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EXCLUSIVE! (FMP CD0142) http://fmp-label.de/fmplabel/catalog2/fmpcd142.html . A strange, singular recording. It offers little in the way of melody or arrangement, but presents a unique soundworld via scratchy guitar, probing trombone feints, and assorted percussion accompaniment. For adventurous ears, it rewards close listening. . This CD was first released as part of the Special Edition FMP im Rückblick / FMP in Retrospect box set; this CD was an expanded version of the original LP [FMP 0470] from 1977 called UND? (The "plus" of the title refers to the bonus track, "Untitled?")
"...one can only marvel at the wondrous sounds these guys produced. Highly recommended."—Cadence
"From the opening scrabbled, steely scratches and hauntingly resonant breathy tones, it captures a notable transition in Malfatti's language away from the muscular free jazz he'd been playing in London and towards the hyper-focus on pitch, sound and silence of his work today. The dry, intimate recording captures the bristling textures and timbres of these improvisations with detailed intimacy, as the musicians push beyond individual extended trombone and electric guitar technique into intimate timbral explorations..."—Paris Transatlantic
"a vivid, confrontational and polysemantic form of improvisation"—François Couture
Radu Malfatti: trombone, etc.
Stephan Wittwer: guitar, etc.
Recorded by Hanno Ströher on February 14th, 1977, in Innsbruck/Austria.
Mastered by Jonas Bergler.
Produced by Jost Gebers.
Booklet design by Radu Malfatti.
Photos by Dagmar Gebers.
Layout by Jost Gebers.
Note: This CD edition compiles the LP UND? (FMP 0470) plus one bonus track, via the original session tapes.
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