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Henry Kaiser — Requia And Other Improvisations For Guitar Solo (2013)

 Henry Kaiser — Requia And Other Improvisations For Guitar Solo (2013)

Henry Kaiser — Requia And Other Improvisations For Guitar Solo
♦   Experimental guitarist who is a prolific member of the Bay Area music scene, and a leader of the free improvisers who came of age in the '70s.
Born: 19 September 1952, Oakland, California
Member of: French Frith Kaiser Thompson, Invite the Spirit, The Mistakes, Yo Miles!
Location: Oakland, San Francisco Bay Area
Album release: November 19, 2013
Recording date: May, 2013 & August, 2013
Record Label: Tzadik
Cat. # 7645
Duration:     66:22
Tracks:
1. Basho's Journey      9:15
2. Famadihana Requiem For Dr. JB      2:12
3. Requiem For Fred Lieberman      21:53
4. Sun Ra, Stockhausen, And Feldman Walk Into A Bar On Saturn   8:14
5. Tandem Ghost Bike For Pete Cosey & Sonny Sharrock      9:27
6. Ships That Pass In The Night For Masayuki Takayanagi & Toru Takemitsu      2:44
7. The Many Worlds Of Hubert Sumlin      3:49
8. Blind Joe Death Vs. Charlie Appleyard      5:10
9. Blue Spirits For Randy California      3:47
Personnel:
♦   Henry Kaiser: Guitars
CREDITS:
♦   Heung-Heung "Chippy" Chin  Design
♦   Brandy Gale  Photography
♦   Henry Kaiser  Composer, Engineer, Photography, Producer
♦   Sandor Nagyszalancszy  Engineer
♦   Kazunori Sugiyama  Associate Producer
♦   John Zorn  Executive Producer
♦   Research diver, underwater videographer, world traveler, film director and guitarist extraordinaire, Henry Kaiser has been a central figure in the Bay Area music scene since the late 1970s. A member of the first generation of American free improvisers, his style is completely unique and touches on Rock, Blues, World Music, Folk, Jazz, Classical and so much more. Here he steps out on his own for a solo guitar album that pays tribute to a handful of his heroes who have tragically died in the past few years. A heartfelt and touching program of “requia” for solo guitar by this always surprising American Maverick.
Bio:
♦   In 1977, Kaiser founded Metalanguage Records with Larry Ochs (Rova Saxophone Quartet) and Greg Goodman. In 1979 he recorded With Friends Like These with Fred Frith, a collaboration that lasted for over 20 years. In 1983 they recorded Who Needs Enemies, and in 1987 the compilation album With Enemies Like These, Who Needs Friends? They joined with fellow experimental musicians John French, and English folk-rocker Richard Thompson to form French Frith Kaiser Thompson for two eclectic albums, Live, Love, Larf & Loaf (1987) and Invisible Means (1990). In 1999 Frith and Kaiser released Friends and Enemies, a compilation of some of their earlier work together with new recordings.
♦   In 1991, Kaiser went to Madagascar with fellow guitarist David Lindley, where they spent two weeks recording music with Malagasy musicians. Three volumes of this music were released by Shanachie under the title A World Out of Time.
♦   Since 1998, Kaiser has been collaborating with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith in the "Yo Miles!" project, releasing a series of tributes to Miles Davis's 1970s electric music. This shifting aggregation has included musicians from the worlds of rock (guitarists Nels Cline, Mike Keneally and Chris Muir, drummer Steve Smith), jazz (saxophonists Greg Osby and John Tchicai), avant-garde (keyboardist John Medeski, guitarist Elliott Sharp), and Indian classical music (tabla player Zakir Hussain).
♦   Kaiser has appeared on more than 250 albums and scored dozens of tv shows and films. He was awarded a Grammy for his work on the Beautiful Dreamer tribute to Stephen Foster.
♦   In 2001, Kaiser spent two and a half months in Antarctica on a National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program grant. He has subsequently returned for nine more deployments to work as a research diver. His underwater camerawork was featured in two Werner Herzog films, The Wild Blue Yonder (2005) and Encounters at the End of the World (2007), which he also produced, and for which he and Lindley composed the score. Kaiser served as music producer for Herzog's Grizzly Man (2005). ♦   He was nominated for an Academy Award for his work as a producer on Encounters at the End of the World.
Partial Discography:
1977 : Ice Death (Parachute)
1979 : Protocol (Metalanguage)
1979 : Outside Pleasure (Metalanguage)
1979 : With Friends Like These with Fred Frith
1981 : Aloha (Metalanguage)
1981 : It's a Wonderful Life (Metalanguage)
1983 : Who Needs Enemies? with Fred Frith
1984 : Invite the Spirit (Tzadik Records) with Sang-Won Park and Charles K. Noyes
1987 : With Enemies Like These, Who Needs Friends? with Fred Frith
1987 : Devil in the Drain (SST Records)
1987 : Live, Love, Larf & Loaf (Rhino Records) with French Frith Kaiser Thompson
1989 : Popular Science (Rykodisc) with Sergey Kuryokhin
1989 : Those Who Know History Are Doomed to Repeat It (SST Records)
1990 : Invisible Means (Windham Hill Records) with French Frith Kaiser Thompson
1990 : Re-Marrying For Money (SST Records)
1990 : Heart's Desire (Reckless Records)
1991 : Hope You Like Our New Direction (Reckless Records)
1991 : Tomorrow Knows Where You Live (Victo) with Jim O'Rourke
1991 : A World Out of Time (Shanachie Records) with David Lindley in Madagascar
1992 : Lemon Fish Tweezer (Cuneiform Records)
1993 : Acoustics (Victo) with Mari Kimura, Jim O'Rourke and John Oswald
1994 : The Five Heavenly Truths (FOT Records)
1994 : The Sweet Sunny North (Shanachie Records) with David Lindley in Norway
1994 : Wireforks (Shanachie Records) with Derek Bailey
1995 : Eternity Blue (Shanachie Records)
1999 : Passwords (Spool) with Paul Plimley and Danlielle DeGruttola
2005 : Domo Arigato Derek-Sensei! (Balance Point Acoustics)
2006 : Invite The Spirit 2006 (Tzadik Records) with Sang-Won Park and Charles K.  Noyes
2010 : A Little Stroke Of Light — Live Solo Guitar (official cd-r)
2012 : Kamüra (ZaDiscs) with Randy Raine-Reusch and Torsten Mueller
2012 : Nikola Tesla High School (H(i)nds(i)ght) with Killick Erik Hinds
2013 : Requia And Other Improvisations For Guitar Solo
Blog: http://thehenrykaisercollection.blogspot.cz/
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HENRY KAISER: ETERNITY BLUE
Tracks:
1. Mason's Children      (4:59)
2. High Time      (4:31)
3. Blues For Allah      (29:55)
4. Cold Rain And Snow      (4:50)
5. Dark Star > A Love Supreme > Dark Star      (20:17)
6. Blue Eternity      (9:24)
7. Brokedown Palace      (4:36)

