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Joe McPHEE Po Music – Topology 1981

Posted in JAZZ, Joe McPHEE on November 26, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Joe McPHEE Po Music – Topology 1981
Originally released in 1981 as hatART 1987/88 2LP.
Recorded on March 24 (1,3,4) and 25, 1981 at Foundation Artists’ House Boswil/Switzerland.
1989 Issue. hat ART CD 6037


…As the 1980s began and with a number of Hat Art recordings under his belt, McPhee met composer, accordionist, performer, and educator Pauline Oliveros, whose theories of “deep listening” strengthened his interests in extended instrumental and electronic techniques. McPhee also read Edward de Bono’s book Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity, which presents concepts for solving problems by “disrupting an apparent sequence and arriving at the solution from another angle.” de Bono’s theories inspired McPhee to apply this “sideways thinking” to his own work in creative improvisation, resulting in the concept of “Po Music.” McPhee describes “Po Music” as a “process of provocation” that can be used to “move from one fixed set of ideas in an attempt to discover new ones.” He concludes “It is a Positive, Possible, Poetic Hypothesis.” The results of McPhee’s application of Po principles to creative improvisation can be heard on several Hat Art recordings, including Topology, Linear B, and Oleo & a Future Retrospective…
By David Lynch.
Joe McPhee might not turn up alongside John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders and Ornette Coleman on the average jazz fan’s top~ten list, but then he’s not your average player. A multi~instrumentalist improviser who’s best known for his tenor sax and trumpet work, McPhee took the avant~garde to new, more respectable levels in the early~ to mid~197Os when too many people had stopped paying attention. Diehards know that this man, who has recorded over 6O discs in the past 35 years, is the most consistently mind~bending lyrical firebrand living and breathing in the genre today. Wish you could see Coltrane, Sanders or Coleman in their prime?
By Matt Sonzala.
A pivotal record in my development as a listener, this 1981 recording ended an obsessive fixation solely with free jazz by opening my ears to the possibilities of non-idiomatic improvisation, composition and electroacoustics. There was of course still enough visceral blowing on the disc to satisfy on that level, though I now began to appreciate how graphic notation can bring coherent form to improvisation. A strikingly variegated palette of sounds and emotions are employed by a judiciously assembled cast of multinational improvisors including Irène Schweizer, Radu Malfatti, Pierre Favre and André Jaume. Many startling juxtapositions stand out – McPhee’s graceful themes floating above Raymond Boni’s industrial-strength guitar, screaming post-Ayler overtones underpinned by delicately bowed strings and an overall mood of contemplative introspection continually stalked by terrifyingly abrasive collective improvisation. It sounds as bold and fresh today as I imagine it always will.
By Fred Grand.
His magical take on avant-garde sax remains one of the wonders of the scene. He still has one of the most beautiful tones on the planet, even when he’s reaching for jazz’s outer limits.”
Bass- François Mechali
Cello- Michael Overhage (tracks: 1, 2, 5)
Composed By- Joe McPhee (tracks: 1, 2, 4)
Pocket Cornet- Joe McPhee (tracks: 1 to 3, 5)
Guitar- Raymond Boni (tracks: 1 to 3, 5)
Percussion- Radu Malfatti (tracks: 1, 5)
Piano- Irène Schweizer
Tenor Sax- André Jaume (tracks: 1, 3 to 5) , Joe McPhee (tracks: 1, 3, 4)
Alto and Baritone Sax- Daniel Bourquin (track 3,5)
Trombone- Radu Malfatti (tracks: 1, 3, 5)
Percussion- Pierre Favre (track 5)
Tamia- Vocal (track 5)
01. Age  10:43
02. Blues For New Chicago  5:32
03. Pithecanthropus Erectus  10:30
Composed By – Charles Mingus
Baritone Sax- Daniel Bourquin
04. Violets For Pia  7:38
Clarinet [Bass]- André Jaume
05. Topology (I and II)  28:40
Composed By- André Jaume , Joe McPhee , Raymond Boni
Electronics [Micro-]- Radu Malfatti
Percussion- Pierre Favre
Alto Saxophone- Daniel Bourquin
Voice- Tamia

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