- Released: October 23, 2001
- Label: Golden Years Of New
- 1.Con Anima
- 2.Concerto Grosso
This is a limited edition pressing of 750 copies.
2 LPs on 1 CD: CON ANIMA (1976)/CONCERTO GROSSO (1980).
The Ganelin Trio: Ganelin/Chekasin/Tarasov.
This CD puts together the Ganelin Trio's first two LPs. Con Anima was recorded in 1976 and released the following year by Melodia, the official (and only) U.S.S.R. record label; Concerto Grosso was recorded in 1978, but released two years later. The first album presents the essential elements of the trio's sound: wild energy, passion, a propensity to draw from all of jazz's history and pre-history, along with folk music, a wide array of instruments, complex writing, etc. The album is a collage of various bits of music, vignettes so to speak, linked together by piano, saxophone, and drums solos that are faded in and out -- transitions from one scene of a dream to the next. For the reissue, everything has been lumped into one 41-minute track. Sound quality gets precarious in the busier passages, but otherwise it is a very good recording, utterly risk-taking and freaky. "Concerto Grosso," also lumped into one track (35 minutes), is both more tempered and ground-breaking. Its parts are better integrated, giving the impression of a single work instead of a kaleidoscope of fragments. It takes the trio farther away from jazz into a realm that was hardly explored at the time in the West. It features pianist Ganelin on guitar for half of the record, and also sees the trio experimenting with studio techniques (multi-tracking, echo effects). Distortion problems have been settled, but at the beginning of the piece, when things are very soft, the listener can distinctly hear something else happening far in the background, as if the session had been recorded over a used reel of tape and the saxophone screams from the previous take were still audible. In any case, having both of these early recordings on one CD makes for great value. Edition limited to 750 copies. ~ Fran?ois Couture