Heres a fresh rip of michael smiths geomusic, recorded by smiths quartet while on tour in poland ,with the adition of a couple of polish musicians, including the great saxophonist/ violinist zbigniew Namyslowski, a prodigy who was closely associated with Komeda(to whom track 3 is dedicated,and Stanko.
This one goes out to our friend fslmy with thanks for all his great shares!
I dont know a great deal about Smith, first stumbling across his work in the throes of discovering Steve Lacy's oeuvre.
his discography i think is pretty sparse, i know of only 4 or 5 albums recorded under his own name.
As a side man in the mid 70's he recorded with both Anthony Braxton And Steve Lacy,being Lacy's regular pianist for a couple of years.
recently re-emerging(in the late 80's and mid 90's) for a couple of very good discs with Noah Howard.
This one is possibly his finest record under his own name...my favourite in any case.
saxophonist Claude bernard is good if not very distinctive ... but its the rythym section of Kent Carter and Lawrence cook, as well as Namyslowski Who light up the procedings, blowing even Smith out of the water.
One odd thing about the liner notes is that the reviewer refers to Smith's Devilish appearance!
Smith himself says 'i dont know what direction the music is going, it is going at the same time everywhere and nowhere'
recorded in Warsaw, october 1976
Michael Smith-pno, composer
Claude Bernard-alto sax
Zbigniew Namyslowski-alto sax, violin
Kent Carter-db, cello
Note this album appeared as mp3's last year at jizzrelics ..this is a rip from my own copy... a bit crackly but otherwise in pretty good nick!