Friday, November 20, 2020

From Here to Fraternity

We'll end the consecutive trifecta, and begin the weekend, with a tale of brotherly love and collaboration spanning decades.

These two siblings have been at it for a long, long time, both together and apart.

All told, they've led, co-led and sessioned on too many LPs to count.

I found their music from being a huge Fusion fan, with their propensity to turn up in that context early and often.

The younger plays piano and keys, the elder clarinet.

Joachim and Rolf Kühn have been recording and gigging since the 1960s, and it gives me great pleasure to report that they still are.

I've been meaning to cover them for the whole seven years I've been at this, and today provides a sweet 47th anniversary show to do just that.
Rolf & Joachim Kühn Septet
NDR Jazzworkshop No. 95
Studio 10, Grosser Sendesaal des NDR Funkhauses
Hamburg, Germany 

01 Do Dat Dudek
02 Palle's Tune
03 Paris '73
04 German Country
05 Things Are What They Used to Be
06 Spider's Dance

Total time: 1:29:12
disc break goes after Track 03

Rolf Kühn - clarinet
Joachim Kühn - keyboards & synthesizer
Randy Brecker - trumpet
Toto Blanke - guitar
Palle Danielsson - bass
Edward Vesala - drums
Kasper Winding - percussion

spectral analysis seems to indicate a pre-broadcast source, but there's a line at 20k so it must be a superb off-air reel
Track 05 comes from a recent partial WDR digital FM rebroadcast

This constitutes the complete 90 minute set, composited from two different, awesome-quality broadcasts.

I shall return next week to baste you turkeys with a trifecta for Punksgiving, starting next Wednesday, but don't miss out on the brothers Kühn here.... there's an hour-an-a-half of funky fraternization on tap!--J.