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European Free improvising legend Fred Van Hove performing on piano and accordion with two bassists--fellow Belgian Peter Jacquemyn, and West Coast bassist Damon Smith--for an album of dizzying flights and growling bass turning convention on its side in sensational ways.

Van Hove / Jacquemyn / Smith
Burns Longer

Van Hove / Jacquemyn / Smith: Burns Longer (Balance Point Acoustics)

Label: Balance Point Acoustics    
Released in: USA    

"Belgian pianist Fred Van Hove is one of the architects of European free music, though his profile Stateside is unfortunately rather minimal. An early associate of German reedman Peter Brötzmann and bassist Peter Kowald, Belgian reedman Cel Overberghe and Dutch drummer Han Bennink, their collective performances in art galleries and pubs following the May '68 riots is (or should be) the stuff of legend. Following the dissolution of the trio Brötzmann/Van Hove/Bennink, the pianist and sometime organist/accordionist founded Musica Libera Belgicae (MLB) and Musica Libera Antverpiae (MLA), as well as performing frequently solo and with a variety of duo partners. Most of his recordings have been released on European labels like FMP, Saravah, BVHaast Nato, and the Belgian imprints Vogel, Kamikaze and WIMprotwee - other than Atavistic's reissues, his previous US appearance on disc are a pair of recordings (solo and trio) for the Dallas label Nuscope. Van Hove doesn't often play with American improvisers, either, but on Burns Longer, his piano and accordion are heard in a whorl of a trio with bassists Damon Smith and Belgian Peter Jacquemyn on three massive free improvisations.

One is reminded of the shattering duets that Béb Guerin and Earl Freeman wove around Clifford Thornton's cornet on "Speak With Your Echo (And Call This Dialogue)" (Ketchaoua, BYG, 1969) although Kowald and Buschi Niebergall similarly girded Van Hove's flights in the context of Herr Brötzmann's larger groups. For the sake of differentiation, Smith is on the right and Jacquemyn is on the left, the latter's chunkiness and vocal growls a powerful contrast to Smith's fleet minefields. Van Hove brings a churchy resonance to his instrument as well as splintering stabs and Jaki Byard-like runs. The oft-reviled accordion in tandem with a blistering bull fiddle duo is a heaving generator of madcap energy."-Balance Point Acoustics

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Product Information:

Label: Balance Point Acoustics
Catalog ID: BPA -2
Squidco Product Code: 21395

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard sleeve
Recorded at Achiduc, in Brussels, Belgium on Easter Sunday, 2008 by Michel Huon.


Fred Van Hove-piano, accordion

Damon Smith-double bass

Reter Jaquemyn-double basses

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Track Listing:

1. Achiduc 1 27:40

2. Achiduc 2 9:44

3. Achiduc 3 35:38

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