Exposé Online banner

Reinhard Flatischler + Megadrums — Layers of Time
(Ellipsis Arts CD4130, 1996, CD)

by Mike Ezzo, Published 1997-05-01

Layers of Time Cover art

I've never heard of this fine musician before now, but if I had one bit of advice to give him I'd say, "Call up Manfred Eicher, pronto!" This release would fit sparklingly well on the ECM label. In a just world anyway... Band leader / percussionist Flatischler follows quite loyally in Jan Garbarek's footsteps through woodwind player Wolfgang Puschnig. The breathy, wooden tones of his sax and flute command a formidable presence throughout this percussion-drenched holy convergence of jazz and ethnic music. Not since Milton Codona (who also appears on this album) and Garbarek's work, I believe, have I heard so thorough and satisfying a multi-culture cornucopia. Where Codona and their acolytes forge new territory in their kaleidoscopic blend, Flatischler at times veers nigh on quoting verbatim various bits of African or Latin musics. But for every such instance, there is a corresponding piece which defies any attempt to trace its sources. Shakers, marimba, tabla, berimbau, congas, talking drum, you name it; if it can be hit, then it probably can be heard on this veritable paradise of percussion. Who can resist being captivated by the surging tension as flutes and the rich acoustic timbres of the percussion section duel it out? Points of interest were bountiful — I especially liked the quasi-Javanese gamelan they created by using a miscellany of tuned gongs. And give him an extra pat on the back for leaving the bass and keyboards in the studio closet! What with the company he keeps on this recording — Zakir Hussain, Airto, Glen Velez — more melody instruments would almost test one's credulity. A commendable sensitivity to space and color, and an acumen for pacing the whole shebang into complementary movements spotlighting the performers' virtuosity, make Layers of Time one that I heartily applaud.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 12, 1996 releases

Related artist(s): Zakir Hussein, Airto Moreira, Reinhard Flatischler / MegaDrums

Latest news

2021-01-18
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Liberation. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more

2020-12-09
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Klaus Schulze - Moonlake – Moonlake is the latest Klaus Schulze release of new music, and a welcome breath of fresh air it is! The title is not a reference to the classic Schulze of Moondawn or “Crystal Lake,” but instead...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues