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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


- Hartmut Geerken (Januarry 1999) trans. Isabel Seeberg


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

Available as 320k MP3 or 16bit FLAC


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