A wonderful, very (to my ears )AACM influenced , double Lp by Swiss Composer multi instrumentalist Urs Blochlinger ... i have to confess almost total ignorance regarding his work ,
the only other thing i have even heard him on ... (played to me by a friend years ago ) is a Hat -Hut double lp called Lunatico under Werner Ludi's name , Blochlinger from memory only played on a few pieces.
This live performance is very fine ... Emphasising Mostly Blochlinger's own compositions ,though there is a surprise by way of an exellent cover of the Art Ensemble of Chicago's Ancestral Meditations on which Blochlinger plays some meaty Bass Sax .
the pieces alternate , angular post AACM free bop with ethno flavoured compositions ,and free improvisation.. side 4 is a concrete like tape montage featuring Blochlinger improvising through out.
The inventive bass and drums of Thomas Durst and Thomas Hiestand , provide much more than mere rhythmic support , Thomas Durst's Fifi and the heartbreakers also featuring Blochlingers masterfull bass sax is one of the Highlights ..
to my Knowledge this has never been reissued , and is not listed in Planisphare's recent Catalogue's .. a pity, indeed not much Blochlinger seems readily available ..
PLANISPHARE LPS-1267-3/4 1982
Urs Blochlinger -Alto, Bass& Sopranino saxes, Flute , Angklung
Thomas Hiestand -percussion
as always ripped at 48hz-24bit ... downsampled to 44-16
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