Jasper van't Hof's Pork Pie
Transitory

[MPS / Promising Music, www.promising-music.com]

If there's one thing that was exciting about jazz made during the initial phase of the 70's was its willingness to incorporate other musical genres under its umbrella. Dutch keyboardist Jasper van't Hof was one of the key figures who kept an open mind. Having formed his band Pork Pie in 1973, the band's debut "Transitory" was released about a year later on the German MPS imprint. Not seeing the light of day on CD until now, the album may come as an ear-opener for some. Here was a musician at the peak of his career willing to take chances. Under the band's fold, van't Hof took saxophonist/flautist Charlie Mariano, guitarist Philip Catherine, bassist J.F. Jenny-Clark and percussionist Aldo Romano. Second percussionist, Ivanir "Mandrake" Do Nascimento made a guest appearance on this record. If one has to describe the music contained within these 43 minutes, it would definitely start with the word fusion. In fusing a variety of styles, van't Hof achieved a mutual compatibility with world music and rock. Listen to the way the monster bass-drum groove is played to its maximum capacity on "Bassamba (Part 1)". Van't Hof was a master at writing extended pieces that explored some fertile ground. Such was the case on the title track, which weaves its way through a multitude of mood changes - going from a tranquil Mariano-van't Hof duet, finally adding Jenny-Clark's arco bass into the mix. Stand-out throughout the album is the leader's harmonic organ, though his slabs of sound on celesta and electric piano aren't shabby either. If there's anything the band excelled in, it's the straight out jams - along the lines of the ones evident on the hallucinatory "Pudu Kkottai" and the rock-out session of "Angel Wings". Pork Pie was a band that had its time and place [they broke up a couple years after this album was recorded], and for those who want to investigate history of jazz in the 70's, "Transitory" is an absolute must.

- Tom Sekowski


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