This is a reissue of the Finnish lp-only first release by this great rock/avant/fusion guitarist and his band, and includes two bonus tracks.
The record features a unique blend of heavy guitarwork combined with dual, wailing Coleman and Ayler-influenced saxes and a rhythm section of bass/electric bass and two drummers. The music is quite original, but has certain musical ties to the harmolodic school ala The Decoding Society and Prime Time.
ECM released their 3rd and 4th albums and since that time Raoul has performed with a number of great players in a number of different playing situations. But this is where it all began, and it began in a great way here!
"...one of the best albums heard in a few months."
"...this is a vital and important recording signaling the arrival of some world-class talents."
- The Wire
released October 23, 1996
Raoul Björkenheim - guitars, shekere, rebab
Jorma Tapio - alto sax, bass clarinet, bass flute, bones [tracks 1-10]
Tapani Rinne - tenor & baritone sax, wood flute [tracks 1-10]
i must admit now that i collect hendrix covers. his material is SO strong that there are many, and very few really ones. this is one of the best ever. these tracks are hot, and strange, and beautiful, and strong, yet essentially faithful in a colorful way. magical workings! CH