Reviewed by Eric on 12 Oct 2003
This is the second CD from Noetra recorded during the period of 1979-1982. From the
interesting liner notes it appears Noetra worked hard to strike up a deal and interest, even
getting as far as a meeting with ECM head honcho Manfred Eicher, which proved
fruitless in the end. A sad tale indeed, but thanks to Musea we have two quality CD’s from
this excellent ‘Chamber Jazz’ band.
Knowing the band’s history it’s easy to see why they approached ECM, as the sound here
is very reminiscent of Oregon and Eberhard Weber. I also hear bits of
Paul Winter at his ‘Jazziest’, and of course elements of National Health
and Soft Machine. This is wonderful stuff, and in hindsight it hard to imagine
these guys did not move on to bigger things.