Reviews that mention Hans Reichel

February 6, 2018

Hans Reichel

Wichlinghauser Blues
Corbett vs. Dempsey CvsD CD 033

Spontaneous Music Ensemble (1968)

Karyobin are the imaginary birds said to live in paradise

Emanem 5046

Steve Lacy

Free for a Minute (1965-72)

Emanem 5210

Roscoe Mitchell (1977)

Duets with Anthony Braxton

Delmark/Sackville SK 3016

Something In The Air: Historical Free Music Documents Reappear on CD

By Ken Waxman

Arguably the most important and least understood sound of the 20th Century, Free Music which combined jazz’s freedom with noted music’s rigour, while aiming for in-the-moment creation has now been around for almost six decades. With its advances now accepted as part of the ongoing sonic landscape, long out-of-print are being reissued and reappraised for their excellence. MORE

September 10, 2011

Rastascan

Label Spotlight
By Ken Waxman

“There was never a master plan, except to release music I enjoy and promote musicians I want to help”, says Bay area drummer Gino Robair when asked why he started Rastascan records in the early 1980s and has kept it going ever since.

Over the years the California imprint, named after the term “rasters” from television technology, has put out music on CD, LP, DVD and cassette, as downloads and even on flexi-disc, with sessions featuring artists ranging from Anthony Braxton and Evan Parker to lesser-known improvisers. “Unlike many labels that take a curatorial stance or try to ‘produce’ each record, I give the artists full control over the presentation of their work,” explains Robair. “They determine the look of the graphics, the order and choice of the music, the titles of the album and pieces. That’s one of the things I’ve enjoyed most about running a label; seeing and hearing the full artistic statement that the object represents”. MORE

December 7, 2009

Marilyn Lerner/Ken Filiano/Lou Grassi

Arms Spread Wide
No Business Records NBCD 5

Vyacheslav Guyvoronsky/Andrey Kondakov/Vlaminir Volkov

Christmas Concert

Leo Records CD LR 520

Eric St-Laurent

Dimensions d'Istanbul

Katzemusik KM-01

Ganesh Anandan, Hans Reichel

Self Made

Ambiances Magnétiques AM 192

Extended Play: Musical Dialogues Reflect the Real Holiday Spirit

By Ken Waxman

Holiday-themed CDs usually have as much to do with the sentiments of good will and earthly peace underlying the season as do greeting cards. Yet without – except in one case – mentioning the season, the following improvised music sessions demonstrate the intuitive harmony which the season should reflect. MORE

December 7, 2009

Vyacheslav Guyvoronsky/Andrey Kondakov/Vlaminir Volkov

Christmas Concert
Leo Records CD LR 520

Marilyn Lerner/Ken Filiano/Lou Grassi

Arms Spread Wide

No Business Records NBCD 5

Eric St-Laurent

Dimensions d'Istanbul

Katzemusik KM-01

Ganesh Anandan, Hans Reichel

Self Made

Ambiances Magnétiques AM 192

Extended Play: Musical Dialogues Reflect the Real Holiday Spirit

By Ken Waxman

Holiday-themed CDs usually have as much to do with the sentiments of good will and earthly peace underlying the season as do greeting cards. Yet without – except in one case – mentioning the season, the following improvised music sessions demonstrate the intuitive harmony which the season should reflect. MORE

December 7, 2009

Eric St-Laurent

Dimensions d'Istanbul
Katzemusik KM-01

Vyacheslav Guyvoronsky/Andrey Kondakov/Vlaminir Volkov

Christmas Concert

Leo Records CD LR 520

Marilyn Lerner/Ken Filiano/Lou Grassi

Arms Spread Wide

No Business Records NBCD 5

Ganesh Anandan, Hans Reichel

Self Made

Ambiances Magnétiques AM 192

Extended Play: Musical Dialogues Reflect the Real Holiday Spirit

By Ken Waxman

Holiday-themed CDs usually have as much to do with the sentiments of good will and earthly peace underlying the season as do greeting cards. Yet without – except in one case – mentioning the season, the following improvised music sessions demonstrate the intuitive harmony which the season should reflect. MORE

December 7, 2009

Ganesh Anandan, Hans Reichel

Self Made
Ambiances Magnétiques AM 192

Vyacheslav Guyvoronsky/Andrey Kondakov/Vlaminir Volkov

Christmas Concert

Leo Records CD LR 520

Marilyn Lerner/Ken Filiano/Lou Grassi

Arms Spread Wide

No Business Records NBCD 5

Eric St-Laurent

Dimensions d'Istanbul

Katzemusik KM-01

Extended Play: Musical Dialogues Reflect the Real Holiday Spirit

By Ken Waxman

Holiday-themed CDs usually have as much to do with the sentiments of good will and earthly peace underlying the season as do greeting cards. Yet without – except in one case – mentioning the season, the following improvised music sessions demonstrate the intuitive harmony which the season should reflect. MORE

January 22, 2009

Schoof/Schriefl/Bauer/Reichel/Völker/Schmdtke/Raymond/Weiss

Heimat Lieder
Jazzwerkstatt 030

Unflinchingly and cheekily adopting a collection of German “regional songs” and a couple of unexpected additions as a soundtrack, the members of Heimat Lieder boldly articulate an alternate narrative for Teutonic Euro Improv.

At the same time while this collection of uncomplicated waltzes, beer-hall ditties, bellicose marches and half-remembered folk songs demonstrates that brass band literature and rural ballads shaped Germany’s free players as much as overseas influences, the CD is also memorable because the playing isn’t doctrinaire in any way. Rather than aim for musical verisimilitude, the players operate in a climate of gentle parody, expanding the quirkiness of these “home songs”, while emphasizing their connection to the shifting world of free improvisation. MORE

February 14, 2005

SVEN-ÅKE JOHANSSON

Mit dem NMUI in SO 36 ‘79
GROB 650/OBCD 10

More than an artifact, but less than a discographical revelation, this CD restores to circulation one of the Berlin-based label FMP’s few 45-rpm singles. Released in the mid-1980s, that platter contained a 12-minute selection from this concert. Restored to its nearly 78½-minute length, the full-length CD offers a peek at eight, first generation Euroimprovisers during their transition from Free Jazzers to Free Musicians.

While there are many moments of unbridled excitement and tongue-in-cheek humor here, the rational for releasing the truncated single is obvious as well. Sounding most of the time like participants in a high-class House Rent party, there are points at which it seems that the musicians really do play whatever comes into their heads. Lacking focus and clarity, you have to hear the disc as a particularized soundscape of its time -- 1979 -- and place -- Berlin. MORE

October 21, 2002

HANS REICHEL

Yuko: A New Daxophone Operetta
a l l 003

JOZEF VAN WISSEM
Narcissus Drowning
Persephone 003

Primitivism and futurism have coexisted within improvised music for many years -- consider the oeuvre of Sun Ra among others -- and this singular dichotomy continues into the 21st century. That’s the attraction of these two solo CDs by inventive string players.

On his disc, Holland’s Jozef van Wissem subverts the pre-Renaissance sound of the lute with a program of original work based on palindromes, that is verses that sound the same backwards and forwards. He also plays a special 10 course lute designed by a Toronto craftsman. Conversely, Germany’s Hans Reichel has recorded an entire operetta, where all vocal and instrumental parts are created on the daxophone, a stringed instrument of his own invention. Connoisseurs of the unique will be fascinated by both discs. MORE