Friday, June 11, 2010

Let's Be Generous, Joachim Kühn, Mark Nauseef, Tony Newton, Miroslav Tadic (CMP 53, 1990)

What immediately grabs you on the first track is the free and funky ring modulated electric piano. This is really unique music. I've always liked Joachim Kühn. He played on a couple of my favorite Jan Akkerman recordings. Kühn is nothing if not eclectic, and this is his best recording.

Bill Bruford said about Mark Nauseef and Let's Be generous in his November 1991 Wire Magazine interview: "Great drumming. This is where you'd hope Jimi Hendrix Experience would have got to. I have to say that it gets my blood going to hear Mark Nauseef rather than some of the older guys now. Five out of five."

In his November 1992 Berkeley Weekly review, Henry Kaiser wrote: "If this is jazz, then it's certainly the most daring, original, and innovative jazz recording I've heard this year. Mark Nauseef's Tony Williams vs. John French drumming, Miroslav Tadic's John McLaughlin meets Zoot Horn Rollo guitar stylings, Tony Newton's bass virtuosity and Joachim Kühn's incredibly peculiar, unfashionable, and distorted keyboard sounds all unite and create something that nobody has ever heard before."

Track listing and personnel:
1. The Prophet (E. Dolphy)
2. Senegal (J. Kühn)
3. Avant Garage (M. Tadic)
4. Always Yours (J. Kühn)
5. Something Sweet, Something Tender (E. Dolphy)
6. The Captain And I (J. Kühn)
7. Heavy Hanging (J. Kühn)
8. Don't Disturb My Groove (J. Kühn)
9. Snake Oil (T. Newton)
10. Bintang (M. Nauseef)
11. Kissing The Feet (Kühn / Nauseef / Newton / Tadic)

Let's Be Generous is:

Joachim Kühn on electronic keyboards and piano.

Mark Nauseef on drums, gongs, cymbals, Chinese drums, temple bells, metal plates, "magic drum", ADD II digital drums and junk.

Tony Newton on bass.

Miroslav Tadic on guitar.

Recorded in August 1990 at Ztudio Zerkall, Germany by Walter Quintus.



  2. Haven't heard this yet, but it sounds hiiiiip. Dope blog, mang.

  3. Hi, I listened to one track in a compilation CD from CMP records and sounds really fine. Donwloading right now, thanks a lot