Exposé Online banner

Per Aage Brandt / Karsten Vogel — Cry!
(Storyville 101 8443, 2016, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2017-02-05

Cry! Cover art

Pianist Brandt and saxophonist Vogel, long before the latter’s fame in Burnin’ Red Ivalhoe and Secret Oyster, played together in the Vogel Brothers Quartet in 1963. Don’t look for any recordings because there are none, although together and individually in those early years, the two played as sidemen in various jazz outfits, and are both featured on trumpeter Hugh Steinmetz’ 1966 album Nu! With Cry!, the two join forces again after a lifetime, during which time Brandt has continued to play and compose privately (although he did collaborate on a piece for the 2013 Burnin’ Red Ivanhoe BRI release), and Vogel has worked in numerous bands and more recently with guitarist Robin Taylor in his band Taylor’s Universe. But Cry! pushes the reset button for these two, going all the way back to their beginnings and their love for 50s style avant-garde jazz (think Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Don Cherry, and others), a style which was very popular and influential in their native Denmark. The two are joined by relative youngsters Klaus Menzer (also of the recent Burnin’ Red Ivanhoe band) and bassist Flavio Perrella, who together support the team superbly. All of the ten tunes here are originals by Vogel or Brandt or collaborations thereof, with the sole exception of the closer “My Funny Valentine” by Rogers & Hart, performed much in the way Albert Ayler might have played it back in the day. In all, this is a fun and magical trip back to the early 60s in the Brandt / Vogel wayback machine.


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): Karsten Vogel

Latest news

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Dragonwyck - Dragonwyck – In case you're wondering, Dragonwyck is the title of a 1944 historical romance by Anya Seton, made into a movie starring Gene Tierney and Vincent Price. This Dragonwyck, on the other hand, was a psych...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues