Faust — BBC Sessions+
(ReR Megacorp F5, 1973/2001, CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 2002-09-01The “BBC” part of Sessions + is a twenty minute piece named simply for its date of broadcast: “BBC 1.3.73.” The first section of this track (“The Lurcher”) is a bass and drum groove with a highly effected sax solo. Next comes almost twelve minutes of droning guitars and spacey effects over an insistent beat. This section is dubbed “Kraut Rock”; it waxes and wanes in intensity over its course, though it doesn’t really feature any sort of a melody or even improvised solo. The BBC session finishes off with a ditty called “Do So,” with silly Faustian singing (“I see you are the one to be me”) over sparse accompaniment. It’s a little like one of those psychedelic Soft Machine songs off the first album. The “Plus” part of Sessions + consists of five previously unreleased recordings (dates and sources uncredited) and a pair of previously released tracks. Their inventive spirit and sense of adventure sometimes leads them off into questionable territory, but chances are there’s a jump cut to something different coming up if things get out of hand. If you’ve heard any other Faust from this time period, you know what to expect: jamming, effects, tape manipulation, goofy humor. If you’re not familiar with them, think of Ummagumma with more studio tricks and you won’t be far off. I’m not sure I’d recommend this CD to Faust newbies, but for fans, this should prove a welcome addition to the canon.
Related artist(s): Faust
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more
Chicago-Based Surabhi Ensemble Tours the World in January – Surabhi Ensemble was formed more than a decade ago in Chicago with the aim of bringing together musicians from varying traditions to make music. Saraswathi Ranganathan, who plays veena, assembled a cast that includes Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and percussion from Africa and India. This month, the group will be sharing their sounds with concert-goers in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. » Read more
Seaprog Festival Seeks Donations – Seaprog is a small festival in Seattle that highlights creative music from many genres with artists from around the world. It's also a US non-profit organization. They're seeking donations to help keep the ball rolling. Starting in 2013, the organization has been growing, and has featured such artists as Free Salamander Exhibit, Jack o' the Clock, Nik Turner, Cabezas de Cera, Miriodor, Thinking Plague, and many more. » Read more
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more