My Belated ,2 cents worth towards the Out of Print Japo thread running through these pages.
Barre Phillips is no stranger to collaborating with other bassists, This and Ecm's music from 2 bases a collaboration with Dave Holland , set a pattern for so many such future forays..
a more recent and very wonderful example being 2004's After You've gone (Victo) with, Tetsu Saitoh, William Parker, Joëlle Léandre;and Peter Kowald.
for me certainly,Phillips is/Was, the most instantly recognizable voice on the instrument of the last 40 years..(The many other note worthy candidates not withstanding).
This was the first Phillip's record i ever bought , and its still a favourite ,
despite a fondness for almost all of his work , I'm certainly most partial to those that deal in knotty, total improvisation.
This is one of those and more besides , and Because the Drummer is Stu Martin with whom he was in the trio (at the time)... a couple of tracks feature punchy grooves and thematic improvisations on simple melodic ideas ....indeed they ARE Funky!
Mostly though the music is abstract and textures open and free , with all four bassists exploring the full range of the instrument, and well beyond.
Greatly Imaginative music ,which a wrtitten review can never do justice to
.. Five unparalleled Master musicians literally Whooping it up and having a ball , a fully engaging, accessible Ride , and very beautiful conventionally so too
Also,take note this is so very far removed from what one might imagine to be merely a set of dazzling technically fascinating exercises.
Phillips &; Guy , are prolific and have many available cds .. on ECM,Maya, PSF,Cadence.. and loads of other labels ..well worth a purchase and the Exploration thereof
Barre Phillips – For All It Is
Catalog#:JAPO 60003 :Vinyl, LP ,Released:1973
A1 Just 8 7:00 ,A2 Whoop 3:50 ,A3 Few Too 5:30 ,A4 La Palette 4:00 ,B1 Y En A 5:43 ,B2 Dribble 7:13,B3 Y. M. 4:47
Bass – Barry Guy, J.F. Jenny-Clarke*, Palle Danielsson
Bass, Composed By, Producer – Barre Phillips
Engineer – Klaus Bornemann
Percussion – Stu Martin