Saturday, January 9, 2016

GATO BARBIERI / DOLLAR BRAND – Confluence (LP-1974)




Label: Freedom – FLP 40118
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue / Country: UK / Released: 1974
(UK, laminated cover)
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded at Fonorama Studios, Milan, 16th March 1968.
Producer – Alan Bates, Mario Nicalaio
Engineer – Livio Civiera
Photography By [Back Cover] – Jean-Pierre Maurer
Photography By [Front Cover] – Ib Skovgaard Peterson
Design [Sleeve] – Hamish Grimes

A1 - The Aloe And The Wild Rose .................................................... 14:22
         Written-By – Brand
A2 - Hamba Khale! ............................................................................. 2:16
         Written-By – Brand
B1 - To Elsa ........................................................................................ 7:20
         Written-By – Barbieri
B2 - Eighty First Street ........................................................................ 8:36
         Written-By – Barbieri

Gato Barbieri – tenor saxophone
Dollar Brand – piano, cello

A real sleeper – and one of the treasures of the Freedom series! The album's a rare meeting between Argentine tenor player Gato Barbieri and South African pianist Dollar Brand – a true global meeting of the jazz minds, and a recording that's stronger than most of the work either player was recording at the time! The format is incredibly spare – just tenor and piano, plus some occasional cello work by Brand – dark and angular, but also filled with small flowers of hope, flowering in the spontaneous presence of these two titans. Tracks are long, with a free flowing quality that's infused with soul and spirit.



On his second release after recording the Umiliani film score for the “Una Bella Grinta” movie,  Dollar Brand teams up with Gato Barbieri to make a pretty hard hitting, but low key recording which really highlights both the sensitivities and ferocity of Gato Barbieri’s playing and introduces yet another side to this enigmatic player.
In many ways, Confluence feels like an exercise in contrasting shades and dynamic with the really legato modal playing of Dollar Brand, who plays the perfect supporting role, while Gato wails and screeches and honks his way through the recordings giving loads of light and shade textures.
There are moments of pure ‘Free’ Jazz but mostly its an Avant Garde Jaz record in the style of early ECM records. There is a softening behind these heavy blows and a lightness that peers out of the dark chaos of the playing.
This is a collaboration in the true sense of the word. Alternating between scintillating, angry blasts of saxophone and moments of pure beauty (Dollar Brand at his best and most atmospheric on both piano and cello), this is both sparse and in-your-face at the same time. Beautifully recorded in Milano in march, 1968 (lots of atmosphere that perfectly matches that dark, mysterious cover art).



Confluence was originally released in Europe and later in the US with a different sleeve design from the one shown above. It was reissued later and renamed Hamba Khale! which translates to ‘Farewell’ (to the dead) literally “go Well” in Xhosa language. Pretty, Frantic, Thoughtful and energetic all at once. A sweet little Jazz record that while it takes work from the listener,  is well worth the time.



If you find it, buy this album!

9 comments:

  1. GATO BARBIERI / DOLLAR BRAND – Confluence (LP-1974)
    Vinyl Rip/FLAC+Cover

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  2. I have this one, it's perfect!
    Thank You Vitko!

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  3. I think this is a logical continuation of the previous two Cherry's albums. Listen to "Eighty First Street" from this LP and compare with some parts of the "Orient (Part 2)" and "Dollar And Okay's Tunes (Part 2)" with the Blue Lake. Very similar hallucinatory ride piano. In late sixties and early seventies, the three musicians very successfully cooperated together and exploring musical spaces on almost identical way.
    Look for albums:
    The Third World-Underground (LP/Trio Records - PAP-9018), Re-released on CD in 2014
    Togetherness (LP/Durium - A ms 77127), Re-released on CD in 2014

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  4. Thank's for the tip! I have "Third World" reissue cd from '95. It's a bit hard to get a dissent copy of "Togetherness" but i'll manage with what i have ;).
    Few years ago i was completely new to free-jazz. When it found me, it blow my mind and i'm in my forty's! So people like You opend perspectives in my room and my mind!
    Thank You Vitko!

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  5. Excellent album. Many thanks, Vitko

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  6. I got the same album with very different artwork on the Arista label. My copy is pretty worn out, so your rip is a very appreciated addition to my album. THank you Vitko for another great share.

    Uwe (from Germany)

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