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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Katamaran, Germany

Katamaran - s/t. 1977 Plane Jazz.
Katamaran - Cafe Florian. 1978 Plane Jazz.
Katamaran - Footprints. 1980 Plane Jazz.

The endless German jazz fusion era of the late 70s and early 80s strikes once again with Katamaran. The debut is more in line with the then current scene (Moira, Kraan, etc..) with hot playing, memorable melodies and tight unison runs. Their 3rd and final album branched into more hardcore jazz (acoustic piano, sax solos, loose structures), while still maintaining a preferable fusion edge. Final track is a sombre flute, acoustic bass, piano and drums piece. "Cafe Florian", the middle album, is the one I heard last. It's more introspective than the RTF flavored debut and the heavy jazz of "Footprints". Stronger flute work here than on the others, and the atmospheres are heavy. All three are different, but worth seeking out.

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