Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Changes - 1980 - Some More Changes

Some More Changes

01. Akiko
02. Hautkontakt
03. Blues Open
04. Last Chance
05. Kenny Make It
06. Yaiza

Niko Schäuble (percussion)
Matthias Loose (bass)
Joachim Litty (reeds)
Joachim Seidel (guitar)
Klaus Walter (drums)
Dietmar Peetz (keyboards)

Recall they appeared in the VA - Berlin Fusion album (despite their not really being fusion, as he pointed out in the writeup, describing it as "German jazz") along with Arakontis, Margo, and Chameleon.  Of the 4 artists, the last one is the best or most progressive. 

But I figured I should post these since I mentioned them so recently.  They are a great example of smooth, ECM-style German jazz.  Information here.  Notice the writeup of the band: "An obscure German fusion outfit featuring Wolfgang Engstfeld and Uli Beckerhoff, both formerly of Jazztrack."

Once again, the same remarks as before: the more you hear the more you need to hear.  Jazztrack was a very similar band with smooth jazz and tediously long improvisations who did 4 albums total.  I cannot say I recommend them, unless you're a straight jazz fan.

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