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Fred Van Hove, R.I.P.

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Sad to say that I have seen a few reports that say that the Belgian pianist Fred Van Hove, who played on some of the classics of the European avant garde, has passed away.

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That's a shame. I missed his recent-ish visits to Oto too

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RIP Fred

Wonder if the Relative Pitch CD (The Corner) at Cafe Oto in 2015 with Roger Turner was his last recorded music? I'll play it today as a tribute.

Fred Van Hove was a Belgian jazz musician and a pioneer of European free jazz. He was a pianist, accordionist, church organist, and carillonist, an improviser and a composer.

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Very, very sad news. I interviewed him over email in advance of his NYC visit some years ago to play solo and duo w/ Lou Grassi. He was a kind man, not to mention absolutely brilliant. The only other time I saw FvH was in duo with Hannes Bauer in the early 00s at one of the Vision Festivals. Pretty heavy.

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14 hours ago, romualdo said:

RIP Fred

Wonder if the Relative Pitch CD (The Corner) at Cafe Oto in 2015 with Roger Turner was his last recorded music? I'll play it today as a tribute.

Fred Van Hove was a Belgian jazz musician and a pioneer of European free jazz. He was a pianist, accordionist, church organist, and carillonist, an improviser and a composer.

I believe this was his final performance, in 2019. Very fitting, and a lovely record:

https://dropadisc.bandcamp.com/album/front-to-front-sold-out

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oh dang, I don't have that one. I'll have to get a copy somehow.

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I have had the good fortune and privilege of attending countless concerts of his, both solo and with numerous other musicians. Almost every one of those concerts was an uplifting and invigorating experience. He was indeed a brilliant performer.

I have particularly fond memories of the heydays of the Free Music Festival organised by him. What I heard and learned from Fred and other musicians there, on and off stage, influenced me profoundly musically.

Thank you for the music.

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Just downloaded and listend to this one from 1983: https://destination-out.bandcamp.com/album/was-macht-ihr-denn 

First of all, the sound quality is excellent - Baby Sommer's drums sound is so full. Second, this is a great work by an excellent ensemble (Van Hove, Mark Charig, Phil Wachsmann and Günter "Baby" Sommer). Highly recommended.   

a4072257090_10.jpg 

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Sounds good. I always feel that Sommer gets unfairly overlooked as a euro free jazz drummer great. His various Intakt records with Irene Schweizer are favourites of mine.

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I couldn't agree more. I'm always going to give something with Sommer in a second look. 

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Should be on both Brotz and Fred's pages; just great, great footage of them both.

 

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22 minutes ago, Holy Ghost said:

Should be on both Brotz and Fred's pages; just great, great footage of them both.

 

isn't that Alex Von Schlippenbach playing piano?

also is that a very young Paul Lovens on second drums

Stanko, Schoof & Wheeler on tp

Mangelsdorff? & Rutherford tb

a very obvious Evan Parker

who is playing bass - doesn't look like Kowald - maybe Barry Guy?

Edited by romualdo

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1 minute ago, romualdo said:

isn't that Alex Von Schlippenbach playing piano?

Ooof. I think you're right. Sorry fir that blunder. 

Nice footage of AVS I guess....

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2 minutes ago, Holy Ghost said:

Ooof. I think you're right. Sorry fir that blunder. 

Nice footage of AVS I guess....

Yes, I think AvS, and indeed, Paul Lovens :)

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11 minutes ago, Alexander Hawkins said:

Yes, I think AvS, and indeed, Paul Lovens :)

 

11 minutes ago, Alexander Hawkins said:

Yes, I think AvS, and indeed, Paul Lovens :)

 

11 minutes ago, Alexander Hawkins said:

Yes, I think AvS, and indeed, Paul Lovens :)

Is there a thread on forward-thinking European jazz drummers? Just wondering. 

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41 minutes ago, romualdo said:

who is playing bass - doesn't look like Kowald - maybe Barry Guy?

It isn't Barry Guy - Arjen Gorter I think?

Great footage!

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8 hours ago, Holy Ghost said:

 

This one is stunning. I’ve seen it before but wowza 

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1 hour ago, Steve Reynolds said:

This one is stunning. I’ve seen it before but wowza 

Jaw-dropping for me. To see so many legends on one stage was mesmerizing.  

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11 hours ago, romualdo said:

isn't that Alex Von Schlippenbach playing piano?

also is that a very young Paul Lovens on second drums

Stanko, Schoof & Wheeler on tp

Mangelsdorff? & Rutherford tb

a very obvious Evan Parker

who is playing bass - doesn't look like Kowald - maybe Barry Guy?

The line-up is as follows.

Kenny Wheeler, trumpet, flugelhorn
Manfred Schoof, trumpet, flugelhorn, bach-trumpet
Tomasz Stanko, trumpet
Bernard Vitet, trumpet
Albert Mangelsdorff, trombone
Malcolm Griffiths, trombone
Paul Rutherford, trombone, tenor horn
Evan Parker, soprano & tenor saxophone
Gerd Dudek, soprano & tenor saxophone, flute
Michel Pilz, bass clarinet, flute, soprano saxophone
Heinz Sauer, baritone, tenor & alto saxophone
Peter Brötzmann, tenor & baritone saxophone, bassetthorn
Derek Bailey, guitar
Alexander Von Schlippenbach, piano, percussion
J.B. "Buschi" Niebergall, bass, bass trombone
Peter Kowald, bass, tuba
Arjen Gorter , bass,electric-bass
Han Bennink, drums, shell-horn, dhung, gachi
Paul Lovens, drums, percussion

Joachim-Ernst Berendt, announcement

At the concert at least three titles were recorded and filmed.
1. Globe Unity 70 (A. von Schlippenbach)     17:51
2. Ode (M. Schoof)     12:54
3. Drunken in the Morning Sunrise (P. Brötzmann)     9:53

Recorded on November 7, 1970 at the Kongresshalle, Berlin.
(track 1 was released on Atavistic [UMS/ALP 223CD])

Kowald is playing his tuba on "Drunken in the morning sunrise".  The title of Brötzmann's tune "Drunken in the Morning Sunrise" reminds me about the circumstances for the recording sessions of "Machine Gun".
Brötzmann and Buschi Niebergall went - after the first part of the session - for some beers.
Eventually they took shelter for a nap at a building lot. Next morning Niebergall and Brötzmann woke up, had a mouthful of beer and went back to the "Lila Eule" for the second part of their recording session. But maybe the title is a general allusion to such a situation which should have happened quite frequently during those times.

A truncated version of Ode is also available at youtube. Don't know how to add a video/link here so if interested please follow: Ode by M.Schoof

Edited by Onxidlib

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On 1/26/2022 at 9:39 AM, Д.Д. said:

Just downloaded and listend to this one from 1983: https://destination-out.bandcamp.com/album/was-macht-ihr-denn 

First of all, the sound quality is excellent - Baby Sommer's drums sound is so full. Second, this is a great work by an excellent ensemble (Van Hove, Mark Charig, Phil Wachsmann and Günter "Baby" Sommer). Highly recommended.   

a4072257090_10.jpg 

had that at one point in lesser condition vinyl; excellent music, would like to have it again.

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13 hours ago, romualdo said:

isn't that Alex Von Schlippenbach playing piano?

also is that a very young Paul Lovens on second drums

Stanko, Schoof & Wheeler on tp

Mangelsdorff? & Rutherford tb

a very obvious Evan Parker

who is playing bass - doesn't look like Kowald - maybe Barry Guy?

Even greater than the trio performance. Han Bennink is the greatest anything ever.

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