Thursday, 18 June 2015
No Nett - ...Und Köln Pennt ? (GERM, 1981)
I listened to it again and couldn't believe how good it is. From before:
For those not familiar, this is another one of those late german fusion bands with highly progressive elements. Their two LPs are quite easily available already, but their EP is less well known. Of course as is so often the case in these matters it turns out this is their masterpiece, which is why I wanted to share it with all here. The first track is a little weaker, but the second and third are beyond magnificent. "Once I had a Dream [... it was a nightmare]" sounds like one of the best compositions by Michael Mantler, full of angular melodies and gory dissonances but it just works perfectly. Abruptly, half-way through, the song transforms into a march as if by Kurt Weill with background screaming! Unbelievable compositional skills here.
Then, the last opus (from country to city and back), which is by guitarist Raimond Kroboth, is particularly stunning, recalling Pekka Pohjola with his head full of modern classical Bartok-like sounds. The first two compositions are by sax player Norbert Stein, well-known in german jazz. Mr. Kroboth had another record out under band name Heinz called Der Spion which is well worth hearing as well.