Herbert Joos – The Philosophy Of The Fluegelhorn (1974/2019) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Herbert Joos – The Philosophy Of The Fluegelhorn (1974/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 36:59 minutes | 712 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © ECM

The Philosophy of the Fluegelhorn is Herbert Joos’s first of two albums for ECM’s sister label JAPO, the second being Daybreak. Where the latter was a lyrical, if longwinded, excursion, the former is something of a meta-statement for the German renaissance man—not only because he plays a bevy of overdubbed instruments, but also because its freer detailing gives pause over the sheer depth of realization.

The title track draws us into the outdoors, where field-recorded birds—and, among them, Joos’s horn—populate the trees with temporal awareness. Sibilant breath and popping bamboo flutes share the entanglement: the rhizomatic spread of Joos’s becoming-animal. Following this undulating prelude, “The Warm Body Of My True Love” opens the stage, a halved and hollowed whole. The nature of this soliloquy must be sought out in stirrings of life, excitations of molecules, and less definable physical properties. The horns are trembling, universal. “Skarabäus II” is of similarly finite constitution, navigating passage into darker dreams and adding to those horns a string’s uncalled-for response to the question of existence. Braided offshoots of trumpet fly around one another, each carrying its own flame of obsession. Next is the smooth and sultry “Rainbow.” Tinged by the alcoholic sunset of vibes, it is a hangover not yet shaken for want of the altered perspective. The squealing litter of horns that is “The Joker” segues into “An Evening With The Vampire.” Bathed in the sounds of nine arco basses, it enacts a morose ending to an otherwise luminescent session. Its sul ponticello screams recall George Crumb’s Black Angels and spin the echo-augmented horn like a chromatic Ferris wheel until the breath stops.

If you’ve ever been curious about Joos but didn’t know where to start, then by reading this you’ve already put your hand on the knob. Just turn it.

1. The Philosophy Of The Fluegelhorn 13:14
2. The Warm Body Of My True Love 06:38
3. Skarabäus II 08:54
4. Rainbow 03:37
5. The Joker 02:40
6. An Evening With The Vampire 01:56

Herbert Joos, fluegelhorn, bass, bass recorder, bamboo flute, mellophone, trumpet, alto horn, vibes

Recorded July 1973 at Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg Produced by Herbert Joos

Digitally remastered