Monday, June 13, 2011

Joachim & Rolf Kühn - Bloody Rockers

As featured on the unfuckwithable Byg Deal comp, German free jazz vets and brothers Joachim and Rolf Kühn here bring their unholy organ and fuzz-wah clarinet skills to bear on a set of relatively poppier material, circa 1967. Big brother Rolf got his start on the German big band scene and would later go on to play with the likes of Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, while baby Joachim was a familiar face in Eurojazz blowout circles. Mix those two ingredients about half and half and you've got "Bloody Rockers," perhaps the finest in-and-out balancing act I've ever laid ears on. Numbers such as the title track keep things firmly in the pocket, without slacking on the Neu Thing solos, while tunes such as "To Our Father" take things out to lunch, complete with a bit of Krautnik spoken word. And then there's the likes of "El Dorado," which move between free and 4/4 in ways you might not have suspected possible, topped off with glorious Morricone-esque melodies for a smooth, refreshing finish.

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