22 December 2008


Gunter Sommer and three old friends, or the Synopsis group who were central to an important development of the German Democratic Republic scene in the 70s. Here a decade later on what I percieve to be a mostly unknown French release on the Nato label, I was extremely lucky to find a copy in 2008 on the internet.

A snippet about the group from Heffley "...Such changes lay in the group's decision to use traditional German materials (mostly Medieval and folk) and aesthetics (lyrical, melodic, from the Romantic period) as the springboard, along the lines of Ornette Coleman's melodies, into free improvisation. They did this without the Western sense of sarcasm or irony, more with respect and affection. Unlike the West Germans, for them it was a reassertion, not a denial, of local identity beyond that imposed by the Russian occupiers, and of European roots that matched the African roots unearthed by their heroes from America."

I highly recommend it.

Ernst Ludwig Petrowsky, alto saxophone, clarinet and flute
Conrad Bauer, trombone
Ulrich Gumpert, piano
Günter Sommer, percussion

A1. Nelly Et Sylvain                     7:17   
A2. Daniel Und Seine Volvo             9:19   
A3. Makoko Aperçoit Monsieur Léon     4:44   
B1. Toute Pour Raoul                     9:16   
B2. Jiair Und J.E.                     8:34   
B3. Isabel Records Boxes             4:42

Recorded May 3 & 4, 1984 at Théâtre Dunois, Paris.

All music by Günter Sommer except B1 which is by the group.

NATO 329  (vinyl rip)


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serviceton said...

Thanks for this fslmy.
You have me with Sommer, Connie Bauer & Gumpert - Petrowsky I would like to hear more of.
This Nato release as 'mostly unknown' sounds like a fair appraisal...
The societal / contextual quote is apposite too I think..

Tantris said...

Great to see you posting here also, fslmy. Gunter Sommer's duo with Cecil Taylor from the 1988 Berlin workshop is a core reference for me, so this one os of real interest. Thanks very much indeed.

Anonymous said...

Thanks fslmy. Other recordings by these same musicians have appeared under the "Zentralquartett" group name.

Newk said...

I was coincidentally listening to those trio albums with Kowald and Smith when I opened up this page. I know I'm going to dig this.

sotise said...

this is beautiful, great stuff thanks fas, and welcome to this blog.

htakat said...

great upload and work of you ,thanks a lot !!!

jazzme said...

Merry Christmas and thx for the lp's this year , here's somethinf in return - http://www.mediafire.com/file/wmolmzvnimi/Three Blind Mice, Vol. 2 , Pt 1.zip - http://www.mediafire.com/file/0o3iizyynzz/Three Blind Mice Vol 2 , Pt 2.zip - Pt 2 of this file has a cd cover . post this if you like Steve

kinabalu said...

I have to say I really enjoyed this one. It's a bit in Willem Breuker Kollektief territory. I can't say whether there are any specific Germanic references here -though ostensible African influences are quite obvious - Jo Makoko to mention one? Some amazing piano-percussion interplay on the second piece. Yep, nice one.

Oh, and welcome to the blog, fslmy!

Anonymous said...

hey this is a marvellous record! got it from a friend a few months ago and totally loved it upon fist listen!
pretty funny but also thanks to this record i discovered the 'thelonious monk plays duke ellington' lp the one that ulrich gumpert holds!
thanks for this post!


wightdj said...

fslmy, Great post, very tasty stuff. Thanks.

Calisan said...

Great selection but, someone re-up the last file, please!! RS error

Alex Cap V said...

May you re-up gsommer-ascnsrprl28.part3.rar? Please!..

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Anonymous said...

Thank you so much!
Very grateful to you!
Happy New Year!

matt w said...

Thank you for the re-up! Happy New Year!

martin said...

Yes, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too, Onxidlib. Many thanks.

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DW said...

onxidlib, thanks!!