13 August 2009

Michel Portal in Kleve 1978

Continuing with the Portal series, we're now up to 1978 and a concert in Kleve in Germany. A different line-up from the earlier Portal Unit postings here:


8-May 1978
Stadthalle (WDR Jazzmeeting), Kleve, Germany
source/line-age: FM > ? > CDR (trade) > Flac (level 6) > Dime

Michel Portal: cl,sax,bandoneon,voc
Dieter Feichtner: synth
Barre Phillips: b
Pierre Favre: dr,perc

1. unidentified title 28:23
2. unidentified title 14:24
3. radio announcement 00:24

Scholleck notes that "this recording doesn't include the complete concert (but likely the complete broadcast); it is usually circulating like this, but I've seen listed a longer version (actually with 8-May 1979 as date!!)

The setlist of that version:

1. Volcan (MP,comp) 30:18 (likely track 1 in this seed)
2. Journal Violone (BP,comp) 24:50
3. Bauernfreund (DF,comp) 15:23"

The second track in the posted set here may be "Bauernfreund" which sounds quite different from the first track - not unlike a type of electronically enhanced folk music from an unspecified location - shades of the Balkans and North Africa in there - something Terry Riley might have concocted. The first track is typical Portal - more to the fore here than in earlier Unit postings with Phillips laying down a steady rhythmic backbone for Portal improv. The second track from the alternative setlist seems to be missing - a Phillips composition which wound up up on a solo bass record of the same name. And no Portal is complete without him whipping out the bandoneon - right there at the end of the last track.

Still more Portal to come (and some Francois Tusques as well)


kinabalu said...



Neroon001 said...

thank you very much for sharing this show,MP is one artist on the top of my list to see live if I ever get a chance,thanks again for sharing this

James Manion said...

kinabalu,I just downloaded this and both files appear to have the same 3 trks. I was informed that file 1 was a damaged archive although it showed up in archiver with prt2. Do I only need to convert part 2 to be complete or convert both and see where they fall? Sorry to bother you.

James Manion said...

kinabalu, Never mind were good.

tpfkaa said...

Can this re-up? Thanks.