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Music From Memory’s final revelation of 2016 highlights the late ‘80s avant-garde electro-jazz of Wuppertal, Germany’s Becker, Stegmann and Zeumer trio, with four sterling selections from their one-off LP, Ich Träume So Leise Von Dir (ITM Records, 1987) reissued for the first time.
Conceived as part of the Wuppertal cultural department’s commemorative programme dedicated to Jewish poet and bohemian Else Lasker-Schüler, who became a leading exponent of expressionism and avant-garde poetry in Germany before fleeing the country in 1937, Ich Träume So Leise Von Dir found the instrumental duo of Heinz Becker and Karl-Heinz Stegmann combining experimental, yet heavily funked-up electro-jazz and ambient arrangements with readings of Lasker-Schüler’s poetry by actress Isabel Zeumer.
Thanks to the flawlessly skilled chops of Becker & Stegman and Zeumer’s enchanting delivery, the results are unmistakably debonaire and sophisticated, strutting up with the tightly wound electro-funk and flighty sax of Mein Tanzlied like some long lost jam between Herbie Hancock and Arthur Russell, before heading out into lushest, Hassell-esque new age scenes with Dir, and returning to the ‘floor with the greazy boogie swerve of Der Schnupfen, and unwinding into the smoky ambience of Abends.
Satisfaction practically guaranteed.