Sunday, March 25, 2012

Riot - Green and Blue 1977 (Germany)

This is an ecm-like album from Germany, the group did one more record in a similar style. Think Eberhard Weber but without the long-drawn-out bass solos and instrumental exuberance of Weber and sadly, not as good (sorry to disappoint you all or y'all as our friend Tom would say), though I had high hopes for this outfit. Basically an instrumental acoustic straight-up band with solo uli beckerhoff on trumpet and fluegelhorn, who writes most of the songs, the bandmembers' names are in lower case as if to emphasize the university-cool sound of this record. The others are wolfgang ekholt on drums, rainer linke on bass and andy lumpp on piano. The title of the album seems to be a reflection of Miles Davis / Bill Evans "Blue in Green" from Kind of Blue, but I may be wrong. The pianist certainly is no Bill Evans, his style almost doesn't stick in my memory at all. On the other hand, beckerhoff is outstanding with his instruments, recalling the great german master Manfred Schoof, who everyone should listen to, all his albums worth hearing (at least up until the eighties, it goes without saying, when music fell off a cliff into the abyss of mediocrity for the most part). This also definitely recalls the finnish style of ecm jazz. Cover photography is really beautiful of course.


Tristan Stefan said...

Riot blue and green

Unknown said...

Very very nice fusion, thanks Tristan, You been busy lately and presented us several remarkable albums. ;-))


Many Many Thanks for this post

Anonymous said...

Many Thanks
Still no match to the high standard of Blues in Green, but this decent album is absolutely no shy of most liked ECM albums I have known. Very enjoyable music and good cover art!

PHSStudiosRJ said...

Thank you, Tristan!

I'll download it now to check


Anonymous said...

I am so grateful for this diamond.
Outstanding album.
It's a pitty this album was not released in ECM.
What would be the future of this band?
Many many thanks.


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isabelbc said...

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Anonymous said...

Thanks Iz! XOXO

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