Monday, February 23, 2009

Karl Berger-with silence( enja lp 2022 1972)FLAC and LAME

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
enjoy!!!and if possible buy some of K.Berger's current in print records.


sotise said...



Anonymous said...

this looks very promising!! always liked karl berger, one of the few germans who made it in the states in free music, sort of.

about enja - well, the 2 owners split and now have 2 separate companies, winckelmann being the more productive, i guess. in the last years they re-issued a great many recordings from the 70s, which is fantastic! but like with many other record companies (esp. those with 3 syllables, one from berlin, one from munich!!!), there are lying many rarities in the closets to be digged out!!

thx for the digging, sotise - i like your new place "nine grey cHairs". ah yes, do you mind being linked from my blog? maybe you want it more quiet?? ;) but i guess in a short while every fella will know where the shit is...

sotise said...

Lucky .. no why would i mind..not at all... .. i'm thinking of starting a seperate page with links to favourite blogs...... (have to run it past my team-mate who is the founder of this ''m an invited guest!) this page is kind of nice and uncluttered....
i hope you like this one.. i'm very fond of KB too...and Roidinger!
Lol- fleas on the way!!!

Reza said...

No hiding place :)

Nice to see you here

Anonymous said...

Haven't heard this one--i'll have to check it out--thanks!
I think Berger's best group work in the'60s is definitely on Don Cherry's Symphony For Improvisers (along with probably Edward Blackwell's too). Absolutely essential record.
My favorite solo Berger from the sixties is 'Karl Berger & Co' (also known as Tune In with Blackwell, Carlos Ward and Dave Holland, his second solo album.) Never been released on cd--i think--and a great record!
You have a nice blog too!

sotise said...

Hey REZA .. good to see you too .. you can run ..but there's nowhere to hide eh.
this is pretty low key ..and no frills, just sharing with few friends and whowever finds us.

plato said...

Your new blow is very welcome. In case you need to sit more guest, here you have some more grey chairs ;)

This is my first download here. Thanks for the Karl Berger.

Some of the visitors here might also be interested in the following fm broadcast:
-- karl berger [1973] and music universe - berlin 73 [fm @320]
(Unfortunately the sound of is somewhat distant and a bit muddled; but the music is good.)

sotise said...

Plato... thanks for that !!

Festoonic said...

The man's music is timeless, and I can't think of any record he's made I won't want to listen to for the rest of my days (except maybe the Natalie Merchant stuff; that gets old pretty fast). I'll get "We Are You" up on my blog soon. Haven't seen it around anywhere, and it deserves to be heard.

mike said...

Great album, but the song "Flow" cuts off at around the 9:15 mark (on the VBR version, at least). Can someone please re-post this song in it's entirety? This album is very nice!

Newk said...

I also love Sato's playing during this period which was captured on a few Enja releases. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

thank you so much for this! his work at the montmartre with don cherry is beyond sublime. as far as post-bop players go, only bobby hutcherson plays at the same level. is it possible for anyone to post karl's milestone album, "tune in"? I have the radio broadcast sessions from around 1968/69 but have been looking for the complete album for some time.
Thanks again!!!