on life, music etc beyond mainstream

2020 17 Apr

„In memory of Hal“

von: Michael Engelbrecht Filed under: Blog | TB | 7 Comments


Tief unten macht sich elektronische Widerborstigkeit bemerkbar, melden sich Samples, lassen Streicher Federn fernab eines Hollywoodhimmels, fetzt ein Bläsertrio zum wohlfeilen Funk. So schleiche ich mich in (und verwandle) lang gefallene Worte von Konrad Heidkamp zu einer meiner drei Lieblingsalben von Bill Frisell, Unspeakable. Irgendwie passt das alles nicht, schreibt er, und macht sich doch ganz großartig. Und der Produzent und kühne Mitspieler dieser Aufnahme aus den frühen Jahren des Jahrhunderts ist nun auch von Corona erledigt worden, der wunderbare Hal Willner. Was hat er alles für Projekte angezettelt, rasch fallen Nino Rota, Kurt Weill und Thelonious Monk ein. Und Mingus auch. Die Besetzungslisten all dieser Genresprenger lasen sich „all-star“-mässig – der Name des „producers“ war das Gütesiegel. Bei Unspeakable steht er an Turntables und den Samples, verleiht den Stücken genau das, was der Titel deklariert, zudem jede Menge allerfeinst abgedrehter Dejavues!


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  1. Andreas:

    Lee Konitz ist nun ein weiteres Opfer von CV 19!

  2. Michael Engelbrecht:


    Kenny Wheeler trumpet, flugelhorn
    Lee Konitz alto saxophone
    Bill Frisell guitar
    Dave Holland double-bass

    Recorded February 1996, Power Station, New York
    Engineer: Jan Erik Kongshaug
    Produced by Manfred Eicher

  3. Michael Engelbrecht:

    This all is another weird nightmare, to say it with the words of Hal Wilner‘s Mingus homage.

    You wake up, you read, you turn on the radio, and listen to another new Bob Dylan song…

  4. Olaf:

    … and what a beautiful Bob Dylan song that is! Wonder if there is an album in the pipeline.

    And „Fetch the Bolt Cutters“ has arrived. Seems to be a good day to listen to some music.

  5. Michael Engelbrecht:

    I‘m just reading a very, very, very long and revealing text on Fiona Apple, her life and new album. You can find it in The New York Times, searching some weeks backwards.

    She‘s known to our North German Man for visionary TV experiences from the title track of THE AFFAIR. I will look out for a lonesome hour to dive into the new one. Apple is one of these half-broken singer/songwriters whose awesome talent could easily be mixed up with slightly self-destructive patterns. Her survival instincts at least seem to work fine.

    I would have played a track from it tonight in my radio night, but that one had to be produced in advance. So I‘m just a live listener tonite, with a glass of red wine…

  6. Olaf:

    Is it the piece in The New Yorker? Art of Radical Sensitivity? It is open in a different tab, but I haven’t read it yet.

    I have listened to some of the new songs on spotify this morning… and I will listen to the rest when a physical copy (CD or LP) is out – save it up for a special moment.

  7. Michael Engelbrecht:

    Yes, Art of Radical Sensitivity.

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