“Sowiesoso” by Cluster

Keith Jarrett‘s success in his tours of Germany in the early 70s owed some debt to the burgeoning, radical art scenes taking over that country’s larger cities.  German audiences supported a fiercely independent free rock culture that drew heavily from American jazz — particularly the extended, disciplined jams of In a Silent Way-era Miles Davis — and that pushed Hendrix‘s electric sorcery … Continue reading “Sowiesoso” by Cluster

“Gravity’s Angel” by Laurie Anderson

Progressive rock’s avant garde wing has always acted as a kind of disciplined version of its more mainstream cousin, dependent on self-imposed constraints, those kinds of “oblique strategies” that Brian Eno and his expanding circle of collaborators employed to spur, and rein in, their impulses.  The cross-pollination of these two (sometimes warring) factions — at least … Continue reading “Gravity’s Angel” by Laurie Anderson

“Sonnenblumenstahl” by Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk

I’m continuing with my Jonas Munk kick from two weeks ago, when I posted the fabulous Sun River stream, “Esperanza Villanueva”. “Sonnenblumenstahl” is a beautiful piece of Moebius/Roedelius/Plank-style krautrock from Munk’s and Ulrich Schnauss’s 2011 full-length collaboration. Munk the guitarist and Schnauss the keyboardist have both left their influential mark on ambient techno, and together they make music that … Continue reading “Sonnenblumenstahl” by Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk