Gunter Hampel Group: Heroicredolphysiognomystery
Gunter Hampel (vibes, bass clarinet, flute)
Music From Europe (ESP 1042)
Gunter Hampel (vibes, bass clarinet, flute),
Willem Breuker (soprano, alto, tenor & baritone saxes; clarinet, bass clarinet), Piet Veening (bass), Pierre Courbois (percussion).
Composed by Gunter Hampel.
Recorded: Baarn, Holland, December 21, 1966
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
Wow, and you thought "Klactoveesedstene" was tough to pronounce! Well, no matter. The fun here is in the listening. During the composition's opening minutes, Willem Breuker and Gunter Hamel run incredible circles around each other – clarinets, flutes and saxophone careening with abandon. Some full-band cacophony (my goodness, Breuker might give Peter Brotzmann a run for his money) leads into a Hampel/Corbois vibraphone/drum duet of sorts. This takes us slowly back into horns-behaving-badly madness. Hampel dedicated this piece to Eric Dolphy. The result is certainly in that spirit. When the last cymbal strike rings off into the distance, you will find yourself reaching for the repeat button.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski