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(FMP CD 038)
This is surely the most unique item in the catalogs of jazz greats Butch Morris and Peter Kowald. The seamless blend of jazz improv, deep drones, and Eastern vocals is simply beyond category. The All Music Guide sums it up: "This is deep heart music, and it is holy, terrible, and devastating. Far past brilliant, far beyond emotionally moving, it is simply awe-inspiring."
"There are no conventional terms with which to discuss this music. This is deep heart music, and it is holy, terrible, and devastating. Comprised of 20 selections recorded over two different dates, this quartet explored the reaches of microtonal improvisation. There are no songs here, but this is all song, it's utterance so foreign to how we speak and sing to one another it is the very space that we speak and sing from, touching not only the baseness of instinct and its brokenness, but also the divine and all that is transcendent. It is far past brilliant, far beyond emotionally moving, it is simply awe-inspiring." - All Music Guide
Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD: 4 Stars.
"A superb blending of US/European talents; blend being the operative word here because for much of the time everybody stays dynamically and texturally close together; not imitating each other, but individual statements swelling out and upwards from a drone-like core, given solid cohesion by Kowald’s darkly resonant bass: Sainkho’s vocals, far from being the exotic wild card, actually highlight how far her colleagues here have travelled outside conventional notions of Western tone color and harmony." - Rubberneck
"Kowald's work, like that of all four players, is sensitively flexible and filled with nuance. Cornetist Morris’ pungent lines are extremely effective as are his air and mouthpiece gambits. Sounding occasionally like Linda Sharrock in high gear, vocalist Namtchylak mines a variety of angles – trilling vibrato-drenched glissandi, split-toned yodeling, naselish droning and susurrant lyricism – with grace, power and authority." -Cadence
Peter Kowald: double bass
Werner Lüdi: alto & baritone saxophone
Butch Morris: cornet
Sainkho Namtchylak: voice
Tracks 1-12 recorded by René Zingg on November 26th & 27th, 1990, at Soundville Studio, Luzern/Switzerland.
Tracks 13-20 recorded by Jost Gebers on July 8th, 1991, at the FMP-Studio in Berlin.
Mixed by Jost Gebers.
Mastered by Jonas Bergler.
Produced by Jost Gebers.
Booklet design/layout: Jost Gebers & Peter Kowald.
Photos: Dagmar Gebers.
Thanks for helpful assistance to the Kulturamt Wuppertal and Jannis Lyra/Athens.
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Total mastery of patience, time, and drama create a constantly engaging journey that never gets tiresome or same-y: in fact the harder you listen the better it gets! Somehow Sorey et al. find a way to combine the deep listening and spontaneous interaction of the best jazz with the sense of every tone and sound being worth a universe of listening, which could be equally from Cage and Feldman or the accompaniment to an ancient ritual.
The recording/engineering is absolutely perfect as well. Giles