Berits Halsband

SKU: SERC029
Label:
Sound Effect Records
Category:
Jazz Rock
Add to wishlist 

For year avid prog collector Tom Hayes of CD Reissue Wish List blog fame pounded away at me on the greatness of Berits Halsband and I simply ignored him.  Truth is I just wasn't ready for it until now.  Now I am - will you be?

Berits Halsband was a "one and done" octet from Sweden.  The album was originally released in 1975 in micro-quantities.  Basically its a seamless blending of instrumental Canterbury flavored prog and kosmigroov jazz along the lines of Bitches Brew played out over 4 extended tracks.  Flutes and trumpets are in the forefront with electric piano and wah-wah guitar grooving away.  The music has a wonderful flow to it.  If you've heard the current band Hooffoot and enjoyed that you will definitely dig this one.

This comes in a gorgeous mini-LP sleeve and the audio has been transferred from the original master tapes.  The release is a collaboration between two Greek outfits - Music Bazz and Sound Effect Records.  They did this up the right way.  Highly recommended.

TOM YOU WERE RIGHT!  I WAS WRONG!

There are no review yet. Be the first!

Product Review

You must login or register to post reviews.
Laser Pic

customers also bought

SEE ALL
  • "Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered edition of the super rare and now classic self-titled Progressive / Jazz Rock album by The Gasoline Band. The group came together in Berlin in 1969 when two Americans, keyboard player Fred Schwartz and trumpeter (and US Army bandsman) Larry "Fish” Brown came together to form a group that would fuse the influences of rock and jazz. By 1970 Schwartz had assembled an ensemble of ten musicians, all hailing from a US military service background. Stylistic differences caused the band to come apart, but the Gasoline Band was the result. After playing concerts in Germany, Schwarz was offered a contract by Cube Records and in 1971 the various members of the band left the US Army and came to London to record their only self-titled album.A fine fusion of rock and jazz, "The Gasoline Band” were championed by Old Grey Whistle Test presenter Bob Harris but sadly failed to make any commercial impact. The album is now hailed as one of the finest (and rarest) records of the genre and this Esoteric Recordings edition marks the album’s first official UK CD release.Newly re-mastered from the original tapes, the reissue includes a booklet that fully restores the original album artwork and a new essay." 
    $17.00
  • "Right from the start, a vastly different Weather Report emerges here, one that reflects co-leader Joe Zawinul's developing obsession with the groove. It is the groove that rules this mesmerizing album, leading off with the irresistible 3/4 marathon deceptively tagged as the "Boogie Woogie Waltz" and proceeding through a variety of Latin-grounded hip-shakers. It is a record of discovery for Zawinul, who augments his Rhodes electric piano with a funky wah-wah pedal, unveils the ARP synthesizer as a melodic instrument and sound-effects device, and often coasts along on one chord. The once fiery Wayne Shorter has been tamed, for he now contributes mostly sustained ethereal tunes on soprano sax, his tone sometimes doubled for a pleasing octave effect. The wane of freewheeling ensemble interplay is more than offset by the big increase in rhythmic push; bassist Miroslav Vitous, drummer Eric Gravatt, and percussionist Dom Um Romao are now cogs in one of jazz's great swinging machines." - All Music Guide
    $7.00
  • "Borboletta is the sixth studio album by Santana. It is one of his jazz-funk-fusion oriented albums, along with Caravanserai, Welcome, Love Devotion Surrender with John McLaughlin, and Illuminations with Alice Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette and Jules Broussard. The guitarist leaves a lot of room to percussion, saxophone and keyboards to set moods ("Spring Manifestations"), as well as lengthy solos by himself ("Promise of a Fisherman") and vocals ("Give and Take", a funky guitar-led song). The record was released in a shiny blue sleeve displaying a butterfly, an allusion to the album Butterfly Dreams by Brazilian musician Flora Purim and her husband Airto Moreira, whose contributions deeply influenced the sound of Borboletta."
