Thursday, February 2, 2017

Hans Koller & Wolfgang Dauner - 1974 - Kunstkopfindianer

Hans Koller & Wolfgang Dauner 

01. Kunstkopfindianer 9:04
02. Suomi 2:34
03. Nom 6:29
04. Ulla M. & 22/8 11:50
05. Adea 6:21

Bass, Electric Bass – Adelhard Roidinger
Drums – Janusz Stefanski
Piano, Electric Piano, Synthesizer, Harp [Nagoya Harp] – Wolfgang Dauner
Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Hans Koller
Violin, Alto Saxophone – Zbigniew Seifert

Recorded 21.-23. 1.1974, Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg.
Produced by MPS Records

Probably the single most Canterbury-sounding Dauner record. Thus, it's not AS innovative as his other experimental works (ie, the period from roughly 1969 to 1978), but that doesn't mean it's not an accomplished and enjoyable album. It's just hard to see something this Soft Machine-y as particularly innovative after hearing Output or anything by Et Cetera. It's still very much worth hearing.

This is so 70s fusion it hurts, but in a good way. I can take or leave fusion, but this leans enough on the jazz side to not just be another Soft Machine album.

But it's got all the great 70s tropes, such as eastern style riffs (Nom) and a busy electric bass, plus some crazed synthesized keyboards. Oh, and the violin, can't forget that.

However, where the Mahavishnu Orchestra cling to a rock sound these guys swing, and flirt with freedom in the jazz sense.

Highly recommended.

It should be noted that most sources credit this to Wolfgang Dauner and Hans Koller, while the album title is definitely Kunstkopfindianer.



  2. Thank you so much for this album, i've been looking for it for ages. Is this a vinyl rip or a rip from the 2003 remaster?

    Thank you again.