Sunday, January 14, 2018

CLARKE / COREA / HENDERSON / HUBBARD / WHITE – The Griffith Park Collection 2 In Concert (2LP-1983)




Label: Elektra Musician – 96-0262-1
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: Germany / Released: 1983
Style: Hard Bop, Post Bop, Contemporary Jazz
Recorded Live April 3, 1982 at the Circle Star Theater, San Francisco
(US release: Elektra Musician ‎– 60262-1-I )
Cover [Painting] – Edward Hopper
Photography By [Back Cover] – Andrew Su
Photography By [Freddie Hubbard] – Ron Slenzak
Executive-Producer – John Smith
Produced by – Lenny White
Producer [Production Consultant] – Jeffrey Weber
Mastered By – Bruce Leek
Other [Administration] – Norva Smith
Liner Notes – Lenny White
Art Direction – Norm Ung/Design
Edited [Digital] by – Jeffrey Weber, Jim Wolvington, Tom MacClusky
Matrix / Runout (Side A Etching): EM-96-0262-1 A-2 -ST
Matrix / Runout (Side B Etching): EM-96-0262-2 B-1 -ST
Matrix / Runout (Side C Etching): EM-96-0262-3 C-1 -ST
Matrix / Runout (Side D Etching): EM-96-0262-4 D-1 -ST

A  -  Why Wait  (Stanley Clarke) .............................................................................. 18:53
B  -  Guernica  (Lenny White) .................................................................................. 19:35
C1 - Happy Times  (Freddie Hubbard) .................................................................... 12:30
C2 - October Ballad  (Chick Corea) ......................................................................... 14:36
D1 - I Mean You  (Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk) ........................................ 11:51
D2 - Here's That Rainy Day  (Johnny Burke, Jimmy VanHeusen) .......................... 12:22

Personnel:
Freddie Hubbard – trumpet, flugelhorn
Joe Henderson – tenor saxophone
Chick Corea – piano
Stanley Clarke – bass
Lenny White – drums, percussion

Manufactured in Germany by Record Service GmbH. ELEKTRA MUSICIAN 96-0262-1, Stereo. Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra/Asylum Records.



Realizing the wealth of talent that had assembled, Bruce Lundvall at Elektra/Musician asked for an album featuring just the instrumentalists. The Griffith Park Collection opens with White's "L's Bop," a 60's Blue Note paean showcasing some vintage Hubbard hornwork that evokes those sunny days when Blue Note producer Alfred Lion was repeatedly capturing the blinding brilliance of an era. Clarke's "Why Wait" is a blues that sneaks up barefooted as the bassist strums a slow amble of a walking rhythm, White riding a cymbal step-for-step, Hubbard and Henderson blowing sweet unison notes and somehow managing to create the additional harmonic of a trombone between them, when Corea's aggressive comping style finally gives the meter a push and Henderson punches a full-throated solo with his thick, unmistakable copper-and-zinc tone. A little over a minute into it when White bounces a snare roll that introduces the chorus' arrival like the low roar of an incoming tide, the boys are swinging so hard that you can feel it in your body...





... This is a stunning live recording. Magically resurrected from a soundboard cassette of one of the shows during the group's five day California tour, Griffith Park Collection 2: In Concert starts with "Why Wait," this time at a slightly slower tempo that seems to open up the arrangement and allow the soloists room to swing even harder. Like wanderers returning to their home hearth, they play with a mounting sense of urgency and passion as the night wears on, pursuing the music like it was the source of life itself.
Stalwart rhythm aces White and Clarke could both have turned in longer and more frequent solos, but this particular night they were largely content to lay down strong-shouldered support for the incendiary energies of Hubbard, Henderson and Corea—three players bursting with energy and clearly in a mood to solo on some unrestrained bop. Especially Hubbard.
These guys were certainly ready for something. Without preamble Hubbard starts by blowing a series of runs that sound like cascades of sparks sprayed from an arc welder's torch (it's tempting to imagine the other players wearing protective goggles as they watch him intently.) No question, Hubbard's unbridled, over-the-ramparts approach might have had a daunting effect on another stage, but on this spring evening it leads the charge and sets a standard. Each player's solo invites the next until it is clear that each is ready to take full advantage of this rare opportunity. White's "Guernica" is an unforgettable, hair-raising blowing session that evokes the passionate emotional landscape of that war-torn Spanish city. Hubbard's flashy, headlong bopper "Happy Times" is followed by Corea's tone poem "October Ballade," and then it's back to the races with a hard-driving "I Mean You," and finally a gently swaying "Here's That Rainy Day" with a handful of lyrical flourishes from Hubbard to close things out.
(Review By CARL L. HAGER)


The world's greatest musicians? Who knows... What is certain is that the kind of mastery and dynamic synergism on display in these performances comes from musicians who possess that exceedingly rare ability to listen as well as they blow. As Lenny White said when asked about his composition "Guernica": "When you write for musicians like this, all you need to do is give them a few notes and let them play."



