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Reichel, Hans

Bonobo Beach: Some More Guitar Solos

Reichel, Hans: Bonobo Beach: Some More Guitar Solos (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

The fourth and final record of solo guitar works from German guitarist and instrument inventor Hans Reichel, perhaps the most lyrical of the lot as he improvises on an unusual set of guitars, including a fretless Spanish guitar, 6 & 12 string guitars with extra frets, and an electric pick-behind-the-bridge guitar; fully restored artwork includes Reichel's amusing insert.
 

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Limited edition of 500 copies. Includes insert card of diagrams and drawings of his guitars by Hans Reichel, titled "For people who are interested".

Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey
Catalog ID: CvsDCD094
Squidco Product Code: 32240

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Wupperlal, Germany, in April, 1981. Recorded in Wupperlal, Germany, in April, 1981. Originally released as a vinyl LP on the German FMP label in 1981 with catalog code FMP 0830.


Personnel:

Hans Reichel-acoustic guitar, electric guitar: Fretless Spanish guitar on piece 1; 6-string guitar with extra frets on the covering board on piece 4; 12-string guitar with extra frets on the covering board on pieces 2 and 5; electric pick-behind-the-bridge- guitar on pieces 3 and 6; everything taped as played.

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Artist Biographies:

"Hans Reichel (May 10, 1949 - November 22, 2011) was a German improvisational guitarist, experimental luthier, inventor, and type designer.

Reichel was born in Hagen, Germany. He began to teach himself violin at age 7, playing in the school orchestra until age 15. Around age 15, he began to play guitar and became interested in rock music, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and later, Frank Zappa, Cream, and Jimi Hendrix. Reichel played in various groups before giving up music for a time while studying graphic design and working as a typesetter.

He came back to music in the early 1970s, when he recorded a tape of guitar music. This recording was sent to the jury of the German Jazz Festival in Frankfurt, where he was asked to appear in a special concert for newcomers. Discussions with Jost Gebers, the founder of Free Music Production (FMP), led to release of Reichel's music on the label, his first release being Wichlinghauser Blues in 1973.

The majority of Reichel's body of work consists of solo recordings, along with performances in smaller group settings. He recorded duets with a wide variety of musicians, including accordionist Rüdiger Carl, cellist Tom Cora, percussionist EROC, and a number of guitarists including Kazuhisa Uchihashi and Fred Frith. Reichel was also a member of the September Band (along with vocalist Shelley Hirsch, Rüdiger Carl, and drummer Paul Lovens), and also performed with larger ensembles led by the likes of saxophonist Thomas Borgmann and Butch Morris, an avante-garde conductor.

Due to the limited distribution of FMP, Reichel's music has never much been heard, especially in the United States. Smaller, independent labels such as Rastascan, Table of the Elements, and Intakt have issued some of his recordings in North America. Despite this limited exposure, Reichel was featured in Bart Hopkin's Gravikords, Whirlies & Pyrophones, a book and CD released in 1996, devoted to experimental musical instruments. He was also named among the "30 Most Radical Guitarists" in a 1997 issue of Guitar Player magazine.

Hans Reichel died in Wuppertal, aged 62, in November 2011.

He should not be confused with the painter Hans Reichel (1892-1958), a friend of both Henry Miller and Alfred Perles.

Reichel constructed and built several variations of guitars and basses, most of them featuring multiple fretboards and unique positioning of pickups and 3rd bridges. The resulting sounds exceeded the range of conventional tuning and added unusual effects, from odd overtones to metallic noises, to his play.A variety of daxophone tongues

His Daxophone is a single wooden blade fixed in a block containing a contact microphone, which is played mostly with a bow."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Reichel)
8/17/2022

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track listing:


1. Southern Monoluge 6:00

2. Bonobo Beach II 4:30

3. Could Be Nice 9:20

4. Two Small Pieces Announced by Cigar-box A 3:00

5. Two Small Pieces Announced by Cigar-box B 3:45

6. Bonobo Beach I 7:45

7. Could Be Nice Too 5:30
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Subtitled "some more guitar solos," Bonobo Beach was German guitarist and instrument inventor Hans Reichel's fourth and final record of solo guitar works. After this record, Reichel would turn much of his attention to the bowed wooden-tongued instrument he created called the daxophone.

Reichel recorded the six tracks at his home in Wuppertal in April, 1981, and in the process made what might be his masterpiece. These are not just some more guitar solos. Concentrating largely on acoustic guitar with no frets as well as his electric pick-behind-the-bridge guitar, he transforms tones into crystalline formations - patience with resonances, attention to silence, formation of symmetries around a common sonic point, jetting notes that arc and spread and then hover.

One might look for other references to describe what Reichel is up to - the magic of Terje Rypdal, the aura of early William Ackerman, the eccentric multiple pickups of Fred Frith - but really this is unique in guitar repertoire. Reichel built his instruments as tools for improvised exploration, and then he dove deep into them, never so far as on tracks like "Could Be Nice" or the quivering "Southern Monologue," or the two brilliant versions of the title track, "Bonobo Beach." On "Two small pieces announced by a cigar-box," the titular box is bowed in a vocal manner that portends Reichel's development of the daxophone.

This CD reissue, licensed directly from FMP, restores Reichel's original artwork and design for the LP, as well as an amusing insert tracking the development of his guitars from 1972-1981. A beautiful, essential document from one of the great outsider guitarists of all time."-Corbett vs. Dempsey


Limited edition of 500 copies. Includes insert card of diagrams and drawings of his guitars by Hans Reichel, titled "For people who are interested".
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