Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Thermænius Live: Musikcaféen, May 28,1979, released 1980 [by request]

A very unknown band indeed.

From discogs:

Danish Fusion jazz band active late 1970's to early 1980's led by [guitarist] Pierre Dørge. Since Thermænius folded, Dørge, Irene Becker and Morten Carlsen have continued playing together. First as Dørge/Becker/Carlsen and later with Becker and Carlsen as members of Dørge's New Jungle Orchestra that was formed after Thermænius, and the three of them continuously performs as a trio.

This was their first record barely audible as live.  On the verso you will see the band is quite proud of the length of their record sides, with each being at least 26 minutes, presenting us with about 108 minutes of music in total--!

Consider the last two tracks on side A which I didn't split as they run into each other, Praeludium plus Sunrise as representative of their instrumental, improvised and perhaps slightly tentative style of fusion/jazz:

My main complaint would be their propensity to get into usually Eastern, diminished, or minor second style grooves that then drag on for far too long on the same riff or chord change as basis without any constructive development.  I suppose the idea was to provide an exact recording of a bona fide live performance, warts and all, but for that same reason I hate live records.  Too bad it couldn't be edited down to the best ideas.

More to come.


  1. Well, at least *you* edited it down to 15 seconds. ;)

    1. haha, unfortunately not the right 15 sec's!
      thanks for letting me know about that mistake I fixed it

  2. Thanks, sounds much better now :)

  3. Julian, have you posted links yet? I don't see any and thank you!


    wow!! what an oversight!!
    good thing you pointed it out to me

  5. Thanks Julian, can't wait to dig into this.

  6. Very interesting band! Thanks

  7. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! A very special favorite - sorely missed all these years. Thanx a million :-)

  8. Listening to this now.......really great album !

    Thanx very much