Monday, January 17, 2011

Don Cherry, Krzysztof Penderecki - Actions (1971)

Don Cherry & The New Eternal Rhythm Orchestra

Tomasz Stańko, Peter Brotzmann, Terje Rypdal, Kenny Wheeler, Albert Mangelsdorff, Manfred Schoof, Paul Rutherford, Gerd Dudek, Willem Breuker, Gunter Hampel, Loes MacGillycutty, Mocqui Cherry, a.o.)

conducted by Krzystof Penderecki

recorded live at Donaueschingen 1971

"There are things in universe which no philosopher ever dreamt about" - this ancient proverb perfectly suits for description of this record. Just imagine! On one single record you have Don Cherry, Kenny Wheeler, Tomasz Stańko, Peter Brotzmann, Terje Rypdal, Albert Mangelsdorff, Manfred Schoof, Han Bennink! Plus Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, a walking legend of classical music avantgarde!! Impossible? But such a recording indeed exists!!!

Produced by Joachim Berendt (yes!) this album contains music from concert given in June 1971 at Donaueschingen Music Festival. There are three pieces on this disc, all played by New Eternal Rhythm Orchestra, two composed by Don Cherry and one by Penderecki. Cherry's pieces are primal, emotional, instinct-driven with strong elements of Orient influences. Ecstatic and trance rhythms directed by Cherry leave us in awe of his unbounded creativity and bravery.

However when  Penderecki piece starts we immediately are aware that tension will rise even higher. His music shatters, deconstructs and explodes in the space like supernova. What else can I say? Fantastic meeting of two talents of apocalyptical proportions. Worth every penny and every second you spend on it!

Track listing: 1 Humus - The Life Exploring Force 18:57; 2 Sita Rama Encores 4:30; 3 Actions For Free Jazz Orchestra

None music from this concert on YouTube, check then this small video to listen to what miracles Penderecki was capable to:

By Maciej Nowotny

1 comment:

  1. "None music from this concert on YouTube"

    Well, not so:


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