    $5.00
  • "The Pop-Liisa and Jazz-Liisa broadcast session series presents previously unreleased and forgotten gems from the biggest names of Finnish prog and jazz of the 1970'sNever bootlegged and known up until now only to a few faithful servants (and largely thought to have been lost for ever), these sessions offer a hitherto unrivalled look into the state of Finnish jazz and progressive rock between the years 1972-1977. Imagine if the sessions recorded by John Peel had only recently been discovered, and you get an idea of the cultural weight of what is being brought into the light of day here.Originally recorded as broadcasts by YLE (the national radio service Yleisradio, ”the Finnish BBC”), the thirty-four Liisankatu sessions are a genuine who's who of Finnish prog and jazz. Interestingly, anyone with even basic knowledge of the era's biggest bands will recognize familiar names at play within these obscure bands. As such, these sessions provide the missing link between jazz and prog, explaining through spirited performances - and largely unknown collaborations - the instrumental prowess and dexterity of these players and bands. What's best, these sessions show these exceptional bands playing for the moment in front of a hundred strong studio audience, not weighed down by the tedium of studio recording, and thus somehow miraculously managing to capture the best of both worlds: studio performances in front of a live audience."Jazz Liisa 3: JUKKA TOLONEN RAMBLIN’ JAZZ BANDLive at Liisankatu studios, Helsinki. Live broadcast on Channel 2, Tuesday April 4th, 1973, 19.15 pm to 8.00 pm. Produced by Yle. Hosted by Matti Poijärvi.A1. A WARM TRIP WITH TAIJA (17:19)B1. RAMBLIN’ (21:50)MIKE KOSKINEN – trumpetPEKKA PÖYRY – flute, alto and soprano saxophonesJUKKA TOLONEN – acoustic and electric guitarsPEKKA POHJOLA – violin and electric bassHEIKKI ”HÄKÄ” VIRTANEN – electric bassREINO LAINE – drums and percussionRONNIE ÖSTERBERG – drums and percussionJazz Liisa 4: KOM QUARTETLive at Liisankatu studios, Helsinki. Live broadcast on Channel 2, Wednesday April 23th, 1975, 8 pm to 8.40 pm. Produced by Yle. Hosted by Matti Konttinen.A1. SPOKEN INTRODUCTION (1:00)A2. VARO NIITÄ (7:11)A3. LAPSI / KALEVI (10:45)B1. MITÄ SINÄ SANOTKAAN (7:19)B2. INTERVIEWED (6:28)B3. ÄLÄ TUHLAA AIKAA (4:38)EIJA ORPANA – vocals and violinPERTTI MELASNIEMI – vocals and percussionEERO OJANEN – piano and electric pianoJUKKA HAURU – electric guitarTAPANI TAMMINEN – bassARI VALTONEN – drums 
    $19.00
  • First time on CD for this masterful fusion album originally released in 1981.  Guitarist/violinist Alain Eckert was a key member of Art Zoyd from 1976 to 1981 - he popped in and out of the lineup during that time  but recorded on their key albums.  This album was recorded after his final departure from Art Zoyd.  The quartet also includes Patricia Dallio (grand piano), Alain Lecointe (electric bass), and Serge Bringolf (drums).  Eckert's playing is breathtaking - his fingers fly - but he's matched every step of the way by the rest of the quartet.  I'm reminded a bit of Larry Coryell and Pat Martino in his approach.  There are even some undercurrents of Canterbury that creep in.  The album is augmented with 30 minutes of previously unreleased live recordings - just 2 unreleased monster tunes.  Highly recommended.
    $18.00
