New Violin Summit - Live at Berlin Jazz Festival 1971 (CD)
Regular price €11,90
Original release 1971
All-star jam session records are usually not the most rewarding listening experiences, and New Violin Summit is no exception. For this session, four improvising electric violinists - 2 up & coming fusion 'stars' (Michal Urbaniak and Jean-Luc Ponty), a highly advanced blues/rocker with stellar sidemen credentials (Don Harris), and a complete unknown (Nipso Brantner) - were thrown together at the behest of writer / producer Joachim E. Berendt. Berendt also assembled an unusual and interesting supporting cast for this event. Keyboardist Wolfgang Dauner had played extensively with Ponty and was well-known in Euro-avant garde circles as a deep and probing player and composer. At this time, Terje Rypdal was making the transition from sideman (i.e., with George Russell) to full-fledged leader with the August 1971 release of his first self-titled session on ECM. Like Dauner, Rypdal's involvement in contemporary classical composition was much more than a footnote to a burgeoning jazz career. Drummer Robert Wyatt had left Soft Machine, and released a solo LP, End of an Ear, which also showed some fairly advanced avant-garde sensibilities. Bassist Neville Whitehead, a native New Zealander and associate of Wyatt's from the Softs had also appeared on End of an Ear as well as Elton Dean's first solo LP. Oddly, for all the avant-garde and experimental credentials of the sidemen, and Ponty himself (he had just recorded a 'free-jazz' LP, Open Strings, for MPS-BASF), New Violin Summit is a rather straightforward ealy fusion set dominated by violin soloing over repetetive jazz-rock grooves.
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