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Goebbels, Heiner & Alfred Harth / Hommage/Vier Fauste/Vom Sprengen Des Gartens
Album:Hommage/Vier Fauste/Vom Sprengen Des Gartens Collection:Jazz
Artist:Goebbels, Heiner & Alfred Harth Added:10/2007
Label:Rer Megacorp 

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Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2007-12-09 
Sax/piano duets (sometimes accordion): European flair with a sense of fun, crossing serious jazz improv with a movie-soundtrack aura, Euro-cafe settings, and a touch of Nino Rota circus acts. Two CDs, each a reissue of a mid-'70s album.

Each CD has 20 seconds of silence, to represent turning the record over. That's the kind of not-so-serious mood present in the session.

Disc 1 is good for European drama and flair. Gets goofy and silly. It alternates compositions by Hanns Eisler (fun and lighthearted, somtimes sounding like Euro chase music) with duet improvs (equally spirited; the guys goof off, sticking to themes that match Eisler's attitudes).

Disc 2 -- The more serious one. Some composed tracks (6,12, parts of 1,8) ... Touches of ECM-like European jazz (melodic, unconventional but easy on the ears: see 1,5,9,11) with some oddball improv (4) and a couple of songs that could fit on Disc 1 (#12, esp.)

DISC ONE
1- Two compositions -- theatrical, dramatic -- bookended by an improv that gets into some good crashing
2- Melodic improv flow; gets intense but not stomy. Some nice piano chording in there. Some playful goofiness towards the end.
3- Fun, swooping improv with accordion
4- Fast patter, a goofy kind of ceremonial march
5- Oktoberfest party accordion
6- (20 seconds of silence)
7- Abstract and skittery, fast
8- Soaring, fluttering improvisation, fast but moody
9- Bustling keystone cops, then serious fast piano
10- Spiky little piece
11- Chipper little cafe music, a bit sentimental
12- 46 seconds of bouncy Nino Rota fun

DISC TWO
13- Pleasant, light jazz, quite accessible.
14- Fast, serious. A bit emotional, a bit crazed.
15- Euro soundtack drama, fairly fast, gets high & a bit silly
16- Bird-call sounds (?!) & twittery improv
17- Fast patter, catchy piano intro
18- Two saxes: Perky, playfully stern. Classical interpretation.
19- (20 seconds of silence)
20- Serious church organ. Loungy sax, ends with a scream.
21- A delicate atmosphere, often fast but careful. Nicely serious.
22- Fast piano staircase, overblown sax wail
23- Slowly stormy jazz, emotional
24- Beer-hall sentimental. Slow, w/accordion.
25- Bouncy, jazzy, goes off-center.

Track Listing
1.Der Zerrissene Rock/So, Das Ist, Was Wir Brauchen/Gedanken Uber Die Rote Fahne 13.Vom Spengen Des Gartens
2.Zur Uberwindung Von Schwierigkeiten 14.Rock Gegen Rechts
3.Die Wirtshausszene 15.Krahenmusik
4.Grossvater Stoffel 16.Der Ruf Der Vogel
5.Sieg Im Volkslied! 17.Wenn Der Pfortner Kommt
6.(20 Seconds Of Silence) 18.Le Rappel Des Oiseaux
7.Die Haltbare Graugans - Ostwarts Mit Oder Nach Quong Quong? 19.(20 Seconds Of Silence)
8.Lange Weile 20.Rezitativ
9.Vorwarts! 21.Almelo
10.Fugato Spontini 22.Vom Sprengen Des Gartens III
11.Spui' Ma' Wieder Oan, Dass D'zeit Vergeht 23.Los Campesinos
12.Clowns 24.Ich Grolle Nicht
 25.Bis Bald, Calypso