This one was somehow prompted by a discussion in the comment section of an earlier posting where one commentator professed his admiration for the work of Michel Pilz.
So when the opptunity came to download this concert from Dime, naturally I had to take it to find out. My inclination had been in the direction of people like Michel Portal and Rudi Mahall (and we shall have both in upcoming posts), but Pilz is certainly a worthwhile addition to the premier league. I find him distinctly different - more linear, flowing if these words make any sense - not unlike Brötzmann.
Listening to this 30-minute piece, I find Mr. Pilz overshadowed by Mr. Niebergall who has a physical attack which reminds me of the great South Africans Harry Miller and Johnny Mbizo Dyani. You get the feeling that once he's through, the whole damn thing can be sold off as scrapwood.
Niebergall was in the forefront of the first generation of German free jazzers, having played with virtually anybody on the scene, including Brötzmann himself.
This particular line-up with Pilz and Uwe Schmitt on drums appears only to be documented on a 1978 release "Celeste" on the Trion label. There's one to hunt for!
Niebergall ceased making records round about 1980 and reportedly lived in recluse in Frankfurt a.M. until his death in 1990.
A short radio intro and then "Tilip", recorded at the Moers New Jazz Festival on 15 may 1978.
What's on offer here is 30 minutes plus of dynamite. Dig in!
Michel Pilz, bass clarinet
Buschi Niebergall, bass
Uwe Schmitt, drums
1. speaker/broadcast 0:25
2. Tilip (Michel Pilz) 33:30
Recorded at New Jazz Festival, Moers on May 15, 1978.