Kaiser, Kaiser / Steve Parker / Damon Smith / Chris Cogburn - Nearly Extinct

SKU BPA 707
"In the mid to late 1960s, American Free Jazz travelled across the Atlantic to become free improvisation. British musicians John Stevens, Derek Bailey, and Evan Parker, and Hanover’s Gunter Christmann were among the first to move away from American jazz-based methods towards a more inclusive but non-idiomatic method of improvising. Such diverse countries as Belgium, the Netherlands, Japan and South Africa also added ideas and concepts to the global concept of free improvisation before finally traveling back to the USA.

The title and cover artwork of Nearly Extinct refers to languages or methods of improvisation that are either no longer practiced or deemed by some to be "out of style”. Featured on the CD jacket map of improvisation are such historical methods as:

AMM - AACM - SME - FMP - Vario - Trans-Museq - Global Village - SME - Cross-Cultural - Mass Projection - EAI/Onkyokei - SF Bay Area - FREE JAZZ Ayler/Coltrane/Coleman/Taylor/Ra - ICP - ISKRA 1903 - Music Improvisation Company - Toy Killers - Company - Intuitive Music - Sinawi - Aleatory - Psychedelic…

Despite many attempts over the years to state the contrary, improvisation remains a method and not a style. Nearly Extinct confronts certain methods head-on, while freely using material not commonly associated with the musicians who originally established those concepts. Henry Kaiser, for instance, brings in ideas from both transcendental Korean shamanism and ferocious psychedelic guitar musics, as well as his long-time deep knowledge of 20th century British Free Improvisation and Free Jazz. The three younger musicians bring post-AMM sensibilities and extreme attention to detail - primarily out of other British approaches from the Spontaneous Music Ensemble and Iskra 1903. All of the various methodologies represented on the CD’s cover map have been studied and grokked by all members of the ensemble, resulting in an improvisational paella of extraordinary juxtapositions and combinations of ideas and sounds, with a wider range than is usually heard in contemporary 21st century free improvisation.

The unusual sonic fidelity of this audiophile recording, made in Austin, Texas in the spring of 2015, brings all the musical layers into clear, vibrant, and colorful focus."
  • LabelBalance Point Acoustics
  • UPC888295394086
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