2021年10月に他界したドイツの音楽家、フィルムメーカー、アーキビストHartmut Geerkenを核に結成、エジプトジャズの奇跡的プロジェクトと言われるCairo Free Jazz Ensembleの71年秘蔵音源が初音盤化！！リリースから50周年を迎え再発された同グループの1st[Heliopolis]を手掛けたHolidays Recordsによる偉業的な仕事であり、収録されているのは1971年12月4日カイロのナイルホールでのパフォーマンス録音。Geerkenの指示によりアンサンブルを二つに分割しそれぞれにコンダクターを用意、互いの演奏に影響される事無く最も純粋で洗練された形を披露し続けた傑作集団即興。間違いなく2021年の重要物件です。1サイドLP仕様。
During our long friendship and incredibly prolific collaboration with Hartmut Geerken - who sadly left this planet on October 21, 2021 - he never ceased to surprise us. He lived many lives, traveling the world as an employee of the Goethe Institute, playing with other incredible musicians, and being smart enough to record most of the concerts he did. His archive is in fact full of treasures, and any conversation with him could lead to the rediscovery of unheard master tapes preserving true music gold. It was during one of these conversations we had at his house - while searching for pictures to be used for the 50th anniversary reissue of "Heliopolis" - that he pulled the original score of "Music for Angela Davis No. 2" out of a folder, saying with a smile: "Let's see... I should have the complete recording of this one"!
Recorded at Nile Hall, Cairo, on December 4, 1971, "Music for Angela Davis" is a 24-minute composition that encounters two full ensembles - respectively conducted by Geerken himself and Hubertus Von Puttkamer - playing simultaneously without listening to each other, rising and falling within a brilliant and structurally complex expression of call and (non) response. Collective improvisation in its most heightened and sophisticated form.
As described by Geerken in the liner notes: «One of my attempts with the Cairo Free Jazz Ensemble was my time-related, but timeless composition “Music for Angela Davis”. I divided the ensemble into two groups of roughly the same size, each with a conductor, and both groups played simultaneously, according to the different hand signals of the conductors, without one group reacting to or considering the other. The only two tone sequences consisted of the musicable notes of the name Angela Davis, i. e. a-g-e-a and d-a s. The composition was an attempt to get together in society through the medium of improvisation and a protest against the racial measurements of the American governments.»
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