JOHANNES BAUER / THOMAS LEHN / JON ROSE
Futch

STEVE LACY
Live at Jazzwerstatt Peitz

[Jazzwerkstatt, www.jazzwerkstatt-berlin-brandenburg.de]

Over the past year, Berlin based Jazzwerkstatt label is seemingly taking the place of FMP as the most important creative outlet for improvising musicians in Germany's capital. Since FMP has slacked in releasing new materials [and in re-issuing their extensive back-catalogue], the Jazzwerkstatt collective has seen it fit to issue new [and older] recordings that fit the mould of FMP's listening audience.
Having been around for only the last few years, trombonist Johannes Bauer, synth player Thomas Lehn and violinist Jon Rose have finally seen it fit to release their debut release. On his web-site, Jon Rose ponders the importance of "Futch". He rambles on about "Futch" and its variations as well as its importance in today's society: "When FUTCH arrived, there were people who said 'Oh there is FUTCH' as if it had always existed - that there had always been FUTCH.
You mean there was a time that could be considered pre-FUTCH?
Is it of use to anybody? Can you sell it?
Can you catch the FUTCH? These days you can never be too careful who you shake hands with. I didn't realise it was so intense - dangerous.
Wrong again. FUTCH is behavioural and not yet a medical condition. Whole populations could be infected by chronic FUTCH but it is too soon to say. As a virus, it could take over the leadership of the free world and cause a breakdown of the social will. We might forget who we are and where we are going. It could result in a breakdown in the transmission of language."
None the wiser in Rose's explanation of the Futch phenomenon, all I know is these recordings from June of last year are a worthwhile investment of the listener's time. Deriving from the German slang, "futsch" denotes someone who is gone, spoiled or simply fucked up. On first inspection, we grapple with the trombone-violin duo shifts presented by Bauer and Rose. As the shifts between the hearty trombone and the pinnacle and pointillistic violin squeaks escalate, the two are joined by the glitchy analogue synth played by Thomas Lehn. As the track moves on, the violin soundscapes are replaced by even more hearty trombone mutations that are played in tandem with synth babblings. Near the end of the first 25 minute track, Rose is found plucking the strings lightly, while Lehn's synth work is slowed down, which is when Rose enters the picture with electronics scrapes. Lehn seems to act like a glue between the polar opposites of the trombone and the violin worlds. There's much common-ground evident in all three player's work. Their interaction is flawlessly realized and immensely well played. I find this surprising considering this is a relatively young ensemble. As the disc comes to an end, I'm already a convert. Jazz, improvised music or simply new music - "Futch" rules.
When Lacy stepped onto the stage of the Peitz cinema [former East Germany] back in 1981, he was assuredly getting his life back on track. After a number of years looking for a true home, he settled down in Paris with his wife, Irene Aebi. He was playing regular gigs with his ensembles, as well as his long standing musical partner, pianist Mal Waldron. His life was full of promise. No wonder that he started his solo program on that February night in 1981 with three Thelonious Monk numbers. "Reflections" being the most gorgeously articulated, this is where Lacy has an opportunity to stretch out and showcase the work of his teacher. His soprano rarely sounded this confident and refined. On "Gallup's Gallop", he pulls a similar feat. I can't remember ever hearing a version of this Monk tune that was done in as original a way. Lacy continues to go off on tangents and makes his horn hit the highest highs with the utmost confidence and virility. On his own material, he is equally adept. When his horn squeals in consecutive order on "Wickets" and then reverts back to a melody line, you know the guy is baring his soul. He's making his horn sing, yet he's still interested in finding new ways to introduce new processes into his repertoire. Pervasive feeling of the album is joy. Lacy loves Monk's music. He loves to play his own material and this joy shows in everything that was played that night. Solo concerts are never easy for a performer. This is where they have to bare their soul and don't have the comfort of a band to drown in. Having said that, this Lacy solo disc is an unparalleled success.

