Rüdiger Carl Archives

VORN

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Here’s something you don’t see every day: a solo album of “songs and improvisations” performed primarily on the accordion. Rüdiger Carl is nothing if not sui generis, and here listeners get a chance to hear Carl in a truly unadorned musical setting. The plainness of the package belies the playfulness, humor, and sheer sonic range of Vorn. From hoary chestnuts like “Those Were the Days,” to Pharoah Sanders’ “Aum,” and back to “Abide with Me,” the album crosses boundaries with aplomb, at times sounding as old fashioned as, well, a bandoneon, and at others, like some strange precursor to Mouse on Mars. You’ve been Vorned!

GOOSE PANNEE

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A tremendous early showcase for Rüdiger Carl and Irène Schweizer, before an appreciative Berlin audience. Goose Pannée opens with one tune by each, revealing the depth of their talents, before building to the side-long climax that is the title track. A full-bore blowout, it’s a classic example of Euro free improv at its peak, and deserves as wide an audience as possible.

KING ALCOHOL

King Alcohol

The super-rare and highly sought-after debut recording from Rüdiger Carl is finally available again! Unlike his later work, “King Alcohol” is more recognizably in the jazz vein, but still features the unusual trio of tenor sax, trombone, and drums. The six tracks chart a musical dialogue that’s roiling and rumbling, intense and interwoven. European fire music!