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Thursday, December 28, 2017

KLAUS WEISS QUINTETT / CLIFFORD JORDAN – Live At Opus 1 (2LP-1988)





Label: Jazzline – JL 20830, Delta – JL 20830
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: Germany / Released: 1988
Style: Contemporary Jazz, Improvisation
Recorded live by Christian Sodl at "OPUS ONE" Wien-February 9,1987.
Coverdesign – A. Backhausen - Köln – Foto: ZEFA
Executive Producer – Paul Polansky
Recording Engineer – Christian Sodl
Digital Mastering – Wolfgang Meyscheider / Tonstudio Kraus München
Photos – Max Mühlherr / P. Brunner
Matrix / Runout (Side A): DMM JL 20830-1 A-1
Matrix / Runout (Side B): DMM JL 20830-1 B-1
Matrix / Runout (Side C): DMM JL 20830-2 C-2
Matrix / Runout (Side D): DMM JL 20830-2 D-2

Note:
An ORF Production Recorded / Live at Opus One,Vienna, Austria
Audiophile Pressing - ADA Extended Version ________ OUT OF STOCK
DMM Direct Metal Mastering
Copyright DMM: Teldec
Deutsche Pressung - German Pressing
℗1988 – Ein Produkt der DELTA-Music GmbH

A1 - Blue'n Boogie  (Dizzy Gillespie) .......................................................................... 6:03
A2 - Eye Witness Blues  (Clifford Jordan) ................................................................. 11:12
B1 - Lush Life  (Billy Strayhorn) ................................................................................. 9:00
B2 - Highest Mountain  (Clifford Jordan) .................................................................... 8:48
C1 - L.A.Calling  (Isla Eckinger) ................................................................................ 12:32
C2 - Lover Man  (Roger Ramirez) .............................................................................. 5:38
D1 - Don't Get Around Much Anymore  (Duke Ellington) ......................................... 13:03
D2 - Una Noche Con Francis  (Bud Powell) ............................................................... 4:26

Personnel:
Clifford Jordan – tenor saxophone
John Schröder – guitar
Roberto Di Gioia – piano
Thomas Stabenow – bass
Klaus Weiss – drums, percussion

Delta Music is German label founded 1970 by Philippe Sautot and Dr. Jürgen Moll. Located in Großkönigsdorf / Frechen near Cologne.




... In the first half of the 1970s, Klaus Weiss worked with the Horst Jankowski Sextet, the trio of former Mingus saxophonist Bobby Jones and the Eugen Cicero Trio. From 1975 to 1977 he toured with Mal Waldron and with the Dusko Goykovic Big Band and then, between 1978 and 1983, Weiss led a quintet which featured various guest soloists, including Sal Nistico, Roman Schwaller, Clifford Jordan and Andy Scherrer. He also played with Catalan pianist Tete Montoliu, with Eddie "Lockjaw Davis" and with the WDR and NDR big bands.

In the 1980s toured with Clifford Jordan and Horace Parlan, played with multi-instrumentalist Jerome Richardson and toured with his new quintet. In 1984 he recorded a big band album, "Lightnin' " which was nominated for the Süd West Funk Jazz Prize...

... In a highly varied career, Klaus Weiss has made 17 albums under his own name, with formations ranging from trio, quartet, quintet and sextet to full orchestra, and has appeared on numerous other albums as a sideman.

Weiss's musical philosophy is that good jazz music - which means jazz played by consummate professionals who have a powerful rapport with one another and the same sense of musical direction - is a highly durable music. He says: "Count Basie's music will still be up to date 50 years from now."

