BENNINK, HAN - Nerve Beats

For those uninitiated, Han Bennink is one of the founding figures of European improvised music; longtime musical partner of Misha Mengelberg; and co-founder of the Instant Composers Pool (ICP). In short, Bennink is one of the most swinging, adventurous people on the planet. Though hes been active since the early 60s, Bennink remains energetic and irrepressible, and certainly qualifies as one of the great solo improvisers of the century -- at times madcap & go-for-broke, other times harrowing, but always a sheer delight. Recorded for Germanys Radio Bremen in 1973, in the period when Bennink was storming Europe in a trio with Peter Brotzmann and Fred Van Hove, Nerve Beats is a great recording never before issued on CD. It comes from a time when Bennink employed a gigantic setup; metal percussion, tons of extra drums, tablas, an early drum-machine, as well as non-percussive instruments like trombone, clarinet, and various impossible-to-describe objects. A 3 track live concert recorded in its entirety at the acoustically ideal Rathaus, Nerve Beats is also the only live document available of Han performing solo at this time, as his early FMP and ICP records are out of print (and decidedly sought after). Nerve Beats has been mastered from the radio session original tapes and sports new handmade cover art by Bennink (also an accomplished visual artist) and a freewheeling period portrait by outstanding photographer Pieter Boersma. Heres Han Bennink alone and at his most expansive, explosive, and wildly imaginative. Hilarious, razor sharp and not to be taken lightly. -Atavistic

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This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

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