Klimt Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
Demian, like Steppenwolf before them, take their name from a Herman Hesse novel. They are what became of classic Austin, Texan ‘60s psych-rock band Bubble Puppy. They changed from blistering psych rock to a heavier sound that was peddled by the likes of Atomic Rooster at the time. Like so many bands who seemed destined to be sewn into the fabric of rock history, bad management led to them barely scratching the surface. This eponymous record from 1970 was their one and only, and just like all proper rock bands, they recorded it live in the studio. Reissue LP on Klimt.
LOST CLASSIC ALERT! Mysterious Japanese artist Harumi recorded this album in 1968 with legendary producer Tom Wilson (Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan) at the helm. The album’s uniqueness comes from Harumi’s wild ideas being restrained a touch by Tom Wilson and the natural clash of Harumi’s culture with the Greenwich Village Scene. It all makes for a seamless blend of ‘60s pop and experimental psychedelia. Harumi’s Parent’s even contribute. Reissue Double vinyl LP on Klimt.
Cosmic Jokers came about after a bunch of all night LSD-charged jam sessions between members of Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel and Wallenstein were helmed by, and featured, Krautrock producer Dieter Dierks. This two track, self-titled debut was the first of five the band recorded and is regarded as a very fine slice of space rock indeed.
From 1966, a set from Don Cherry also featuring Ed Blackwell on drums, Henry Grimes on bass as well as Pharoah Sanders on saxophone as part of a quartet. Cherry’s abstraction on the trumpet cuts through his other work with Ornette Coleman, a more melodic player and a strong influence on Cherry. The Guardian calls it a quirky classic. Reissue LP on Klimt.
Relativity Suite finds Don Cherry helming a very large ensemble, encompassing the usual jazz suspects (several saxophones, Cherry’s trumpet, the Charlie Haden / Ed Blackwell rhythm section), but also more far-flung instruments like the Chinese ching, and the droning tambura. Joyous reissue on Klimt.
Well the title certainly jumped out at me, I don’t know about you… Seiji Nagai, formerly of Taj Mahal Travellers, combines his knowledge of the drone-based ends of Indian classical music with computer music expertise. Electronic Noise Improvisation 1999 is just that, but informed by more traditional knowledge than this stuff might usually be.
Don Cherry, Krzysztof Penderecki & The New Eternal Rhythm Orchestra
Prince Nico Mbarga & Rocafil Jazz International