It is significant that Klaus himself defines his approach to drumming as directly derived from some of the great American drummers which he began listening to in the early 1950s.
Says Klaus: "For me, the essence of great jazz drumming was epitomized by those giants, like Big Sid Catlett, Klook, Blakey, Buddy and Philly Joe. These have all been listening drummers, each with his own personality, but having in common a great ability to swing, to generate excitement, and to stimulate the soloists. And besides their sound and way of playing, I got really interested in the American drum rudiments because, as I discovered at the time, all great American drummers know and use those essential rudiments - but few of the European drummers in the fifties seemed to have assimilated these elements - at least, to my ears." ...


With this gorgeous double album I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Enjoy!..... Cheers !!!!!!!



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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

B. PETROVIC'S NONCONVERTIBLE ALL STARS – Swinging East / Recorded Live At The Berlin Jazz Festival (LP-1973)




Label: MPS Records/BASF – 21 21282-3
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: W. Germany / Released: 1973
Style: Contemporary jazz, Big Band
Recorded on November 4, 1971 at Berlin Jazz Festival, W. Germany.
Also on label PGP RTB ‎– LP4345 (Yugoslavia)
Design – MPS-Atelier
Photography By [Cover] – Ralph Quinke
Photography By [Inside And Reverse] – Hans Harzheim
Liner Notes [English Translation] – Andrew Carnegie
Liner Notes [German] – Peter Baumann
Producer – Joachim E. Berendt
Matrix / Runout (Side A): 1<¬ 0666 15B S1 2121282 3 S1 ℗1973
Matrix / Runout (Side B): 1<¬ 0666 15B S2 2121282 3 S2 ℗1973

A1 - Balkan Blues ................................................................................................. 14:40
        (Written-By – Bosko Petrović)
A2 - Sigo's Garden ............................................................................................... 10:30
        (Written-By – Bosko Petrović)
B  -  With Pain I Was Born .................................................................................... 20:45
        (Folksong , Arranged By – Bosko Petrović)

Musicians:
Bosko Petrović – vibraphone, flute [darmarofon], goblet drum [tarabrooka], marimba
Ozren Depolo – alto saxophone, bass clarinet
Dan Mandrila (Mîndrilă) – tenor saxophone
Salko Mujićić – flute, alto-flute, piccolo flute
Simeon Shterev – flute
Michał Urbaniak – electric violin
Tihomir Pop Asanović – organ
Aladár Pege – double bass
Miljenko Prohaska – electric bass
Ratko Divjak – drums

German pressing / MPS Records/BASF – 21 21282-3_____Out of stock –  (never on a CD)

Note:
Darmarofon as played by Bosko on track B1 is a custom made wooden flute from Istria (now part of Croatia & Slovenia) with a sizable mouthpiece and two reeds producing a multiphonic sound.



Recorded Live at the 1971 Berlin Jazz Festival, Swinging East is testimony to jazz’s ability to cross over international boundaries. Representing various Communist Bloc countries, the musicians were all-stars in their own lands, and three of the players, Croatia’s Bosko Petrovic, Polish violinist Michal Urbaniak, and Hungarian bassist Aladar Pege, gained international fame. Czech flutist Jiří Stivín and Polish violinist Zbigniew Seifert were originally billed for this unique concert but due to difficulties with the officials in their countries they couldn’t travel to Berlin.

Based on a melody from the Kolo, an old Serbian folk dance, Balkan Blues starts off in 7/4 then swings into a slow blues with emotive solos, and Pege’s virtuoso bowed bass. There’s a Latin and funk feel to Sigo’s Garden, with fine flute solos and Bosko’s warm marimba play. Based on an Macedonian folk song, With Pain I was Born to Live fluctuates between a 7/4 and 4/4, with a beautiful section in which Bosko improvises on the tarabrooka, a traditional Macedonian drum, accompanying a short flute solo that captures the timeless Balkan soul. A fascinating mix of jazz and East European folk.


To pretty brian  Enjoy!



