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ARTIST
TITLE
Nerve Beats
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
ALP 206CD ALP 206CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
9/4/2000

"For those uninitiated, Han Bennink is one of the founding figures of European improvised music; longtime musical partner of Misha Mengelberg; and co-founder of the Instant Composers Pool (ICP). In short, Bennink is one of the most swinging, adventurous people on the planet. Though he's been active since the early '60s, Bennink remains energetic and irrepressible, and certainly qualifies as one of the great solo improvisers of the century -- at times madcap & go-for-broke, other times harrowing, but always a sheer delight. Recorded for Germany's Radio Bremen in 1973, in the period when Bennink was storming Europe in a trio with Peter Brotzmann and Fred Van Hove, Nerve Beats is a great recording never before issued on CD. It comes from a time when Bennink employed a gigantic setup; metal percussion, tons of extra drums, tablas, an early drum-machine, as well as non-percussive instruments like trombone, clarinet, and various impossible-to-describe objects. A 3 track live concert recorded in its entirety at the acoustically ideal Rathaus, Nerve Beats is also the only live document available of Han performing solo at this time, as his early FMP and ICP records are out of print (and decidedly sought after). Nerve Beats has been mastered from the radio session original tapes and sports new handmade cover art by Bennink (also an accomplished visual artist) and a freewheeling period portrait by outstanding photographer Pieter Boersma. Here's Han Bennink alone and at his most expansive, explosive, and wildly imaginative. Hilarious, razor sharp and not to be taken lightly."