Boomkat Product Review:
Invaluable first ever vinyl reissue for AMM’s groundbreaking and inspirational Ammmusic (1966) - a pivotal moment in the history of free-jazz/improvised music featuring the combined talents of Keith Rowe, Eddie Prévost, Cornelius Cardew, John Tilbury and others, now presented by Oren Ambarchi’s Black Truffle label on its golden jubilee, complete with a brand new re-master from Rashad Becker.
Revolving founder members Keith Rowe (guitar) and Lou Gare (saxophone) - both formerly of Mike Westbrook’s jazz band - together with Eddie Prévost (percussion), Cornelius Cardew (piano, cello) and Lawrence Sheaff (accordion, clarinet), the enigmatically acronymed AMM more or less scrawled the very simple rulebook for free-improvisation’s infinite complexity with the recordings and sleeve notes of Ammmusic.
It was recorded by Jac Holzman and released on his Elektra label, marking a precedent juncture of experimental avant-garde and the countercultural underground (by this point Elektra were issuing classic albums by The Doors, Tim Buckley, Judy Collins) and was produced by DNA, a group that included Pink Floyd’s first manager Peter Jenner, which perhaps lead to its influence on the improvisational context of PF’s debut album, particularly Flaming which took its title from this record’s A-side, Later During A Flaming Riviera Sunset.
Quite importantly, Ammmusic still sounds timelessly fresh and dynamic, with all the urgent energy and unpredictability you would hope from an improvised recording of such historical importance.