Hans Reichel - Duos with
Fred Frith
& Kazuhisa Uchihashi
Preis / Price : 15.08 €
Bestell-Nr. / Purchase Order No. : FMP CD 036
Hans Reichel guitar, daxophone
Fred Frith guitar, voice
Kazuhisa Uchihashi guitar
Stop complaining (Frith/Reichel) 36:27
Sundown (Uchihashi/Reichel) 35:01
Total time:  71:28

"Stop complaining" recorded by Jost Gebers and Holger Scheuermann on June 30, 1990 during the 'Workshop Freie Musik' at the 'Akademie der Künste' Berlin.
"Sundown" recorded by Ken Imamura on January 25, 1991 at the Big Apple Live-spot in Kobe, Japan.
Produced by Jost Gebers
Booklet design: Hans Reichel
Photos: Dagmar Gebers, Yasuo Yamahiro, Leonhard Mühlheim

Liner notes: Patrik Landolt

First published in September 1991
Excerpt from the booklet:
When asked about his occupation HANS REICHEL answers cautiously: "Inventor of guitars and improvisor.". (...) For the past 20 years HANS REICHEL, who lives in Wuppertal, has been searching for new methods of expression and areas of sound. As far back as the early seventies he discovered people of the same persuasion among the musicians of the Berlin FREE MUSIC PRODUCTION - musicians working in the field of free improvisation, each, according to his instrument, developing and stretching his own personal limits in the composition of material and sound. As a parallel to the development in rock music, where the guitar takes on a dominating role, the pioneers of Free Music have altered the concept of how a guitar should sound. Such pioneers of guitar music as Jimi Hendrix and Sonny Sharrock, or in a more radical sense Derek Bailey, Keith Rowe, HANS REICHEL, FRED FRITH, and later on Henry Kaiser, Stephan Wittwer and Elliott Sharp, set new standards. (...)
An affinity of souls links HANS REICHEL with FRED FRITH. Like REICHEL, FRED FRITH has, since the early seventies, been working on expanding the guitar´s tonal possibilities. (...)
The way they transcend and play beyond stylistic bounds also unifies the two guitarists. FRITH, the laughing outsider of the independent rock scene, loves free improvisation just as much as he loves rock music which has been influenced by the most diverse type of folk music.
The two guitarists have had repeated contacts with each other during the past 20 years. (...) They got to know each other better in 1987 when HANS REICHEL spent six months in Tokyo. They gave their first duo concerts and decided to do a tour of the USA. This tour, which took place in the autumn of 1987 and visited 30 towns in 6 weeks, became, thanks to FRED FRITH´s popularity in the US pop-scene, a hitherto unknown success for HANS REICHEL: Full concert halls, enthusiastic audiences and rejoicing on the part of the music press.
They met up again three years later - this time in Europe, in the ´Akademie der Künste´ in Berlin, organized by FREE MUSIC PRODUCTION. STOP COMPLAINING records a section of this concert.
KAZUHISA UCHIHASHI, from Osaka, Japan, (...) refers to his musical roots as Pop ´n´ Roll. Since 1983 he has devoted himself intensively to free improvised music and experimenting with the technical possibilities the modern electric guitar offers, trying to include the different effects in the improvised process. (...)
HANS REICHEL got to know KAZUHISA UCHIHASHI at a session on Kyoto and became interested in his extraordinary musical and co-operative way of playing. A first duo-concert took place at the end of January 1991. (...) 35 minutes of the performance are released on this CD under the title SUNDOWN. (...)
Playful free association and rapid reaction, vocal melodies, rock explosions, sounds and fragments of material of varying origin are woven together eloquently to form new creations of fantasy.
A jazz critic once called REICHEL a ´classic of individualism´ which is only one aspect of this self-willed artist and visionary of sound. Uncompromising individualism and a tendency to absolute self-determination are prerequisites for his musical communicative competence and his ability to produce great works in the field of duo-music.
Patrik Landolt
Translation: Margaret Neuendorf

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