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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hermann Szobel, USA *** REISSUED ***


Hermann Szobel - Szobel. 1976 Arista.

2/11/2012 update: To be reissued by The Laser's Edge in 2012

An album that is complex as all get out by 18 year old prodigy pianist. Album has a distinct avant progressive flavor to it, though I suspect there's no intention of going for that sound per se. Instrumental Frank Zappa is an obvious influence here, with some tight wind charts, and I'm betting that Szobel may have heard a Henry Cow album or two. Arista started as a "progressive" label, much like Virgin did, but by 1978 they were already hopelessly signing commercial slop. Szobel's sole album remains as one of the most obscure on the label. He's pretty much disappeared into the ether, though there have been rumors of a reissue in the past.

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