Johannes Bauer

Organo Pleno

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This album could also be called "Music in 15 Parts Where Chords, Harmony, Rhythm, and Melody Don't Play a Part at All." It would be true. This set features three improvisers who don't see each other very often and never rehearse. They just show up for the occasional gig and make, as Fred Van Hove calls it, "extravagant music." He's right, of course. This music is indeed an extravagance in that it comes from an individual's unconscious, meets in that of two others, and becomes a projected collective unconscious for the benefit or detriment of whoever happens to be sitting in the audience. Normal critical riffs don't apply here either, as what was happening on the stage with Annick Nozati's voice, Van Hove's piano and accordion, and Johannes Bauer's trombone is really outside the real of all but archetypal language. There are noticeable emotions contained within it, in the heat of communication and the barely restrained joy of expressing what the performer thought heretofore inexpressible. And it gels in places, too, with great emotion and humor. But to call what happens here deliberate or executed from a plan would be to do it both a creative and esthetic disservice. Suffice to say, this is unlike any recording ever made, and as such it is a joy to listen to.

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