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One of saxophonists Evan Parker's favorite recordings from the long-running trio led by pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach with drummer Paul Lytton, the powerhouse free improvised "Pakistani Pomade" alubm is reissued on 180 gram vinyl with its original cover.

Schlippenbach, Alexander Von Trio
Pakistani Pomade [VINYL]

Schlippenbach, Alexander Von Trio: Pakistani Pomade [VINYL] (Cien Fuegos)
Label: Cien Fuegos    
Released in: Austria    

"[...] The sonic, textural, and even harmonic concerns of this trio are very different from, say, Anthony Braxton's quartet at the time or the Art Ensemble of Chicago. In saxophonist Evan Parker and drummer Paul Lovens, Von Schlippenbach found the perfect foils -- a pair of improvisers who had effectively cast off the relationship mantle to American jazz and free jazz. Pakistani Pomade is composed of short- to medium-length pieces, the longest of which, "Moonbeef," is ten minutes, the shortest a mere 43 seconds. What is most evident is how Von Schlippenbach's improvisational sensibility, though influenced by Cecil Taylor, had already moved off into its own type of formalism that required the breakdown of each idea into its smallest parts. Given that this is the way Parker has played from the beginning, it was a suitable expectation. [...]"-Thom Jurek , All Music

"British saxophonist John Butcher recently asked me why his music is considered jazz. Sure, it's based on improvisation. Is that enough of a qualification? There are some connections with the American avant-garde from the '60s, including atonal experiments by Cecil Taylor and expansions of the saxophone's sound by Coltrane and Ayler. But in the end, as much as we all like categories, Butcher's music does not fall into any neat bin. "European free improv" is about as close as you can get, and even that is a murky moniker at best.

The genesis of this so-called school has its roots in '70s experiments in England (and specifically London) by rotating collectives. The Continental variety drew from the tricky dadaism of the Dutch school and the more seriously expressionistic variety from Germany. (The French, for the most part, were too busy eating Brie.)

In the case of 1972's Pakistani Pomade, originally released on the FMP label, the group includes pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach, saxophonist Evan Parker, and drummer Paul Lovens. (German, English, and German, respectively. They still perform today.) The group carries a stalwart emphasis on color, texture, and density-of both the timbral and harmonic kind.

That manifests itself through the wide-ranging play of Parker, who in this case stays toward the brighter end of the spectrum, ranging from light thrusting whispers to squeaking, squawking cries. Lytton has his rare moments of linear timekeeping and outright melodicism, but for the most part he emphasizes rise and fall, twist and turn, crest and boundary.

Schlippenbach, for his part, takes a particularly oblique approach to harmony, with dense clusters and irregular intervals tending to crowd out the more open and resonant moments. As both a player and a composer, he adopts an architectural approach to sound. Three improvisers, playing as intensely and interactively as they possibly can, are barely enough to assemble the craggy structures that emerge here. So in some sense Pakistani Pomade is both a reflection of open possibilities and concerted effort."-All About Jazz

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Product Information:

Pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

UPC: 9120036681811

Label: Cien Fuegos
Catalog ID: CF 011LP
Squidco Product Code: 20502

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Austria
Packaging: LP
Recorded in Bremen, Germany, in November, 1972 by Dietram Koster. Originally issue on the FMP label.


Alexander von Schlippenbach-piano

Evan parker-saxophone

Paul Lovens-drums

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Track Listing:


1. Sun-Luck Night-Rain (5:20)

2. Butaki Sisters (9:05)

3. A little yellow (7:03)


1. Ein Husten fur Karl Valentin (3:20)

2. Pakistani Pomade (6:00)

3. Von "G" ab 403-418 (0:51)

4. Moonbeef (10:04)

5. Kleine Nulle, Evergreen (0:43)

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