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Active since 1997, the quartet of Alexander Frangenheim (double bass), Roger Turner (percussion), Pat Thomas (piano & electronics) and Philipp Waschsmann (violin & electroncis) in a wildly creative cross of non-idiomatic improv flavored by the London scene.

WTTF Quartet (Wachsmann / Turner / Thomas / Frangenheim)
Berlin Kinesis

WTTF Quartet (Wachsmann / Turner / Thomas / Frangenheim): Berlin Kinesis (Creative Sources)

Label: Creative Sources    
Released in: Portugal    

"Creative Sources continues to publish Alexander Frangenheim's music extensively, most recently with Berlin Kinesis, an album by the WTTF Quartet: Philipp Wachsmann (violin), Roger Turner (percussion, also on the recently discussed in this space Blood Samples), Pat Thomas (piano), & Frangenheim. The album, recorded in August 2014, somewhat unusually for Creative Sources, features tracks with titles, and also continues (also true of Cloud Voices) the move to packaging without plastic. (Although I respect the latter, I'm not thrilled with the naked cardboard sleeves when it comes to either convenience or preservation.)

The WTTF Quartet is the result of Frangenheim's time in London in the 1990s, and indeed their first & previous album, Gateway '97 (recorded in 1997) was released (for the first time) on Creative Sources in 2013. So this is something of a reunion item, and the English trio of the quartet spent time years ago with Derek Bailey, et al. Compared to the albums Rodrigues creates & typically publishes, Berlin Kinesis features a prominent & fairly traditional piano part, and its discrete character does color the interaction: The album has a distinctly "classical" sound with its typical dodecaphonic licks & string creaking set against insistent chords. It comes off as somewhat industrial (not so unlike Anomonous, although Berlin Kinesis has no horn, and sounds more classical) in its clanks & creaks. The shifting rhythms even become clock-like at times, marking a real dual to Cloud Voices in the music of this very different quartet. I expect this album will please a broader audience, particularly people who enjoy the older English scene."-Todd McComb,

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Product Information:

UPC: 5609063403138

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs313
Squidco Product Code: 21494

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Studioboerne45 in Berlin, Germany, August 26th 2014


Alexander Frangenheim-doublebass

Roger Turner-percussion

Pat Thomas-piano, electronics

Philipp Wachsmann-violin, electronics

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Track Listing:

1. More Way 5:23

2. Take It Back 6:02

3. Little More Front 6:27

4. Less Little More 6:47

5. Slightly Front 3:39

6. Back To More 6:37

7. Front Less More Little 4:41

8. That More 9:02