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Stadler: Brains on Fire

February 7, 2012 | Format: MP3

$17.98
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 7, 2012
  • Release Date: February 7, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Labor Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Labor Records
  • Total Length: 2:12:09
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  • ASIN: B0071W3W2I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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Although "Brains on Fire" sounds like a new zombie film, it's actually the title of this retrospective collection featuring music by German composer and pianist Heiner Stadler. Recorded at various sessions between 1966 and 1974, this two-disc set features eight extended tracks that synthesize traditional hard bop impulses with avant-garde structure. Like the equally iconoclastic Graham Collier and George Russell, Stadler creates challenging yet accessible compositional frameworks that allow the utmost freedom to the participating players. Meeting Stadler's challenge are some of the most adventurous jazz musicians of the era: saxophonists Tyrone Washington and Joe Farrell, trumpeter Jimmy Owens, trombonists Garnett Brown and Albert Mangelsdorff, bassist Reggie Workman, and many others. The soloists stretch out considerably, at times pushing against the boundaries of tonality, at other times locking into eccentrically rolling grooves. No matter how out the music gets, though, it's marked by fierce intelligence and a deeply felt sense of soul, a quality that can easily get lost in such settings. Just when you think the music is going one place, it takes a surprising twist or turn, tribute to the flexibility and imagination of the composer and his collaborative performers.
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Likely few people, even in the world of jazz, would consider Heiner Stadler a name that pulls forth an associated sound. That may be because he is so inventive or just that he is rarely talked about here. Heiner Stadler was born in Poland, raised in Germany, and emigrated to New York at age twenty three. His mine works like few others in music and to his surprise he gathered the respect of the established crowd of devotees of Charlie Bird, Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman. His brand of jazz combined the compositional techniques of classical music morphed into the jazz idiom. This release recalls some old vinyl releases from the 1966 - 1978 period as well as three new works receiving their premier recordings here, and the combination present covers a spectrum that many will find `challenging' in sound while others will find refreshing in creativity.

Of the eight tracks spread out generously on these two CDs, seven are Stadler originals and one ("Bea's Flat") is a Heiner Stadler arrangement of a Russ Freeman composition written for Chet Baker. Stadler himself plays on only five of the pieces--four with a quartet and one with a sextet. Stadler's group includes Reggie Workman, bass, Jimmy Owens, trumpet, Tyrone Washington, tenor sax, Garnett Brown, trombone, Brian Brake, drums. Joe Farrell, tenor sax, Barre Phillips, bass, Joe Chambers, drums, and Don Freeman, piano. On one track - `Love in the Middle of the Air' - vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater offers some very discrete improvisation.

There are only eight tracks spread over two CDs and that gives and indication of how free the improvisational time is. The tracks are No Exercise, Three Problems, Heidi, Bea's Flat, Love in the Middle of the Air, U.C.S., All Tones, and the Fugue #2. Probably not for the new jazz lover, but for those who love experimentation, this release will bring some new insights into the new, post-free jazz. Grady Harp, February 12
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