Thursday, September 1, 2016

ROVA – The Crowd - For Elias Canetti (2LP-1986-Hat Hut Rec – hat ART 2032)




Label: Hat Hut Records – hat ART 2032
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Switzerland
Released: 1986
Style: Avantgarde Jazz, Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Album was recorded in a French studio while on tour in 1985.
Design – Walter Bosshardt
Photography By – Hans H. Kumpf
Recorded by – Peter Pfister
Mixed and edited by – Peter Pfister, Larry Ochs
Packaging concept by Werner X. Uehlinger
Produced by Pia and Werner X. Uehlinger
℗ + © 1986 Hat Hut Records Ltd.

A   -  Terrains ............................................................................. 16:30
B1Room ................................................................................. 10:35
B2Knife In The Times, Parts 1 + 2 .......................................... 6:30
C   -  Knife In The Times, Parts 3-8 ........................................... 22:50
D1 - The Crowd .......................................................................... 19:30
D2 - Sport .................................................................................... 3:00

Musicians:
Andrew Voigt – alto saxophone, clarinet
Jon Raskin – baritone saxophone, alto saxophone
Bruce Ackley – soprano saxophone
Larry Ochs – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone

Rare vinyl 2LP box set, ROVA – The Crowd - for Elias Canetti, Hat Art 2032, is an out of print. This is Swiss press 1986.




Originally constructed as a much longer piece for a commission by composer John Adams for the Bay area saxophone quartet to perform a concert of original material, this shorter, tighter version was heavily influenced by the writings of Nobel laureate Elias Canetti's works. Most notably, his classic sociological text Crowds and Power. This album was recorded in a French studio while on tour in 1985. How a book about the fascistic implications of crowds, their organization, circumstances surrounding their coming into being, and how they are manipulated from outside their framework and a musical work of this size and statue have anything in common is a guess for anyone who hasn't absorbed both sources. But it doesn't matter. The Crowd was a turning point for the original ROVA, which still contained Andrew Voigt. From the freewheeling excesses of their earlier recordings on Meta Language and the more structural framework for improvisation employed on their Soviet tour of 1983 to this piece, ROVA had become a finely tuned machine. The Crowd is seamless in both composition and execution after the first few minutes that is "Sport," and directly into the nearly 20-minute title work it becomes impossible for the listener to know what was written and what was improvised. Certainly each member of this group solos, but it is the simultaneous improvisation and the harmonic texture of the composition itself that winds and weaves its way not only though different musical territory (there is even a section that nods toward Adams and Philip Glass), but diverse emotional ground is covered as well. To call this music "jazz" would be both accurate and a mistake, for it is both entirely jazz and not at all; to call it "free music" or "new music" would be just plain lazy and stupid; to call this ROVA music would make sense. From swing to Baroque quotations to minimalist serialism, free jazz, Herbie Nichols, Thelonious Monk, and even ragtime, the Crowd contains every kind of human voice, all together but as separate beings, just like those in Canetti's book. Where they are separate, however, is in the multivalent language they express and signify: As a group, or a "crowd," ROVA uses a self-created language to express the needs of each of its individual players, all borrowing and lending from one another as ideas or structural framework dictate. In Canetti's book, the individual is consumed within the frightening crowd, no longer conscious at all of her or his own motives, but only there to serve the ends of power. That ROVA can mirror this sentiment and thought process so well with a recording is a phenomenal thing, that they can do it and make it a joy to listen to an encounter without knowledge of the original work is what made them so special at the time they recorded this. Bravo.       (_Review by Thom Jurek)





NOTE:
Elias Canetti / Crowds and Power, a masterwork of philosophical anthropology.
(Nobel Prize in 1981).

Crowds and Power is a revolutionary work in which Elias Canetti finds a new way of looking at human history and psychology. Breathtaking in its range and erudition, it explores Shiite festivals and the English Civil war, the finger exercises of monkeys and the effects of inflation in Weimar Germany. In this study of the interplay of crowds, Canetti offers one of the most profound and startling portraits of the human condition.
The style is abstract, erudite, and anecdotal, which makes Crowds and Power the sort of work that awe some readers with its profundity while irritating others with its elusiveness. Canetti loves to say something brilliant but counterintuitive, and then leave the reader to figure out both why he said it and whether it's really true. -- Richard Farr

Buy this excellent book:
https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0374518203/braipick-20



If you find it, buy this album!

11 comments:

  1. ROVA – The Crowd - For Elias Canetti (2LP-1986- hat ART 2032)
    Vinyl Rip/FLAC+Artwork

    LP-1:
    https://1fichier.com/?485w25dyn1
    LP-2:
    https://1fichier.com/?ejal3d94mp

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    1. Vitko - nice punch in the face for the other fellow! Why bother digitizing vinyl when a CD-rip is at hand? And to top that - we have the original artwork from the vinyl release, too! Well, done, Vitko :)

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    2. It's for the good guys from the street :)

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  2. Thank you very much

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  3. Many thanks, Vitko! Just another rare masterpiece!

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  4. Just found this blog - thank you for showing me so much new music.

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  5. Thank you very much, I did not know, that such an Lp exists and I worked quite with Canetti in my studies. "Voices of Marrakesh or Die Provinz des Menschen" also a must read.
    Cheers

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