  • 28 years is a long time for a band to stay together but that's how long Woodenhead has been playing together. They have quietly cultivated a dedicated cult following in New Orleans. Now Free Electric Sound is bringing this extraordinary quartet to a national audience. Woodenhead's music is a spicy gumbo of jazz fusion, symphonic rock and local R 'n' B flavors (sorry for the wordplay!) The group has toured the U.S. and Central America and has played the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for over 20 years. The band has played with the Dixie Dregs, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea's Elektrik Band, John McLaughlin Trio, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Tuck And Patti, Hugh Masekela, Spyro Gyra, Robben Ford, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and John Mayall, and has toured with the Steve Morse Band and Allan Holdsworth."Perseverance", the band's 6th album, was recorded live in New Orleans and captures all the energy and emotional playing of a Woodenhead gig. Augmented by a horn section, the band's music comes across as a blend of the Dixie Dregs, Happy The Man, and Hot Rats-era Zappa. This is an album with broad appeal to fans of jazz rock, prog rock and even Cajun music. "At the New Orleans jazz festival, Woodenhead gets a standing ovation for teaching traditional jazz fans just how far imagination and electricity can push the form" - Esquire magazine
    $5.00
  • Frank Cunimondo is a Pittsburgh based jazz pianist still going strong.  To be honest most of his recorded output is outside the purveyance of our interests - mainly piano/bass/drums jazz trios, often backing a lounge singer named Lynn Marino.  He became popular in recent years because one of his tracks was used for a commercial in Europe that was wildly popular.Now there is the all instrumental Sagittarius which is a completely different story...Self-released on his own Mondo Records label in 1975, Sagittarius found Cunimondo plugging in.  In addition to acoustic piano he plays electric piano, string ensemble, and synthesizer.  Cunimondo unleashes his inner Jan Hammer and Keith Emerson.  The album consists of 4 tracks - 3 of which are of considerable length.  His rhythm section do an admirable job of keeping up with the keyboard work.  This is one of those weird situations where a straight ahead jazz player crossed over into jazz rock/prog territory.  Perhaps because of the ascendance of jazz rock/fusion, Cunimondo decided to play around with electric keyboards - similar to Elvin Jones "On The Mountain".  In the end the results are extremely satisfying.Original copies of Sagittarius rarely turn up and when they do its an expensive item.  This CD (and vinyl) reissue is officially licensed from Frank Cunimondo.  BUY OR DIE!
    $11.00
  • This one is white hot!  Previously unreleased 73 minute live set from this great Czech band.  Excellent sound quality.  WOW!!!"What is the most successful marriage of Fender and Moog in the history of music? „Živí se Diví. Live in Bratislava 1975″ is a unique live album from Jazz Q, the legends of Czechoslovakian jazz-rock. The material presents a group in one of its best incarnations. The group comprised musicians who played on the cult compilation „Jazzrocková Dílna” (1975). This dynamic material in excellent radio quality comes from the private archives of Martin Kratochvíl, who entrusted GAD Records with the rights to his music legacy.The band founded by Kratochvíl and Jiří Stivin has become a well-known element of the European musical landscape. In the beginning, the group experimented with free jazz („Coniunctio”, 1970), and then had a successful affair with blues-rock („Symbiosis”, 1974). Kratochvíl finally clarified the band’s stylistic direction by realizing his ideas in the field of sophisticated fusion. Three years after the release of the hit „Pozorovatelna” (1973), Jazz Q recorded its magnum opus, the LP „Elegie” (1977), which to this day remains the most ambitious endeavor of the group. The concert from Bratislava presents the group a year before this important session. We were at peak of our abilities, admits the band’s leader.The recorded material was subjected to a careful, though not intrusive, mastering in the studio in Czech Budíkov. The well-prepared CD is accompanied both by previously unpublished photos from the private archives of Martin Kratochvíl and by an essay that tells (in Polish, Czech and English) the story of the making of the recording. Przemysław Pomarański authored the cover photo, alluding to the famous album „Jazzrocková Dílna”."
    $15.00
  • Another awesome release from the Swedish jazz rock/prog band.  This was recorded live in the studio with audience.  It has that organic feel and energy of musicians playing off one another in real time.  The band is led by guitarist/composer Peter Pedersen.  He chews up a lot of the sonic landscape with wild abandon but he leaves plenty of room for soloing on sax, flute and ripping Hammond organ.  Very tasteful and very old school - just the way we like it.  This sounds like some lost session from the Silence label circa 1974.  Another one of those bands that should be better known.  Don't be the guy left behind.  You need to hear this NOW!
    $12.00
  • THEY FINALLY DID IT!This amazing 2015 release finally sees the light of day on CD.  It was available for some time as a vinyl only release (may be out of print in that format now).  The album generated a big buzz but not everyone was committed to vinyl.  The band has heard of cries of woe and accomodated you!This is what I wrote 2 years ago.  Now substitute the word CD everytime you see the word vinyl and it still holds:Vinyl only release of what might well be the album of the year for many in the prog community.  This will easily sit very high in my 2015 Top 10.Hooffoot are an instrumental sextet from Sweden consisting of two keyboardists, two guitarists, bass, and drums.  The members of Hooffoot are drawn from Agusa, Oresund Space Collective, The Carpet Knights, Mantric Muse and others.Is Hooffoot a fusion band?  Yes!  Is Hooffoot a prog rock band?  Yes!  The prime leader of the band is bassist Par Hallgren.  He took his influences which are primarily Italian prog and early 70s electric fusion and melded it into something exciting.  The album consists of two loooong tracks.  Each tune displays elements of electric Miles, Soft Machine, and Il Balletto Di Bronzo.  I'd even toss in some Swedish prog/folk influence from Kebnenajse.  Its a completely retro sound and one that will have to hooked immediately.Stunning debut.  Highest recommendation.
    $15.00
  • The Pop-Liisa and Jazz-Liisa broadcast session series presents previously unreleased and forgotten gems from the biggest names of Finnish prog and jazz of the 1970'sNever bootlegged and known up until now only to a few faithful servants (and largely thought to have been lost for ever), these sessions offer a hitherto unrivalled look into the state of Finnish jazz and progressive rock between the years 1972-1977. Imagine if the sessions recorded by John Peel had only recently been discovered, and you get an idea of the cultural weight of what is being brought into the light of day here.Originally recorded as broadcasts by YLE (the national radio service Yleisradio, ”the Finnish BBC”), the thirty-four Liisankatu sessions are a genuine who's who of Finnish prog and jazz. Interestingly, anyone with even basic knowledge of the era's biggest bands will recognize familiar names at play within these obscure bands. As such, these sessions provide the missing link between jazz and prog, explaining through spirited performances - and largely unknown collaborations - the instrumental prowess and dexterity of these players and bands. What's best, these sessions show these exceptional bands playing for the moment in front of a hundred strong studio audience, not weighed down by the tedium of studio recording, and thus somehow miraculously managing to capture the best of both worlds: studio performances in front of a live audience.Jazz Liisa 1: UNISONO QUARTETLive at Liisankatu studios, Helsinki. Live broadcast on Channel 2, Wednesday September 26th, 1973, 8 pm to 8.40 pm. Produced by Yle. Hosted by Matti Poijärvi.A1. LONG TANDEM (10:13)A2. SPECIALLY FOR (10:01)B1. TOTUUDEN AARREAITTA – TREASURES OF THE TRUTH (11:38)B2. INCARNATION (10:12)PARONI PAAKKUNAINEN – soprano, alto and baritone saxophones, fluteOLLI AHVENLAHTI – piano and Fender Rhodes electric pianoMAKE LIEVONEN – electric bassREISKA LAINE – drumsJazz Liisa 2: TAIVAANTEMPPELILive at Liisankatu studios, Helsinki. Live broadcast on Channel 2, Wednesday November 21st, 1973, 8 pm to 8.40 pm. Produced by Yle. Hosted by Matti Poijärvi.A1. ON TÄMÄKKI SANO… (10:24)A2. TOTEM DANCE (14:08)B1. LISA (15:15)MATTI JAKOLA – fluteOLLI AHVENLAHTI – piano and Fender Rhodes electric pianoPEKKA RECHARDT – electric guitarMAKE LIEVONEN – electric bassUPI SORVALI – drumsTAPANI "NAPPI" IKONEN – congas and percussion
