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on 11 June 2009
As many people in Europe and only a handful in America realise, through the 1960s and 70s there was a whole new language of jazz being developed on this side of the Atlantic. In England Joe Harriott was working on abstract/free form jazz that was, to many ears, several steps ahead of what Ornette Coleman was doing with free jazz at the same time in America.

In Germany in the mid 60s Wolfgang Dauner was developing his free jazz ideas. He made links between his action painting and his music more than a decade before Miles Davis, the ultimate jazz innovator, made similar links between his painting and music.

This album is long overdue a CD release; as soon as you put it on you will hear a band of supreme quality, playing some wonderful free jazz. The quality is just breathtaking.

I was drawn to this album when I saw it because I knew that Eberhard Weber, of whom I am a big fan, had played with Dauner but had never before seen any of the albums he played on. The only example I had heard before was the brief appearance Dauner makes on the Weber tribute concert album Stages of a Long Journey. Here Weber plays cello alongside Jürgen Karg on Bass, Fred Braceful & Mani Neumeier on Drums, Mani Neumeier on Tabla, Gerd Dudek on Tenor Sax & Clarinet and the stunning Jean-Luc Ponty on Violin. Dauners Piano (and "prepared" piano)is fantastic. This band is clearly on the top of its game here and I find it astonishing that this album is not more widely celebrated or indeed known about.

If you are not a free jazz fan then you will probably not like this but if you are or want to give it a go then this is an invaluable addition to your collection, don't wait, buy it now. Remember that record companies do need encouragement to dig out more challenging music from their vaults.
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