Sunday, May 28, 2017

Anthony Braxton, Gunter Hampel, Jeanne Lee - 1972 - Familie

Anthony Braxton, Gunter Hampel,  Jeanne Lee 

01. Familie
02. Familie (continued)

Alto Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Clarinet [Bb Contrabass], Sopranino Saxophone – Anthony Braxton
Bass Clarinet, Flute, Vibraphone [Vibes], Soprano Saxophone – Gunter Hampel
Voice – Jeanne Lee

Recorded live April 1, 1972, Theatre du Mouffetard, Paris. Collective composition: Anthony Braxton - Gunter Hampel - Jeanne Lee.

Perhaps Hampel has chosen not to reissue this on the grounds that the original recording is so flat and one dimensional. None the less the music is quite exceptional, a largely free improvised set ..its all more or less one free floating piece. Great to hear Anthony Braxton on contra bass clarinet especially this vintage and setting... spine chilling stuff. There is an ethereal quality to this wonderfully spacious set ..that could perhaps (heresy of heresie's) have used the slightly reverby ,crisp production values of a Manfred Eicher.

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