Ambient, Electronic, Fusion, Jazz Rock, Krautrock, Minimal, New Age, World Music, Multinational, 1970s (Tracks) Between – “Samum”

Between – “Samum” Video on YouTube

Category/Music Genres :

Ambient/Electronic/Fusion/Jazz Rock/Krautrock/Minimal/New Age/World Music Multinational 1970s (Tracks) 

Band :

Between (Multinational, Argentina, Germany, U.S.A.) based in München, Bayern, Germany

Also known as :

Between the Chairs, Gruppe Between

Track :

“Samum” (written by Roberto Détrée, Peter Michael Hamer) B3 track (closing track) included on the album “And The Waters Opened” 

Album :

“And The Waters Opened”  released on Vertigo Records ( 6360 612) in 1973

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Between – “And The Waters Opened”  Full Album Audio Playlist on Spotify

Between – “And The Waters Opened”  Full Album Video on YouTube

Line-up/Credits :

Roberto Détrée / guitar, cello, harp
Peter Michael Hamel / keyboards, vocals
Robert Eliscu / oboe, oboe d’Amore
Cottrell Black / percussion

With:
Duru Omson / bamboo flute, percussion & voice (1,5,6)
Walter Bachauer (“Fabian Arkas”) / electronics (3)

Cover [Cover Design] – Guntram Holdgrün

Producer, Engineer – Ulrich Kraus

Track-List :

1. And The Waters Opened (10:51)
2. Uroboros (5:33)
3. Syn (5:52)
4. Devotion (3:43)
5. Happy Stage (11:14)
6. Samum (5:36)

Total Time: 42:49

Bonus tracks on 2006 remaster:
1. Journey To The Ixtland (4:30)

8. Kalenda Maya (3:01)
9. Former Times (2:20)

Tracks 1, 8 & 9 are previously unreleased bonus tracks, recorded April 4 1976
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Information about the album/band/track :

Founded in Munich, Germany in 1970 (as Between The Chairs) – Ceased activity around 1980

Peter Michael Hamel founded Between, an international band specialised in improvisational / « ethnic » rock music. The name Between comes from the fact that Hamel’s music is originaly “in-between”, always making a combination between “popular music” and “serious music”. The classical musician Robert Eliscu (born American), responsible of oboe parts in POPOL VUH can be considered as the major member of the musical tribe next to Peter Michael Hamel. With a small community of six members, BETWEEN recorded its first album “Einstieg” in 1971. It directly announces the musical orientation to come, timeless ethnic rock compositions, mixing together several acoustic instruments (bongo, flute.) to folk and jazz. “And the waters openened” recorded in 1973 carries on improvisations and acoustic exploration, played in a rather “spacey” rock atmosphere, sometimes closed to krautrock, weird flavour. “Dharana” (1974) is seen as a classic album and marks a new step in the launch of “world” music. It contains long epic, acoustic pieces with a few minimalist, oriental accents. “Hesse Between Music” (1975) is a concept album, always improvised, featuring Indian scales and recitation. During and after BETWEEN’s career, the front man Peter Michael Hamel has developed the possibilities of spiritual effects of music on mind thanks to a great variety of solo albums in search of East meets West.

Between was named Between because the music they made was sitting between the chairs back then and was reaching far beyond genre borders or the traditional segregation of E- and U-Musik (E for “ernst” / serious, U für “unterhaltende” / entertaining). This difference may be still alive in some highbrow dinosaur’s brain and was (sometimes still is) made to separate the so called popular (i.e. proletarian) from the bourgeois culture. Alas, today’s situation is more comfortable (and difficult to a certain extend). But, this is a review for a record not a sociology seminar talking Bourdieu’s “Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste” or something like that. (But, well, while I’m at it: go read it, it’s worth it!)

So, Between was Peter Michael Hamel’s brainchild who is a German composer and music theorist (whose records are all great!). Born out of friendship with a few international friends who had a background either in classical or pop music (to stress that distinction again). “And The Waters Opened” was their second record, released in 1973 and it’s heavily influenced by the music of Carl Orff. (Listen to Robert Eliscu’s oboe – which can also be heard on a lot of Popol Vuh records –and if you’re familiar with some of Orff’s music you’ll be reminded instantly). Another reference to how Between sounds may be found in Bobby Beausoleil’s Orkustra which also can be seen as sort of a synthesis between a symphonic orchestra and a psychedelic band.

But even though Between is about overcoming musical (and also social borders) the music is far from freak-out jams. Between is not about provoking utter chaos – Between is about reaching out for a universal harmony in the act of making music. It is – to a certain extend – a sonic utopia.

There are parts of the music that are improvised but most of it was written down before and is executed with modest but nonetheless masterful musicianship. The compositions take cues from the aforementioned Carl Orff, but also from Indian Classical Music, from the Spiritual Jazz and some of the Minimal Music that was around at that time and of course there’s a good portion of Psychedelia thrown in. Every second recorded sounds organic and you can bet that a lot of thought was put into it. And it is in fact a certain compositional rigour that prevents the music from becoming world-music-kitsch or pointless fusion-music: The music you hear is not just about the intended harmony – the music IS the realization of that harmony.

