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Co-founded in 1978 by Chris Cutler, London-based ReR Megacorp remains a musician-led independent label after almost 40 years. Blithely disregarding market wisdom, it continues to release titles across a wide spectrum of genres.
ReR is home to cult bands This Heat, Henry Cow, Faust, Art Bears, The Necks...
Long hailed as one of the great powerhouse groups of European free jazz - hear, for example, their gutwrenching 1970 debut BALLS (UMS/ALP233) - the trio of German saxophonist Pater Brotzmann, Belgian pianist Fred Van Hove and Dutch percussionist Han Bennink waxed this (arguably their greatest) LP in a bremen studio in 1973. Unlike other, more sprawling documents of the threesome, the self-titled record, now lovingly referred to by fans as its catalogue number, FMP130 shows the breadth of moods and materials open to the group in a set of concise, powerful statements. Listen to Van Hove's masterful celeste, Brotzmann's bottomless bass saxophone and Bennink's unlimited well of junk percussion. Short tracks, a wide range of instruments, crisp German studio recording, and the classic cover with Brotzmann's distressed b&w photos, FMP 130 is a proud addition to the growing FMP archive.