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FRIEDRICH GULDA TRIO – Fata Morgana / Live At The Domicile (LP-1971)




Label: MPS Records – 21 20886-9
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: W. Germany / Released: 1971
Style: Fusion, Modal, Cool Jazz
Recorded Live at the Domicile, Munich, April 1971.
Design – Bernhard Wetz
Photography By – Franz Hubmann, Sepp Werkmeiste
Engineer – Willi Schmidt
Liner Notes – Ulrich Olshausen
Producer – Willi Fruth
Distributed By – BASF
Matrix / Runout (Side A): 0654 987 S 1
Matrix / Runout (Side B): 0654 987 S 2

A1 - Sunshine .................................................................................................... 8:36
A2 - Im Wald ...................................................................................................... 8:29
A3 - Encore ........................................................................................................ 5:26
B  -  Fata Morgana ........................................................................................... 17:58
        a) - Part 1: Die Wüste
        b) - Part 2: Die Oase
        c) - Part 3: Tanz

All compositions of Fritz Pauer

Personnel: 
Friedrich Gulda – pianoelectric piano
Fritz Pauer – electric piano, piano
Klaus Weiss – drums, percussion

Classical and jazz pianist and composer, Friedrich Gulda was one of Austria's premiere pianists. Born in Vienna in 1930, Gulda started piano lessons at the age of seven. When he was 12, he enrolled in the Vienna Music Academy, and four years later received first place in the Geneva International Music Festival.




In 1949, Gulda toured Europe and South America, earning international acclaim for his treatments of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven, and the following year he successfully debuted at Carnegie Hall. Gulda became more involved in jazz from 1951 on, when he improvised with Dizzy Gillespie following a performance with the Chicago Symphony. Five years later, Gulda played his first American jazz concert at Birdland (N.Y.C.), followed by a performance at the Newport Jazz Festival. After this, Gulda formed the Eurojazz Orchestra, a jazz combo and big band which drew from both jazz and classical compositions. In 1966, ten years after his Birdland appearance, Gulda organized a modern jazz competition in his native city. He was awarded the Vienna Academy's Beethoven Ring in 1970, but later returned it to protest what he regarded as a constricting educational system. This only reinforced the public's perception of Gulda as an eccentric...
_ Review By Joslyn Layne

This live 1971 recording includes Friedrich and second pianist Fritz Pauer both on electric and acoustic pianos, plus drummer Klaus Weiss. It's a cross between aspects of jazz, fusion and contemporary music.



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Saturday, December 2, 2017

DANIEL HUMAIR / GORDON BECK / RON MATHEWSON ‎– Morning! (Musica Records – MUS 3009 / LP-1975)




Label: Musica Records – MUS 3009
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: France / Released: 1975
Style: Modal, Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded at Fontana Studios in Milan, Italy in January 1972.
First recorded on label: Dire – FO 341 / Released 1972 / Country: Italy
Design – Studio Chouette
Photography By – Lucille Whan Humair
Composed By – Gordon Beck, Daniel Humair, Ron Mathewson
Producer – Alain Boucanus
Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): MPO MUS 3009 A
Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): MPO MUS 3009 B

         MORNING !
A1 - 1er Movement ............................................................................................... 12:10
A2 - 2e Movement .................................................................................................. 5:10
         (D. Humair / G. Beck / R. Mathewson)
         SUITE 5
B1 - 1er Movement ................................................................................................. 8:20
B2 - 2e Movement .................................................................................................. 5:45
B3 - 3e Movement .................................................................................................. 4:50
         (Gordon Beck)

GORDON BECK – piano
RON MATHEWSON – bass
DANIEL HUMAIR – drums, percussion

Originally recorded at Fontana Studios in Milan, Italy in January 1972 and subsequently released on the Italian Dire label on LP the same year. 



Recorded during a tour of Italy with Phil Woods, the European Rhythm Machine, consisting of Gordon Beck, Ron Mathewson and Daniel Humair, recorded this entire album in the course of one morning. The album features two long compositions; on the first page of vinyl "Morning!", composed by Gordon Beck, Ron Mathewson and Daniel Humair performed in two movements and on the other side "Suite 5", composed by Gordon Beck performed in three movements followed by the track.



