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Artist: ERTUNC TRIO, HUSEYIN
Title: Musiki
Format: LP
Label: Holidays
Country: Holidays
Price: $26.00
Edition of 400. "Holiday Records present a reissue of Hüseyin Ertunç Trios Mûsikî, originally released in 1974 on Intex Records. This cosmic free jazz improvisation by this legendary trio guided by Hüseyin Ertunç - on drums - with his then-regular partners Michael Cosmic and Phil Musra - on saxophones and additional percussion - reveals the primitive and physical approach of the trio, with Ertunçs massive cymbals drumming building a carpet of trance-driving vibe where the reeds can freely dance without any structure. "A new world of improvisational freedom opened up for me when I first heard drummer Huseyin Ertunçs 1974 LP Mûsikî, with reedmen/multi-instrumentalists/brothers Phil Musra and Michael Cosmic. Ertunç returned to his native Turkey about twenty years ago (and performs with the Konstrukt collective), but Musra - this tunes composer - now resides in Los Angeles and, as regular readers of this blog know, is still active in music. Although I initially assumed that Mûsikî and Musras companion LP The Creator Spaces (1974) were recorded at the same session, in truth Mûsikî was recorded months earlier. The Creator Spaces is a bit more spacious than Ertunçs date, though both are quite intense documents of self-produced and spiritually-directed improvisation. Knotty and weird, theres a folksy unhinged-ness that really spoke to me in a way quite different from Albert Ayler, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and other music I was spending time with when I dropped the needle on the trios debut album. Ertunçs percussion work really shocked me and its still absolutely fascinating, and Cosmics organ playing behind/around Musras tenor is just something else." - Clifford Allen.

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