ALFRED 23 HARTH
“micro-saxo-phone. edition III” cdr
released 1 January 2011 by Kendra Steiner Editions, KSE #175
recorded at LaubhuetteStudio, Moonsum, South Korea, 2010
total running time: 74:11 (17 tracks)
$7.00 (US) ppd. anywhere
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In his new album MICRO-SAXO-PHONE. EDITION III, German free-music multi-stylist ALFRED 23 HARTH has extended the vocabulary of the solo saxophone deep into the 21st century, creating a jagged, self-reflexive, multi-layered work that will stop listeners in their tracks.
In jazz circles, the vocabulary of the solo saxophone is often traced back to Coleman Hawkins’ mid-40s recordings “Hawk’s Variations” and “Picasso.” In the late 60’s and early 70’s musicians as diverse as Anthony Braxton, Steve Lacy, Lee Konitz, and Sonny Rollins began re-investigating the possibilities 0f solo saxophone performance, opening the door for musicians ever since. Saxophonist ALFRED 23 HARTH is a man who has been on the cutting edge of the free-music world since his emergence onto the scene in the late 1960’s Germany, and his new album “micro-saxo-phone. edition III” provides him a vehicle to use ALL aspects of his instrument, close-miking the keys and the reed, bowing the body, as well as using his virtuoso technique in passages that run the gamut from the lyricism of a Ben Webster to the highest chirps and the lowest rumbles, from clipped bursts to melting smears. In addition, he is multi-tracking new recordings, playing against older recordings of himself from the 70’s, weaving in strains of musique concrete and strands of spoken word into sound collages, and then using a Kaoss Pad to add further layers and to slice-and-dice the rest. “micro-saxo-phone.edition III” is a truly unique work, one recorded especially for KSE by Mr. Harth just a few months ago.
With beautiful cover art by Bill Major and liner notes from A23H himself, explaining the “micro-saxo-phone” concept and the sessions, this is an essential release and only SEVEN DOLLARS postpaid. It is limited to 123 numbered copies. Don’t miss out…order NOW. $7 US via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot) com. Critics/reviewers with any questions or who would like a review copy should get in touch. Wholesale/dealer enquiries are also welcome.
Alfred 23 Harth, in a career spanning five separate decades, has played with many of the greats of the free-music, free-improv world, including Sven-Ake Johansson, Paul Bley, Sonny Sharrock, Henry Grimes, George Lewis, Nicole van den Plas, Peter Brotzmann, David Murray, Paul Lovens, Peter Kowald, and too many others to mention.
Thanks to Mr. Harth for allowing this South Texas small-press and micro-label to release such an important work. Kendra Steiner Editions has been issuing poetry chapbooks since 2006 and began issuing experimental music on CDR in 2010.
KSE is also happy to say that we will be issuing a 3″ mini-cd in May entitled RED CANOPY, including Mr. Harth and Korean musicians Chang U Choi and Soojung Kae. That will be a fascinating and unique creation, something that truly redefines the term “trio” and brings it into the 21st Century. Stay tuned for details.
Much information can be found at A23H’s website, http://alfredharth.blogspot.com/ , where you can find links to excellent, in-depth interviews with Harth by Massimo Ricci and Clifford Allen.
In the US, Squidco stocks a number of Harth’s lesser-known recent works, including “micro-saxo-phone. edition II,” and you can find that here: http://www.squidco.com/miva/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=9794