Sunday, November 30, 2014

FREE MUSIC QUINTET – Free Music One And Two (ESP Disk' / LP-1968)

Label: ESP Disk' – ESP 1083
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: Holland / Released: 1968
Style: Free Jazz, Acoustic, Free Improvisation, Experimental
Recorded June 24-25 1968 in a brick barn in Baarn, Holland.
Producer, Engineer – Onno Scholtze
Cover Design – Erwin Somer
Photographs by – Job Otten

A - Free Music No. 1 . . . . . 19:04
B - Free Music No. 2 . . . . . 18:33

Boy Raaymakers – trumpet, bugle, percussion
Peter Van Der Locht – soprano / tenor sax, piccolo flute, percussion
Erwin Somer – violin, vibes, percussion
Ferdinand Rikkers – bass, percussion
Pierre Courbois – percussion, drums set

Very rare ESP release from 1968, Dutch free jazz group playing in an uniquely European manner.

One of the most uncompromising free jazz records ever made, this one-off improvisation by a group of Dutch players, led by percussionist Pierre Courbois, is an archetype of the style. Free jazz doesn't just require a lot of unrestrained blowing and freeform noise, although there are passages of that here. The two lengthy improvs build from placid beginnings, as each member adds various percussion instruments to the growing cacophony, before reedsman Peter van der Locht (at times playing two saxes at once á la Rahsaan Roland Kirk) and trumpeter Boy Raaymakers let loose. All five players get their chances to lead the quintet, although there's a minimum of soloing. Courbois drives both improvs, and there's a five-minute stretch starting about seven minutes into "Free Music Number One" where he simply explodes, bashing a trap kit and a variety of other objects like the cartoon Tasmanian Devil on a dozen espressos, armed with a pair of baseball bats. There's an impressive sense of dynamics to the improvs, both of which have sections of near-silence mixed in with the explosions, and there's a structural unity to each improv despite the lack of musical themes or other familiar signposts.


If you find it, buy this album! 


  1. FREE MUSIC QUINTET – Free Music One And Two (ESP Disk' / LP-1968)


  2. Nice Vitko! Where do you find this stuff? Either you have been paying much better attention than me for a long time OR you know what rocks to look under . . . either way thanks for this listen of very rare ESP!!!

  3. This looks really interesting.Can't wait to hear it. Thanks Vitko

  4. I've only ever seen this 'listed' in discographies; it will be great to actually hear it. Many thanks.


  5. Now there's one you don't see every day! This is the first earliest example of total improv I'm aware of. In my mind, improv is different than free jazz. Comparing this to the Frank Wright posted just before will give a near perfect example of the differences.

  6. extraordinary artifact! great job Vitko!

  7. Jaw-dropping find.
    One more like this, Vitko, and I'm close to propose you :)

  8. can't download gamefront .. why??

    1. Just now I checked, everything is fine, Gamefront works well. Probably you have some transient disturbances. Try again later.

    2. Yeah, Vitko, the last day or two, GF had some really strange and obtrusive advertisement overlay that prevented you from clicking the ad layer away and accessing the download interface. Glad that GF is now back to "normal." Should work without a hitch again.

    3. Strangely ...In any case, let me know if something is wrong.

    4. I would like again used "1fichier", but with him there is something wrong. For some time I can not make the upload.

    5. gamefront just doesn't work where i am, could you please upload it somewhere else, thanks

  9. Thank you all for the interest! Erwin Somer is my dad and made a lot more good jazz music. (I am the little girl hidden on the left on the picture with the farmhouse. If someone wants more information just ask!