Oliv & Familie

Spontaneous Music Ensemble

Medium: CD
Year: 2014

Availability: Out of stock



A long overdue reappearance of the third Spontaneous Music Ensemble LP. One version of Oliv features Kenny Wheeler and Derek Bailey soloing over a four-person voice and saxophone drone which is eventually joined by a piano/bass/drums rhythm section. The second version is an improvisation by the quartet of John Stevens, Maggie Nicols, Trevor Watts and Johnny Dyani - one of the great early examples of the free improvisation era, and the recording debut of Nicols.

Also included are one and a half takes ofFamilie by an eleven piece group, the earliest recorded example of a large group SME performance. Strongly influenced by Gagaku (Japanese court music), this ensemble comprises two voices, three winds, three strings, piano, guitar, and percussion.