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A Tribute To Fred Van Hove And Some New Releases

Read "A Tribute To Fred Van Hove And Some New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this week's show a tribute to Fred Van Hove plus new music from Red Gazelle Trio, Angela Verbrugge, Lucia Boffo, Marquis Hill, Doug McDonald, Luis Siciliano, Alex Scheuerer & Najwa Ezzaher, Francisco Mela & Shinya Lin, New York Duo and, the Tome Iliev Sextet. Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Red Gazelle Trio “East West" from In The Midst Of It All (Zack's Music) 00:47 Angela Verbrugge “Enough's Enough" from Love for Connoisseurs (Gut String Music) 05:45 Lucia Boffo ...

Album Review

Fred Van Hove, Roger Turner: The Corner

Read "The Corner" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


Uno è pianista da considerare tra i pionieri del free jazz in Europa (da ricordare la sua partecipazione negli anni sessanta ai gruppi di Peter Brotzmann e, in particolare, al fondamentale album Machine Gun) l'altro è batterista fin dagli anni settanta coinvolto nelle vicende più ispirate dell'avanguardia e dell'improvvisazione inglese. Parliamo di Fred Van Hove e di Roger Turner qui colti dal vivo in una registrazione effettuata nel dicembre 2015 al Cafè Oto di Londra. The Corner ...

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Album Review

Fred Van Hove / Peter Jacquemyn / Damon Smith: Burns Longer

Read "Burns Longer" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


This unique, ad-hoc trio features Belgian master pianist Fred Van Hove, one of the architects of European free improvised music and close collaborator of influential European improvisers such as German reed man Peter Brötzmann, late bassist Peter Kowald, Dutch drummer Han Bennink, fellow countryman and double bassist (and sculptor) Peter Jacquemyn. Both of them rarely recorded in recent years with prolific American double bassist Damon Smith, who initiated this meeting and is influenced by the European approach to free improvisation. ...

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Fred Van Hove: Piano Solo

Read "Piano Solo" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Belgian pianist Fred Van Hove has always been identified with the European free music movement, but he also stands outside the cadre of players that formed the FMP label. This rerelease (first time on CD) of two solo LPs, Prosper (1981) and Die Letzte (1986), reaffirm his personality and uniqueness as an improvising player. Piano Solo comes as part of the limited edition box FMP im Rückblick--In Retrospect (1969-2010), with its extraordinary 218-page book full of photographs, articles, ...

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Album Review

Fred Van Hove: The Complete Vogel Recordings

Read "The Complete Vogel Recordings" reviewed by Jay Collins


Belgian pianist Fred Van Hove is represented on this two-disc reissue of three “rare as hen’s teeth” albums recorded between 1972 and 1974 for the Vogel label. (Note: this material is so rare that the CD set, dubbed from LP, sounds a bit rough at times.) The collection consists of two solo piano performances ( Fred Van Hove and Live At The University ), a duet LP with saxophonist Cel Overberghe ( Een Tweede Vogel ) and a 7 inch ...

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Album Review

Fred Van Hove: Flux

Read "Flux" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Consider the physicality of a Fred Van Hove solo performance. Perhaps the word “physicality” as defined by Merriam-Webster’s “intensely physical orientation: with the predominance of the physical usually at the expense of the mental, spiritual, or social,” doesn’t quite fit. While his solo effort may seem like a 15 round heavyweight fight, it doesn’t neglect the mental, spiritual, or social aspects of creative music. Van Hove, born 1937 in Antwerp has been playing free jazz since the 1960s and solo ...

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Album Review

Fred Van Hove: Flux

Read "Flux" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


This remarkable Belgian pianist has produced two new releases issued on separate labels: “Passing Waves” (see AAJ review Jan. 1998) on NUSCOPE records and this 2 CD “live” set titled “Flux” on Potlatch records. On Disk 1, Van Hove performs a piece called “Derive” which clocks in at 52 minutes. Once again Van Hove performs solo piano and the results are mind-boggling as one would expect. Van Hove utilizes huge muscular block chords to develop extremely complex phrasing while evolving ...


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