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Prehn, Tom Quartet: Centrifuga & Solhverv (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Two early free jazz masterpieces from 1964 never released in their day, from Danish pianist Tom Prehn and his Kvartet with Poul Ehlers on bass, Fritz Krogh on tenor saxophone and featuring drummer Finn Slumstrup, the close mic recording bring their swinging and enthusiastic music to the foreground in an adventurous album that absolutely demands to be heard!
 

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Poul Ehlers-bass

Finn Slumstrup-drums

Tom Prehn-piano

Fritz Krogh-tenor saxophone


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UPC: 608887586978

Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey
Catalog ID: CVSD 079CD
Squidco Product Code: 31064

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Track 1 recorded at Prehn's summer cottage outside Aarhus, Denmark, on August 3rd and 4th, 1964.

Tracks 2-5 recorded at the same location January 2-5, 1965.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Danish pianist Tom Prehn was one of the first Europeans to deeply explore free music. With his quartet featuring Fritz Krogh on tenor saxophone, Poul Ehlers on bass, and Finn Slumstrup on drums, Prehn recorded Axiom in October, 1963, for Sonet, though it went unreleased until 2015 because the band felt that their music had moved beyond it already.

To hear the music they were talking about, one could only turn to two privately-made reel-to-reel tapes, Centrifuga and Sohlverv, recorded in August, 1964, and January, 1965, respectively. Both sessions took place under casual circumstances at Prehn's summer cottage outside Aarhus, but the music was dead serious -- some of the most adventurous improvising yet made by a group on the continent.

These tapes have been the stuff of legend. Only a couple copies of them exist, and they're spoken of in hushed tones by folks in the know, most of whom have never heard what they sound like. The earlier recording, which consists of a single magnificent 44-minute track, is one of the group's free jazz pinnacles, with Slumstrup featured as a soloist, playing in top form, with the band building structures around his propulsive and sensitive kit-work.

On Sohlverv, which translates as "solstice," the band enters completely unknown terrain, working through a series of four sections with solos featured by each bandmember. Here Krogh reveals his incredible force as an idea generator.

As Mats Gustafsson says in his liner notes: "Close-miked percussive sax-pad treatments that swing like mad and give the music a VERY radical profile and color. I have NEVER heard anything like it."

This reissue is the product of a long process, working Prehn and with the generous and patient Center for Swedish Folk Music and Jazz Research. Mastered directly from the original reels, with notes by Gustafsson and facsimile reproductions of both tape covers. Never reissued in any form until now. Seriously, as the old adage goes, this is music that needs to be heard to be believed."-Corbett Vs. Dempsey


Artist Biographies

"Finn Slumstrup is a Danish journalist, TV producer. In the early 60's a jazz drummer."

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/4483500-Finn-Slumstrup)
2/21/2024

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Tom Prehn is a Danish jazz pianist, active in the 1960's and 70s, known for the Tom Prehn Quartet (Tom Prehn Kvartet).

-Squidco 2/21/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Centrifuga 44:01

2. Solhverv 1 11:09

3. Solhverv 2 10:08

4. Solhverv 3 10:55

5. Solhverv 4 3:14

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Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Quartet Recordings
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