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Z'EV - Metaphonics
+ Brush - Brush!?
+ Ariesta Birawa Group - Ariesta Birawa vol. 1
+ Zipps - Be Stoned! Dig The Zipps
+ Satya Sai Maitreya Kali - Apache/Inca
+ Charlemagne Palestine / Tony Conrad - An Aural Symbiotic Mystery
+ Toshinori Kondo - Fukyo
+ Max Richter - Songs from Before
+ Esmerine - Aurora
+ Jean-Luc Guionnet/Pascal Battus - Parmakli
+ Bill Horist - :Projects
+ Łukasz Ciszak - auxin
+ Tomasz Bednarczyk - Summer Feelings
+ volcano! - Beautiful Seizure
+ TR 21 - Deceased City
+ Transforma & O.S.T. - Synken
+ Reynold - La Cite d'en Haut
+ Radical Face - Ghost
+ Patrick Pulsinger - Dogmatic Sequences 1994 - 2006
+ Phelan Sheppard - Harps Old Master
+ Oblong - Indicator
+ Milenasong - Seven Sisters
+ Kapitan DA - Kapitan DA
+ Hug - Heroes
+ Housemeister - Roadmovie
+ A Hawk & A Hacksaw - The Way The Wind Blows
+ The Go Find - Stars On The Wall
+ Gescom - MiniDisc
+ Damero - Happy In Grey
+ Console - Pan Or Ama
+ Classic Cuts: Knight Action - Single Girl / Los Angeles T.F. - Magical Body / Mike Dunn - So Let It Be House / Dopplereffekt - Gesamkunstwerk
+ Christ. - Blue Shift Emissions
+ Blue Raincoat - Everything Is A Piece Of Something
+ Bloodysnowman - Bloodysnowman
+ American Gigolo III - Mixed & Compiled By Princess Superstar
+ 7 Up! - Singles Only 1978 - 1982

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+ loudQUIETloud - A Film about The Pixies DVD
+ BRENT FARISS / BILL THOMPSON - August - September
+ TOM RECCHION - Sweetly doing nothing
+ STEN SANDELL TRIO - Oval
+ MAGIC CARPATHIANS & LECHISTAN'S ELECTRIC CHAIR - Mirrors
+ WALTER & SABRINA - Chioma SuperNormal - The Dark Album
+ POSITIVE KNOWLEDGE - First Ones / JOEL FUTTERMAN / ALVIN FIELDER / IKE LEVIN - Live at the Blue Monk
+ ANTHONY BURR / OSCAR NORIEGA / CHRIS SPEED - The Clarinets
+ JESSE ZUBOT - Dementia
+ CHRISTIAN WEBER - 3 Suits & A Violin - Osaka Solo
+ HERIBERT FRIEDL - Back_Forward / BERNARD GUNTER / HERIBERT FRIEDL - Trans~
+ HORKESKART - Live in Solitude / CINC - Polyphonic Poetry
+ BOB MARSH / THERESA WONG / BRYAN EUBANKS - Luggage
+ JOHN BUTCHER / PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE - Concentric / RODRIGO AMADO / KENT KESSLER / PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE - Teatro
+ NORBERT MOSLANG / GUNTER MULLER - Wild_Suzuki / NORBERT MOSLANG - Burst_Log / MASAHIKO OKURA / GUNTER MULLER / AMI YOSHIDA - Tanker
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS / ANDREA CENTAZZO - Fire
+ RM74 - Fireproof in 8 Parts / RM74 / RLW - Pirouetten / HERPES Ö DELUXE - Kielholen
+ ÖLVIS - Bravado
+ TETSU INOUE - World Receiver / BEAUTUMN - Northing / RUDY ADRIAN - MoonWater / MARKUS REUTER - Trepanation
+ DRAKKAR SAUNA - Jabraham Lincoln
+ FLUORESCENT GREY - Lying on the Floor Mingling With God in a Tijuana Motel Room Next Door to a Veterinary Supply Store
+ HOLGER CZUKAY - Radio Wave Surfer - Good Morning Story
+ DO MAKE SAY THINK - You, You're a History in Rust
+ CLAUDIO PARODI - Horizontal Mover (homage to Alvin Lucier)
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Women of the World: Acoustic - A New Groove - One World, Many Cultures
+ BAD BRAINS - Live at CBGB 1982 - CD/DVD
>> JOHANNES BAUER / THOMAS LEHN / JON ROSE - Futch / STEVE LACY - Live at Jazzwerstatt Peitz
+ VOLCANO THE BEAR - Egg and Two Books
+ IRENE SCHWEIZER / FRED ANDERSON / HAMID DRAKE - Willisau & Taktlos
+ KOTRA AND ZAVOLOKA - Wag the Swing
+ CLINIC - Visitations
+ KUSH ARORA - Underwater Jihad
+ A WITNESS - I am John's Pancreas / PURE SOUND - Yukon
+ MONTA - The Brilliant Masses
+ SHELLEY BURGON / TREVOR DUNN - Baltimore
+ SATANICPORNOCULTSHOP - ..Aiff Skull EP
+ FRANCOIS HOULE - Aerials
+ KAZUMASA HASHIMOTO - Gllia / YASUSHI YOSHIDA - Secret Figure / MIDORI HIRANO - LushRush

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Laibach - relacja z koncertu w Palladium, Warszawa 10.12.2006
+ Singing is communication - wywiad z Marit Posch alias Damero
+ Something unique - wywiad z Mikael'em Stavostrandem (Bulgur Brothers)