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Mytha, Hans Kennel: How It All Started (Hatology)

Improvised music using traditional Alpine horn music as its roots, as performed by a quartet of alphorns, büchels, and voice.

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product information:

UPC: 752156064824

Label: Hatology
Catalog ID: Hatology648
Squidco Product Code: 8874

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardstock foldover
Part I recorded September 1991, Zürich-Altstetten by Peter Pfister. Part II recorded April 1993, Witten, Germany by Michael Peschko and August 1993, Zürich-Altstetten by Peter Pfister.


Hans Kennel-alphorns, büchel, flügelhorn, voice

Carlos Baumann-alphorns, büchel, voice

Marcel Huonder-alphorns, voice

Bill Holden-alphorns, büchel, voice

Stefan Schlegel-alphorns

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track listing:

1. Circle 1

2. Mytha Fun

3. Waves And Whales

4. Call Of The Wild

5. Chuehreiheli

6. Alpine Clave

7. Muotataler

8. Alpine Shuffle

9. Unterwaldner

10. Habaringani

11. Circle 111

12. Alphorn Of Plenty

13. Fir Ych Vier

14. Cart Dance

15. Love

16. Snobben

17. Peace

18. Us Em Tal

19. Uf Em Jolimont
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"Extraordinary is an over-used word, but it applies to this album, and then some. The music is made almost entirely by Swiss alphorns, heavy wooden horns ten-to-twelve feet long, straight except for their bulbous curved bells, which rest on the ground, the player standing at the business end, gripping the instrument's neck with both hands and, one imagines, bringing new meaning to the word "blowhard." Alphorns look cumbersome and lumpen on an industrial scale, and it's hard to imagine them making even the most rudimentary music, let alone jazz.

But appearances can be deceptive. Although limited in range (there are no valves or keys), the alphorn produces a surprisingly soft and mellifluous tone-another mountain long horn, the Tibetan dung, made of copper, produces an altogether rougher, harsher sound-and, when played by a virtuoso, the alphorn is remarkably nimble.

Brahms and Leopold Mozart both wrote for the instrument, but so far as I know, Mytha is the first jazz band to feature it. The group was founded by the Swiss free improv and third steam trumpeter Hans Kennel in 1990 to celebrate the alphorn's legacy and, by the by, bring it into the jazz tradition. There are five players, four of whom double on the buchel, another long horn, but with a coiled construction, giving it greater range than its larger cousin. How It All Started is a compilation taken from Mytha (HATart, 1991) and Mytha Two (HATart, 1994).

[...] How It All Started-intriguing, inventive and sui generis-will reward listeners intrepid enough to give it a chance."-Chris May, All About Jazz

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