Monday, February 23, 2009
Here's a great ..still unreissued album by K.Berger someone who along with Manfred Schoof ..Peter Broetzmann, Wilhelm Breuker and so on was one of the pioneers of 'free' music in europe in the mid 60's.
Most people probably now know him more as an arranger on pop albums by the likes of Jeff Buckley and Natalie Merchant.. his bread and butter so to speak .
a few jazz fans remember too that he played on some of Don Cherry's classic album's the magnificent 'Eternal Rhythm' from 1968 being the 1st that comes to mind.
He has since appeared in many contexts from free to imaginative mainstream jazz and ethno/fusions.
As a pedagogue he co founded the influential creative music studio with his wife Ingrid and Ornette Coleman.
its a pity that so many of his own earlier releases are either out of print ,or very difficult to obtain.
I like this one a great deal ..its a tough ..fairly free . hard cooking record for the most part , and features possibly the most abstract version of Igrid Berger's 'the smile' as always with this vintage the Coleman-esque melodic and rhythmic influence's are palpable.
Some may be familiar with Adelhard Roidinger through his appearance with Braxton and Oxley on the classic seven compositions for trio 1989(hat).. he deserves kudos's for his performance here, demonstrating an astonishing level of invention throughout..
I dont know much about the schizm that occured among the co founders of Enja a decade ago... but its clear that so many distinctive early gems are being overlooked.
recorded in Munich june 1972
CLICK ON THE BACK COVER TO ENLARGE IT AND READ ..THE INFO
enjoy!!!and if possible buy some of K.Berger's current in print records.