Geerken / Tchicai / Don Moye - Cassava Balls

"Recorded live at the Praxis '85 festival in Athens, Greece on May 8, 1985, a night when, by the sound of things, each man was in thorough musical command. A high-energy, high-passion, all-around great recording." - All About Jazz

"The concert took place in Orpheus Theatre. In a room behind the stage we found costumes and hats from a previous theatrical performance. We quickly agreed on the unusual headgear and only when somebody announced our trio on stage did I let Famoudou and John know the parameters of the piece. These were the followin: everybody dashes to his instrument onstage as fast as he possibly can and starts to play as loud as possible, as much as possible and as quickly as possible without a second's delay. The intensity of the piece was to be at its peak from the first note. The text of the patriotic poem I recite which is taken up and improvised on by John and Famoudou goes like this:

crack, sudden

flower, blue

bottle, fly

bad, beat

small, wise

glass, equal

pain, taste

snow, fast

button, knee

mercy"

- Hartmut Geerken (Januarry 1999) trans. Isabel Seeberg

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Recorded live at PRAXIS 1985 by George Ergomenides. Remastered by Mick Richie. Photos by Agis Kelpekis.

Available as 320k MP3 or 16bit FLAC

Tracklisting:

1. Patriotic Poem Number One Forty Years After - 7:25
2. Sawasawa - 6:45
3. Races Places Faces And Asses - 8:07
4. Mohawk [written by Charlie Parker] - 4:35
5. Mothers [written by Albert Ayler] - 4:51
6. Marconison - 11:14
7. Cassava Snake One Pot - 6:45
8. Mikel Black - 6:15
9. Rosty Metal - 8:37