Easily overlooked as a piece of obscure 1970s Britjazz nostalgia, and short and sweet at 36 minutes, this is an Italian recording of two suites that pianist Gordon Beck conceived with bassist Ron Mathewson and drummer Daniel Humair in 1972. It is short, but far from insubstantial.
The propulsive rhythm section of what at that time constituted the Phil Woods Rhythm Machine gets two extended workouts, all recorded in one morning while on a European tour. It would be fine to cite the Bill Evans primer as a major influence on Beck, but it would be selling him short. The breadth and diversity of ground covered in this session is astounding, from gorgeous postbopflurry to sparse and razor-sharp post-Webernianpointalistic free jazz. None of this should come as any surprise, Beck having worked previously with the incredible and irrepressible timbral powerhouse Tony Oxley. In other hands, such forays into experimentation might come off as mere flirtations, but the trio is obviously so comfortable with every gesture, composed or otherwise, that the album coheres beautifully and seamlessly.
In the first track "Morning!" Humair takes a driving solo that quickly turns funky and everyone follows suit with alacrity. Morning sometimes sounds like Herbie Hancock baiting Tony Williams in Miles's 1960s band before it becomes an astonishing collective improvisation, Beck's steel-hard chords calling and responding to Humair's chattering snare and lashing rimshots.
Suite 5 reflects Beck's immensely sophisticated grasp of the alternative implications of Bill Evans - his faultless timing of the turn of a fast phrase is always startling, and there's an unexpected amount of free-improv. About half way through the track, when freer terrain is traveled, Daniel Humairs brushwork is complemented beautifully by Ron Mathewsons effortless fast slides and runs on bass. Eventually, Beck can be found inside the piano, Humair and Mathewson bowing and scraping along with him. But there's a wide span leading from piano-led tunes, recognisably from the same pen as those on "Gyroscope", to free group improvisations that are exciting but not wild.

Review by MARC MEDWIN, All About Jazz, New York



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THE WOLFGANG SCHLÜTER COMBO – Hangover (PIL 9038 / LP-1977)




Label: Peer International Library Limited – PIL 9038
Also on: Southern Library of Recorded Music - MQLP 9038
Series: Contemporary 9000 –
Format: Vinyl, LP / Country: UK / Released: 1977
Style: Contemporary Jazz, Avant-garde, Modal
Recorded at PEER - SOUTHERN STUDIOS, Hamburg, W. Germany
Design [sleeve] – Jack Mooring
Engineer – Frank Reinke
Producer – John O'Brien-Docker
Composed By – Wolfgang Schlüter
Matrix / Runout: PIL–9038.A–IV
Matrix / Runout: PIL–9038.B–2C

Very rare Peer International Library Limited – PIL 9038, LP from 1977 (UK). This is a great Jazz, LP with a soulful groovy feel.  Nice use of Vibes! ____ Sold out! –  (never on a CD)

A1 - Hangover ................................................................................................... 11:07
A2 - Consensus .................................................................................................. 4:39
A3 - Sun Up ........................................................................................................ 4:38
B1 - Dance Of The Dinosaurs ............................................................................ 7:57
B2 - Time And Tide ............................................................................................. 5:20
B3 - Thirst ........................................................................................................... 5:10

Personnel:
Wolfgang Schlüter – vibraphone, percussion
Leszek Zadlo – soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute
Jan Tolf – guitar
Rob Franken – keyboards
Lucas Lindholm – bass
Alex Riel – drums, percussion




Wolfgang Schlüter, a jazz fusion vibes player, in the vein of Dave Pike. His Wolfgang Schlüter Combo album HANGOVER is notable for the Brave New World, connections of Lucas Lindholm and John O'Brien-Docker (as producer), I mean their collaboration on the 1972 album - Impressions On Reading Aldous Huxley (Vertigo ‎– 6360 606). Here really goes well with rather easy listening moody jazz-fusion with Leszek Zadlo's saxes as the main solo instruments and Schlüter's cool vibes a close second.



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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

JASPER VAN'T HOF's PORK PIE feat. CHARLY MARIANO – Transitory (MPS Records – 0068.125 / LP-1974)




Label: MPS Records – 0068.125
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress / Country: W. Germany / Released: 1974
Style: Jazz-Fusion, Jazz-Funk
Recorded at Conny's Studio Neukirchen, Germany, May 17 & 18, 1974.
Cover, Photography By, Design – Frieder Grindler
Photography By – Hans Harzheim, Kira Tolkmitt
Liner Notes – Achim Hebgen
Recorded By – Conny Plank
Producer – Achim Hebgen
Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched): 0701610 S1
Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched): 0701610 S2

A1 - Epoch  (van't Hof ) ......................................................................................... 7:40
A2 - Transitory (Part 1)  (van't Hof ) ...................................................................... 4:42
A3 - Transitory (Part 2)  (van't Hof ) ...................................................................... 4:02
A4 - Angel Wings  (Catherine) .............................................................................. 5:23
B1 - Pudu Kkottai  (Trad.-Mariano) ....................................................................... 8:05
B2 - Something Wrong  (van't Hof ) ...................................................................... 2:44
B3 - Bassamba (Part 1)  (Jenny-Clarke) ............................................................... 2:51
B4 - Bassamba (Part 2)  (Romano)....................................................................... 4:39
B5 - March Of The Oil-Sheikhs  (van't Hof ) ......................................................... 3:10

