From 1972 to 1982 OM put rock music through improvisational processes with fascinating results; almost 20 years later the band is back with these superb studio recordings.
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Recorded live for Swiss Radio DRS by Martin Pearson at Jazzfestival Willisau, Switzerland, August 27, 2008. Mixed by Roli Mosimann at Kirschlab Studio, Zürich, Switzerland, summer 2009. Mastered by Adrian Steiger at chez marce-line, Luzern, Switzerland.
Urs Leimgruber-Soprano and Tenor Saxophone
Christy Doran-Electric Guitar, Devices
Bobby Burri-doublebass, Devices
Fredy Studer-Drums, Percussion
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1. Part I 3:10
2. Part II 8:39
3. Part III 3:43
4. Part IV 2:34
5. Part V 9:53
6. Part VI 7:18
7. Part VII 4:03
8. Part VIII 5:03
9. Part IX 9:18
10. Part X 5:56
11. Part XI 4:55
12. Part XII 3:22
Rock and Related
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
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"The band is cult. Because of their history and because of their playing. They took off eruptively from Lucerne into the world, and from the beginning the four musicians concocted with enormous vitality things that seems to be incompatible: the energy of rock music with the power of free improvisation. OM found a musically sensible common ground for the experiences of a young generation that had been electrified by Jimi Hendrix, fascinated by John Coltrane and inspired by Free Jazz. OM put rock music into spontaneous musical processes with uncertain endings.
OM's coming together not by chance but imperatively. Their band history lasted ten years, from 1972 until 1982, and now they're not simply continuing it after a long pause. It's more like the forces of nature are re-igniting it. With burning devotion to their playing and overwhelming lust for risk, today even more radically than ever. Unconditionally, not accepting anything but gestures of the authentic."-Bert Noglik, Liner Notes
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"Fredy Studer, drums/percussion
Fredy Studer was born on June 16, 1948, in Lucerne (Switzerland), where he also lives today. He is an autodidact. His music performances since the early seventies have been as eclectic as his freelance activities with musicians, ranging from "A", as in John Abercrombie, to "Z", as in John Zorn.
For the past 45 years, he has performed at festivals, given concerts and workshops, and recorded for radio and television, as well as music for dance productions and radio plays, theatre and film music in Europe, Africa, Japan, Central and South America, the Caribbean, in Taiwan, India, Russia and in Canada and the USA. He has been honoured with numerous prizes and awards.
Current groups and projects include: the hardcore chambermusic trio "Koch-Schütz-Studer" with Hans Koch and Martin Schütz (since 1990); "Phall Fatale" with Joy Frempong, Joana Aderi, John Edwards and Daniel Sailer; the Jimi Hendrix Project with Christy Doran, Erika Stucky and Jamaaladeen Tacuma; the revived legendary "OM" band with Christy Doran, Urs Leimgruber and Bobby Burri; the trio with Katharina Weber and Fred Frith; the band "Urumchi" with Saadet Türköz, Hans Hassler and Alfred Zimmerlin; and the percussion trio with Robyn Schulkowsky and Joey Baron. Studer also works as a freelance drummer and performs a limited number of select solo concerts.
Fredy Studer was one of the first drummers to incorporate open improvisation and grooves into his style. The specialist journal "Drums & Percussion" wrote: "... without doubt, Swiss percussionist Fredy Studer is one of the most innovative drummers in Europe..."
Fredy Studer's works and collaboration has been documented on more than 90 recordings."-Fredy Studer Website (https://www.fredystuder.ch/downloads/short-biography.html)
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