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EXCLUSIVE! FIRST-EVER DIGITAL RELEASE ANYWHERE! (FMP 0350) http://www.fmp-label.de/freemusicproduction/labelscatalog/fmp0350.html . This series of startling duets has been buried for too long. It features two extremely underrated musicians - trombonist Malfatti and guitarist Wittwer, who warp their instrument's trademark sounds into unusual textures and timbres. Better yet is their near telepathic interplay and ability to create continual surprises. As Melody Maker put it: "If you need an argument for the validity of instant composition in the late Seventies, Thrumblin' is probably it."
"Much of the action on “Thrumblin” takes place at disarming speed. Together the musicians weave, dodge, spin and double back. Magically, never clashing. The movement has all the breathtaking dexterity of swifts skimming over the surface of a river. At the same time, this music is never fast merely for effect. There are no cheap Mahavishnu-isms here. If you need an argument for the validity of instant composition in the late Seventies, “Thrumblin” is probably it." - Melody Maker
"The music here is very abstract, instantly composed; I believe, and yet very closely coordinated in lead and interplay between Malfatti and Wittwer. There is no ego problem here, as the close development of the music between the performers’ allows for both unity and an exchange and exploration of lead ideas." - Cadence
released December 22, 1976
Radu Malfatti: trombone
Stephan Wittwer: guitar
Recorded by Jost Gebers in May 1976 in Berlin.
CD mastering by Olaf Rupp.
Produced by Jost Gebers.
Cover design by Radu Malfatti and Stephan Wittwer.
Photographs by Dagmar Gebers.
Mary Halvorson's compositions make my head spin. As is so often the case with her work, here, she continues to twist and subvert conventional notions of melody and modality.
Her own playing is astonishingly deft, and the arrangements complex and inventive.
But there is a warmth here, too; a playful of spirit, a restlessness to continue to change and connect in new ways.
Halvorson isn't just a jazz innovator, she's fast becoming one of of the giants of new music. Michael Mueller
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