PLAYERS:
♦   Henry Kaiser
♦   Bruce Anderson
♦   Bob Bralove
♦   Danny Carnahan
♦   Tom Constanten
♦   Marilyn Crispell
♦   David Gans
♦   Hilary Hanes
♦   John Hanes
♦   Ngoc Lam
♦   Gary Lambert
♦   Diana Mangano
♦   Mark McQuake-Crawford
♦   Robin Petrie
♦   Known as a free improviser, Henry Kaiser's recorded works have ranged from solo guitar experiments to group excursions with the likes of Crazy Backwards Alphabet, French Frith Kaiser & Thompson and the Yo Miles! project. Along the way, he's tried a little bit of everything with pretty much anyone willing to step out on a ledge with him — from Glenn Phillips to Derek Bailey to the ROVA Saxophone Quartet. But Kaiser has always had a special affinity for The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, whom he's covered (and emulated) on numerous group releases over the years. After Garcia's death in 1995, Kaiser gathered together almost 80 minutes of his Dead-inspired trips, recorded between 1987 and 1995, for Eternity Blue, probably the most sincere Garcia tribute yet released. The 30 minute live "Blues For Allah" and the 20 minute "Dark Star" offer up plenty of evidence that Garcia and Kaiser are true kindred spirits, but the warm covers of "Mason's Children," "Cold Rain And Snow" and "High Time" illustrate that it's not just about the improvisation. Kaiser and Dead fans will love it, especially when the band takes flight. Tom Constanten, David Gans and Marilyn Crispell (among others) are along for the ride. Kaiser's "Blue Eternity" is the disc's sole original composition. Hear how far out they go with a half-hour of "Allah."
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Henry Kaiser — Requia And Other Improvisations For Guitar Solo (2013)

 

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