    $19.00
  • "The Esoteric Antenna label is pleased to announce the release of the new album by internationally acclaimed British saxophone and flute player and composer Theo Travis 'Transgression' his first solo album in eight years, with his band 'Double Talk'. Theo Travis - who has worked with many artists in the Prog, Jazz and Rock worlds such as Gong, Soft Machine Legacy, The Tangent, Bill Nelson, Keith Tippett and with Robert Fripp in Travis & Fripp - has put together a band of progressive jazz stars for the record. Travis is well known for his collaborations with Steven Wilson, appearing on all four of his solo albums as well as recordings with Porcupine Tree and No Man and he has been touring internationally with the Steven Wilson Band from his first solo tour in 2011 up until the current tour. Transgression was recorded in January at Koolworld Studio and Steven Wilson applied his studio skills to the album as he mixed and mastered it in his own studio, just before launching his own 'Hand Cannot Erase' world tour. The album reflects many of Theo's inspirations, being instrumental and powerful bluesy progressive electric jazz with a strong 1970s influence. With influences of King Crimson, Mahavishnu Orchestra as well as late Talk Talk, and ECM artists such as Terje Rypdal and Palle Mikkelborg apparent, TRANSGRESSION is a unique album. The presence of musicians such as Nic France on drums (Steven Wilson's Grace For Drowning album, David Gilmour's Live At The Royal Festival Hall DVD and Kate Bush, Robert Wyatt, Alan Holdsworth, and Working Week), Mike Outram on guitar (Steven Wilson, Herbie Mann, Carleen Anderson, Jacqui Dankworth) and Pete Whittaker on Hammond organ (John Etheridge, Nigel Price, touring member of The Wonder Stuff and Catherine Wheel), ensures that TRANSGRESSION is a milestone in modern Progressive Jazz."
    $15.00
  • Mind blowing set from this early 70s German jazz rock band culled from the vaults of SWF radio.  Dzyan was formed by bassist Reinhard Karwatky but the emerging star was guitarist Eddy Marron.  The lineup for these sessions is a quintet consisting of guitar, sax, bass, drums, and percussion.  High energy jazz rock with a psychedelic undercurrent is the order of the day.  Think Mahavishnu Orchestra crossed with Guru Guru.  Percussionist Jochen Leuschner also handles the occassional vocal.  He's got a great soulful voice that fits in comfortably.  High level of musicianship throughout but I have to mention Marron again - his playing really blows my mind.  Typical superb job from Long Hair Music - previously unavaialbe photos and detailed liner notes.  BUY OR DIE!
    $18.00
  • For year avid prog collector Tom Hayes of CD Reissue Wish List blog fame pounded away at me on the greatness of Berits Halsband and I simply ignored him.  Truth is I just wasn't ready for it until now.  Now I am - will you be?Berits Halsband was a "one and done" octet from Sweden.  The album was originally released in 1975 in micro-quantities.  Basically its a seamless blending of instrumental Canterbury flavored prog and kosmigroov jazz along the lines of Bitches Brew played out over 4 extended tracks.  Flutes and trumpets are in the forefront with electric piano and wah-wah guitar grooving away.  The music has a wonderful flow to it.  If you've heard the current band Hooffoot and enjoyed that you will definitely dig this one.This comes in a gorgeous mini-LP sleeve and the audio has been transferred from the original master tapes.  The release is a collaboration between two Greek outfits - Music Bazz and Sound Effect Records.  They did this up the right way.  Highly recommended.TOM YOU WERE RIGHT!  I WAS WRONG!
    $18.00