So, you don’t trust me, you think I’m exaggerating here? No problem, get some Between and trust your ears! Be it the wonderful title track or the following “Uroboros” or be it one of the other compositions: this is joyful and refreshing music. The instrumentation’s colourful and the general vibe is uplifting and –well, yeah – it’s just great to have some music around that is full of positive energy without being besmirched with esoteric blurb. It makes you feel good without having to leave your mind at home! A great achievement, if you ask me.

Photos about the album/band/track ;

Between – “And The Waters Opened” Album cover photo (front)

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Between – “And The Waters Opened” Album  photo

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Links about the album/band/track :

Between Band’s Page on Discogs

Between Band’s Page on Rate Your Music

Between Band’s Page on Spotify

Between – “And The Waters Opened” Full Album Download Link on Juno Download

 

 

 

Fusion/Jazz Rock/Krautrock/Progressive Rock Multinational 1970s Sunbirds – “Spanish Sun”

Fusion/Jazz Rock/Krautrock/Progressive Rock Multinational 1970s

Sunbirds (Multinational, Austria, Germany, Holland, U.K., U.S.A.) Based in München, Bayern, Germany

Instrumental Music

“Spanish Sun” (written by -Ferdinand Povel, Philip Catherine, -Fritz Pauer, Jimmy Woode, Klaus Weiss) A3 track included on the album “Sunbirds”

Released on BASF Records ( 20 21110-2) in 1971

Related Artists :
Niagara
Also known as :
Klaus Weiss Sextet

Line-up/Credits :

Line-up:

Klaus Weiss – drums, Producer
Philip Catherine – guitar
Ferdinand Povel – flute, alto flute
Fritz Pauer – electra-piano ( Hohner Electra), organ
Jimmy Woode – electric & acoustic bass
Juan Romero – percussion

Recorded At – Union Studios, Munich

Recorded By – Reinhold Mack

Recorded 24 August 71 at Union Studios München, Germany.

Fritz Pauer used Hohner Electra-piano.
Klaus Weiss plays Slingerland drums and Avedis Zildjian Cymbals exclusively.
Track List :
01 Kwaeli (3:43)
02 Sunrise (5:26)
03 Spanish Sun (12:10)
04 Sunshine (6:46)
05 Sunbirds (9:31)
06 Blues For D.S. (7:53)
Bonus Tracks :
07 Dreams (9:42)
08 Fire Dance (6:54)
Sunbirds were a band project formed in 1971 by German drummer Klaus Weiss. (17/02/1942-10/12/2008) Weiss had already twelve years of career as a jazz drummer behind him in 1971 and was appreciated by US jazz men touring in Europe. He had played among others with Bud Powell, Johnny Griffin, Kenny Drew and Don Byas. From 1962 to 1965 he had worked with Klaus Doldinger and in 1966 Weiss won the International Jazz Competition in Vienna.
In 1971 he formed the multinational Klaus Weiss Quartet featuring American bassist Jimmy Woode, Dutch saxophonist Ferdinand Povel and Austrian pianist Fritz Pauer, The same musicians joined by Philip Catherine on guitar and Juan Romero on percussion recorded in august of 1971 the first self titled Sunbirds record. The record presented an interesting form of early jazz rock with an extensive use of electronic keyboards. One year later in august of 1972 the Sunbirds released their second record, Zagara, again the Klaus Weiss Quartet joined this time by Ron Carter on double bass, Leczek Zadlo on flute, Lucas Costa and Rafael Weber on guitar and Norman Tolbert on percussion. This record presented an orientation towards Latin Fusion.The first record is highly recommended.
On paper, The Sunbirds were a band more interesting for what the members did before and after the group’s brief lifetime that what they accomplished while they were together; only after their recordings received a belated release did it become obvious that this was group whose gifts far outstripped their public recognition. In 1986, after 28th Day had broken up following the departure of Barbara Manning, guitarist and singer Cole Marquis and drummer Mike Cloward decided to form a new band, and joined forces with Lawrence Crane, who’d been playing bass with Vomit Launch. Adopting the name The Sunbirds, the band started playing around their hometown of Chico, California and recorded a six-song demo tape. However, the band attracted little notice, and by the end of the year The Sunbirds were history. Marquis and Cloward went on to form The Downsiders, and Marquis later won a cult following with his solo work; Crane continued to perform with Vomit Launch, and later moved into the control room, working as a recording engineer and founding the acclaimed independent recording magazine TapeOp. The Sunbirds briefly reunited in 1997, recording another six-song demo; Paisley Pop Records combined the 1986 and 1997 sessions and released them as a 2003 album entitled No Sun No Shadow. In 2002, Crane reassembled the band to perform at a TapeOp magazine convention, and while all three members continue to make their own music, they have not ruled out working together again in the future.
Sunbirds – “Sunbirds” Album cover photo (front)
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Sunbirds Band’s Page on Discogs

Sunbirds – “Sunbirds” Full Album Download Link on Trippy Jam Blog

Sunbirds Band’s Page on Rate Your Music

The 20 Best Krautrock Records Ever Made on Fact Magazine

Sunbirds Band’s Page on Krautrock Maniac

Sunbirds Band’s Page on Green Brain

Sunbirds Band’s Page on Apple Music

Sunbirds Band’s Page on Spotify

Sunbirds Band’s Interview on It’s A Psychedelic Baby Magazine Blog

Sunbirds – “Sunbirds” Personal Playlist on Spotify

Folk/Fusion/Jazz Rock/Krautrock/Progressive Rock/Space Rock Germany 1970s Personal Playlist on Spotify