Jasper Van’t Hof’s Pork Pie – Transistory (1974/2017) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Jasper Van’t Hof’s Pork Pie – Transistory (1974/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 43:21 minutes | 855 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © MPS

One of Europe’s most dynamic players, Dutch Keyboardist Jasper Van’t Hof made his name playing with the likes of Jean Luc Ponty, George Gruntz, and Archie Shepp. Formed in 1974, the band boasts a lineup of jazz giants playing cutting-edge fusion. Van’t Hof’s intense brand of fusion reigns on Epoch, with reed maestro Charlie Mariano on alto sax and Jasper on electric piano as the story tellers.

There’s a dark-toned mystery to the meditative Transitory Pt. 1, and on Pt. 2 Mariano’s soprano, Van’t Hof’s prepared organ and J. F. Jenny Clarke’s bowed bass (Clarke plays acoustic bass throughout) achieve an orchestral density. Philip Catherine’s aggressive guitar solo takes flight on Angel Wings, and Mariano picks up the double-reed South Indian Nagaswaram as well as soprano on his take of the South Indian piece Pudu KKottai. Van’t Hof’s romantic intro to Something Wrong leads in the compelling melody, whereas Bassamba Part 1 features the Samba musings of Jenny-Clarke and drummer Aldo Romano, as the band partakes in a joyous rhythmic feast in Part Two. Van’t Hof ends the album with his dystopian Dance of the Oil Sheiks, dripping dark humor in 5/4. Transitory’s mix of ethno, fusion, and its own brand of Avant-garde shaded with a tinge of Latin makes for a minor classic that defies categorization.

01 – Epoch
02 – Transistory (Pt. 1)
03 – Transistory (Pt. 2)
04 – Angel Wings
05 – Pudu Kkottai
06 – Something Wrong
07 – Bassamba (Pt. 1)
08 – Bassamba (Pt. 2)
09 – March of the Oil-Sheiks

Produced by Achim Hebgen. Engineered by Conny Plank.
Recorded on May 17 & 18, 1974 at Conny’s Studio Neukirchen, Germany.
Digitally Remastered.

Jasper van’t Hof – electric piano, prepared organ, grand piano, celesta
Charlie Mariano – soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, flute, bamboo flute, nagaswaram
Philip Catherine – electric guitar, acoustic guitar
J.F. Jenny-Clark – bass
Aldo Romano – drums
Ivanir “Mandrake” Do Nascimento – congas, pandeiro, tambourin, agogó, bells