Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Orexis (Germany, 1977)

Continuing on with the Orexis completion, we have their first album from 1977, entirely composed by the amazing Georg Lawall, who plays not just guitars but percussion and sitar. Back of the vinyl describes his musical formation, he was in Total Music Association (free jazz I believe) which produced the LP Walpurgisnacht, then formed the Georg Lawall Trio before Orexis. He was educated in the Munich conservatory and played concert guitar as soloist (not surprisingly given his virtuosity). The other members are Erik Erker, bass, and Gert Kilian on percussions. Erik plays I think cello with a bow in the track 'Tombstone' -- as usual giving it a plaintive funereal sound especially when playing in a very light way on the highest notes. Erik played music by Bartok, Webern and Stravinsky, as well as with Albert Mangelsdorff the great german jazz musician, and other jazz combos in Frankfurt. The percussionist played with the "Ensemble for new music" in Stuttgart as well as multiple jazz groups.

In general this is acoustic music with a great many jazz and classical elements in the composition. Similar to Contact Trio, for those familiar. In my opinion Lawall's writing is not quite as proficient as the two later albums, Inspiration and Reflection. Several songs meander with the acoustic guitar soloing with no real direction. A couple of tracks are marred by monotonous sitar.

Finally, I include in the comments a new good quality rip of Reflection (1979), which to me is the big masterpiece of Georg Lawall. I can't help but mention the incredible photo cover, in which the mirror shows a lovely blonde topless german girl (Lawall is holding a small mirror inside the wall-mounted mirror). Again Lawall is responsible for all compositions except Bassart, by Wolfgang Lauer the bassist on this record. Trilok Gurtu plays tablas and percussions, along with Gert Kilian. Dieter Bihlmeier plays flutes and Bruckdorfer oboe on the second side, called the Catalan Suite. Side one is the Reflection Suite.

Track 1 Unter-rock


Track 4 Tombstone

17 comments:

Tristan Stefan said...

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=U8625CKQ orexis 1
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=M2CJUJ04 orexis 3

apps79 said...

Magnificent post and a long-awaited entry!Great thanks tristan!

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, links are dead...:(

Anonymous said...

OK ok it works!!!!

isabelbc said...

Great!!! :o)

Anonymous said...

Great to have found again a lost Great Gem of my collection ! Thanx !!!

Anonymous said...

Great, but does anyone have the Dieter Bihlmeyer SWF-sessions with musicians involved, who appear here too?

Anonymous said...

Sadly Dead now. I was late. C.

isabelbc said...

hi Anonymous,
link is ok
only Megaupload is with a new look :D

isabelbc said...

flac + front & back covers -> http://www.megaupload.com/?d=JM05V85E

Thank you very much to polvere_di_farfalla for the rip! :o)

Anonymous said...

gran aportacion!! saludos desde México

Anonymous said...

Sounded interesting but the link is dead, any chance of a re-up? My fault for being late. Thanks for all the work.

isabelbc said...

all links are ok!

orexis 1:
mp3 -> http://www.megaupload.com/?d=U8625CKQ
flac -> http://www.megaupload.com/?d=JM05V85E

orexis 3:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=M2CJUJ04

will said...

no they aren't!

isabelbc said...

new link: Orexis - 1977 http://www.mediafire.com/?d2dm5m9aowmm9hz

magogiallo said...

any chance to have a reup in lossless, anyway thank You for the wonderful job

Mr. Morgan said...

New working wav link:
http://netkups.com/?d=653033a105e4a

Enjoy The Atmosphere! ;-))

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