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First reissue of this 1986 Agaric label LP release presenting the Borbetomagus trio of saxophonists Jim Sauter and Don Dietrich with guitarist Donald Miller performing their cathartic form of free improvisation live in Zurich, Switzerland.


Borbetomagus: Zurich (Agaric)
Label: Agaric    
Released in: USA    

"The New York group that embodies the notion of avant-garde music is debatably the true heir to the concept of the free jazz of Albert Ayler and Sonny Sharrock and the minimalism of La Monte Young and Tony Conrad alike. While never falling into either avant-garde or jazz camps in their hometown, the trio's abrasive sound has more in common with European improvised music and Japanese noise. The maelstrom they created throughout the '80s via the simple trio of two saxophones and guitar may appear alienating or harsh on first listen. Much like the chaotic free jazz of the '60s, their recordings take repeated listens to reveal extraordinary details and strident intent that is forceful, enigmatic, shocking, and inventive. The title "Zurich" may imply that this was just a date recorded live and documented in the raw. It may well be just that, but don't let that imply this free improvisation does not cover some of the most deeply considered and challenging music of the '80s."-Dean McFarlane

See also special offer for Zurich and Jim Sauter & Kid Millions: Boanerges together at a discounted price.

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Product Information:

UPC: 786497042555

Label: Agaric
Catalog ID: 1984
Squidco Product Code: 17492

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel tray, not sealed.
Recorded on October 17th, 1984 by Rote Fabrik in Zurich, Switzerland. Originally released on vinyl LP on the Agaric label in 1986.


Jim Sauter-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone

Don Dietrich-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, guitar

Donald Miller-guitar

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Track Listing:

1. Fleetwood DeKooning 18:31

2. Pink Pants 3:03

3. Ohne Fleisch Loaf 4:53

4. Ms. Fisch Brotchen 5:46

5. Refried Tampons 3:50

6. Schwarma Death 8:41

7. Nein is the Loneliest Number 10:51

8. Elaine Fleetwood 22:18