Han Bennink Vinyl, CD & tapes by Han Bennink at Norman Records
A sheer treat of classic free improvisation here from British guitarist Derek Bailey and Dutch super-drummer Han Bennink! Anyone who knows anything about this whole scene knows that this is a recipie for total top-notch sound sparring, and so it is. Derek Bailey & Han Bennink was recorded live in 1972 and released on the crucial Incus imprint. Now remastered and reissued by Honest Jon’s.
Bringing together three renowned free improvisers, The Topography of the Lungs was the first release on Evan Parker and Derek Bailey’s Incus label and has been brought back to heavyweight vinyl by the OTOroku imprint. Parker’s ferocious circular breathing techniques, Bailey’s unhinged guitar and Han Bennink’s off-grid percussion sound as radical and incomparable as they must have done in 1970.
1977 in the Black Forest near Aufen, two men make nature music. Broztmann and Bennink wander through trees, streams and lakes. With an arsenal of clarinet, viola, birdcalls, sand, land, water, air and sax, this repress out on Cien Fuegos takes you to many places. All recorded live out in the open world, Broztmann and Bennink know to get things done. With reed in the water experiments, tree bark improvisations and saxophone to the sky meditations. Bring your record player outside and become one with it all.
Peter Brotzmann / Han Bennink / Van Hove
West Berlin in 1975. We have a free city. We have three men. All aching to be heard and with no rules on how. This record shows a more gentle side of Brotzmann’s sax, Bennink banging on the drums or anything he finds and Hove then exploring the whole piano. Get your ears ready for bird song experiments and cocktail jazz treachery. Yes, we are free indeed. Out on Vinyl LP.
Brotzmann & Bennink are situated at the very core of European Free Improvisation, and this is a vinyl reissue of their very first duo recording, from 1977. A piece of history then, but also a very playful and fresh sounding set of music, in which the duo occasionally leave their usual saxophone / percussion territory to dabble in clarinets, violas, and even banjos! Good fun.