar maven Kazuhisa Uchihashi, is one 35-minute work of such transparent beauty and changing modes it's impossible to pin down which direction it will shoot for next: will we be exposed to pastoral polytonal dialogue, Dadaist carnival music, ambient drones? It's enchanting."
- Thom Jurek, All Music Guide
"'Sundown' is a 35-minute chunk out of Reichel’s duet with Kazuhisa Uchihashi at the Big Apple in Kobe. Much more melodic, less ferocious than the session with Frith, it’s still a long way off from George Benson. The overall coherence of the performance and the consistently fruitful interplay between Reichel and Uchihashi is impressive. All in all the album can be recommended to enthusiasts of free music."
- The Wire
Hans Reichel Duets with Fred Frith & Kazuhisa Uchihashi
Fred Frith: guitar, voice
Hans Reichel: guitar, daxophone
Kazuhisa Uchihashi: guitar
Reichel & Frith recorded live by Holger Scheuermann and Jost Gebers on June 30th, 1990, during the Workshop Freie Musik at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.
Reichel & Uchihashi recorded live by Ken Imamura at the Big Apple Live-Spot in Kobe, Japan.
Mixed by Jost Gebers.
Mastered by Jonas Bergler.
Produced by Jost Gebers.