Sunday, October 25, 2015

Kaleidoskop - 1974 - Kaleidoskop



01. Look and Smile
02. Being Twice, Can You Decide?
03. Those Stagge's Nights
04. Compos. Intern
05. Long Way
06. Einstand
07. Stranger Blue
08. Remember Those Lines

Peter Barkhold (tenor saxophone, vocals)
Günther Blendermann (bass)
Ulrich Framke (alto saxophone, clarinet)
Wolfgang Schmeer (soprano saxophone, flute)
Dietmar Schmidt (drums, percussion)
Wolfgang Schmidt (organ, electric piano, steel guitar)

A band with their roots in Bremen/Hannover, going back to the 1960's. It was reputedly "extraordinary soul jazz rock album with great grooves and charming careless playing" according to one source - which turned out to be not too far off the mark. Kaleidoskop played a richly textured jazz-prog that was actually quite dated for 1974, with lots of winds, and 90% instrumental, with hints of Nucleus, Xhol and Zappa/Mothers styles, but less experimental and a touch cheesy in some of the jazz breaks. The song in "Stranger Blue" takes the sound Emergency territory.

After a change in style, and a shake-up in line-up, 7 years later they resurfaced as Kaleidoskop

At the crossroad of jazz and rock, with emphasis on the latter. Sax, flute and organ lead the solo parade (there are no less than 3 full time winds players). Some inventive compositions, and the progressive rock element comes out in the unison playing, which at times is complex. Occasionally I hear same period Missus Beastly, though Kaleidoskop are definitely more jazz oriented. Side 2 features a lengthy suite, utilizing Eastern scales, that is quite interesting.