HANS REICHEL R.I.P. 1949-2011

November 30, 2011 – 4:26 am

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Moers 1990 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Schloßtheater Moers, Moers, Germany; September 21, 1990. Excellent FM broadcast.

The jazz world did not only lose drummer Paul Motian when he passed away on November 22, 2011. Avant-garde musician Hans Reichel also passed away on the same day in Wuppertal in Germany. He was 62.

The wikipedia describes Reichel as an improvisational guitarist, experimental luthier, inventor, and type designer. A Renaissance Man, Reichel constructed and built several variations of guitars and basses, most of them featuring multiple fretboards and unique positioning of pickups and 3rd Bridges. (He may be best known for his Daxophone, which is played mostly with a bow.) The resulting sounds exceeded the range of conventional tuning and added unusual effects, from odd overtones to metallic noises, to his play. His collaborators include accordionist Rüdiger Carl, cellist Tom Cora, drummer Paul Lovens and guitarist Fred Frith.

Here is one 1990 show with Frith. Thanks to apus_apus for sharing the tracks on Dime. Hopefully fans will be intrigued enough to search out more recordings by Reichel.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.

Radio station intro 0:38 (882k)
Untitled 7:22 (10.1MB)
Untitled 14:07 (19.3MB)
Untitled 7:34 (10.3MB)
Untitled 8:32 (11.7MB)
Radio station outro 0:19 (437k)

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  1. 9 Responses to “HANS REICHEL R.I.P. 1949-2011”

  2. hey bigo, awesome, thanks!


    By Ed Saad on Nov 30, 2011

  3. for those that have difficulty with ascii text when fixing tags and use a pc, the venue translates to:


    or you can copy and paste it then put inside your tags. i usually will type it regular cause it becomes a problem when backing it up on dvd-r’s on a pc.


    By Ed Saad on Nov 30, 2011

  4. for those that like free improv like me, this is a good album frith plays on with my friend, carla k.

    it is good music, but some who aren’t familiar with the style are taken off by it.


    he has a rock band too with carla called cosa brava. i have their disc. it’s good.

    another good free improv one is robair/dalaba/sperry/frith. you can get it on shirba.com. john’s cool.


    By Ed Saad on Nov 30, 2011

  5. shiurba.com. sorry.

    By Ed Saad on Nov 30, 2011

  6. Interesting. Thanks– again.

    By Jonathan on Nov 30, 2011

  7. this is pretty good, bigo. thanks again for posting!

    now some may remember frith from zorn’s naked city band. frith was in henry cow too. they were cool. i found a show by them almost three years ago that’s too heavy. captain beefheart toured with them. i wish i saw that.

    if one wants to hear something different, try this. it’s not like rock music. there aren’t solos. it’s more like symphonic or folk music, if i had to compare it. it’s good stuff.


    By Ed Saad on Nov 30, 2011

  8. So sorry to hear of the passing of Hans Reichel. I can’t believe there’s no mention of Hans’ amazing instrument he called the Daxophone. you gotta check Hans recordings featuring this totally unique instrument. Look it up.

    By slidewell on Dec 1, 2011

  9. Ed, please don’t do anymore drugs!!!

    By jackfan on Dec 9, 2011

  10. jackfan, i don’t do drugs and never have. i just like cool music. maybe it’s not your cup of tea, but people do free improv. as you can see, slidewell does.

    By Ed Saad on Dec 9, 2011

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