Friday, January 30, 2009

Michael Mantler

Michael Mantler is on the go with new material for the first time since 2000's "Hide and seek" (ECM), this time with "Concertos" (ECM 2008). More info on Mantler and his music on his own site, where you also find the scores!
I still haven't heard the new one, but have spent the evening playing some of the old ones.The video shows a recording from 1987, where Jack Bruce sings Edward Gorey's "The Doubtful guest". This is probably the same concert you'll find on "Live" (WATT 1987), and the crew is Michael Mantler, John Greaves, Rick Fenn, Jack Bruce, Nick Mason and Don Preston.
Mantler usually chooses vocalists with distinct voices, and has used Jack Bruce, Kevin Coyne, Marianne Faithfull and Robert Wyatt.
Rober Wyatt is on these Michael Mantler records:
"The Hapless Child" (WATT 1976)
"Silence" (WATT 1977)
"Many Have No Speech"(WATT 1988)
"The School of understanding" (ECM 1997)
"Hide and Seek" (ECM 2001)
"Review (1968-2000)" (ECM 2007)

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