Personnel:
Jasper Van't Hof – electric piano, organ [prepared], grand piano, celesta
Charlie Mariano – soprano / alto saxophone, flute, bamboo, nagaswaram
Philip Catherine – electric / acoustic guitar
J.F. Jenny-Clarke – bass
Aldo Romano – drums / percussion
Ivanir "Mandrake" Do Nascimento – congas, pandeiro, tambourine, agogô, bells

LP MPS-BASF/ 21 22099-0, MPS Records – 0068.125 (Original German Pressing), cult label
Gatefold sleeve. Black label MPS dist. by Metronome.
(track A3 dedicated to Peter Trunk)

Dutch keyboardist / composer Jasper van`t Hof was one of the most prominent young Jazz musicians on the European scene in the late 1960s / 1970s and a pioneer of the new European Jazz, which emerged like a Phoenix on the ashes of the stagnant Jazz tradition. A founding member of the legendary Association P.C., van`t Hof left the group in 1972 (to be replaced by Joachim Kühn) and a year later formed his own ensemble Pork Pie (the name being a tribute to a famous Lester Young tune) with four other excellent musicians: the veteran American (but resident in Germany) saxophonist Charlie Mariano, Belgian guitarist Philip Catherine, French bassist Jean-Francois Jenny-Clark and Italian (but resident in France) drummer Aldo Romano. The group recorded a couple of albums on the legendary German MPS label, of which this was the first. The group played a completely innovative music, which moved freely between genres and included Free Jazz, Jazz-Rock Fusion, Psychedelic and World Music elements. All five members of the group were splendid musicians, blessed with virtuosity and inspiration, and the rapport between them was phenomenal.




Mariano's arrangement of "Pudu Kkottai"—a traditional North Indian song expanded into free territory while retaining ethnicity through use of bamboo flute and nasal double-reed South Indian nagaswarama—seamlessly fuses serpentine linearity with more turbulent undercurrent, harmonic density and a surprising blend of acoustic and electric instruments. Jenny-Clark's "Bassamba (Part 1)" is a freewheeling bass-drums duet that leads into Romano's "Bassamba (Part 2)," which refers more clearly to its namesake, a potent samba beat turned into something else by van't Hof's electric piano and Mariano's effervescent alto. Catherine's one solo spot is his own "Angel Wings," a dark Mahavishnu-like energy creating a modal backdrop for the guitarist's overdriven tone, juxtaposed with a paradoxically beautiful layered flute theme by Mariano that unexpectedly fades out.
The rest of the writing belongs to van't Hof, including the rock-inflected "Epoch," which sets the stage for Pork Pie's greatest differential. Few, if any, fusion bands of the time were using electric bass as their foundation, but Jenny-Clark didn't need 1,000 watts to create an energetic pulse; nor did Romano need a dozen rack toms to push forward with a perfect combination of groove, elasticity and unfettered freedom. At a time when keyboards and guitars ruled the day, Mariano's saxophone was a welcome contrast, while van't Hof's solo acumen and avoidance of synthesizers was refreshing, while never diminishing the group's potency.
But Transitory's high point is the two-part title track. Orchestral in scope despite limited instrumentation, van't Hof's strength as a textural player, comfortably blending impressionistic writing with freer concerns, is in full force. "Transitory (Part 2)" is a marvel of color and timbre—how Weather Report might have sounded in its early days had Wayne Shorter been a more assertive foil for Joe Zawinul's expansive arrangements. A minor classic finally receiving its due, Transitory proves that as American fusion was leading towards its inevitable implosion, a distinct lack of ego was keeping it alive and well elsewhere in the world.

This album sounds today as advanced and oracular as it did at the time of the recording, losing nothing of its freshness, a true timeless masterpiece. The Brazilian percussionist Ivanir “Mandrake” Do Nascimento appears as a guest on some of the tracks and adds his magic to the mix. In retrospect this is a superb example of what was happening on the European Jazz scene at the time, underlining the perpetual quest for new forms of expression and ceaseless search for new musical vocabulary.  (Review By John Kelman)



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