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The Contemporary Jazz Quintet: Actions 1966-’67

The Contemporary Jazz Quintet-Hugh Steinmentz, trumpet; Franz Beckerlee, alto saxophone; Niels Harrit, saw; Steffen Andersen, bass; Bo Thrige Andersen, drums-was a noisy free-jazz group active during the 1960s and in thrall of the era’s Albert Ayler-inspired zeitgeist. Actions 1966-67 is a reissue of the Danish quintet’s first album. It’s notable mostly for the unintentionally comic use of the musical saw, which sounds like a Theremin with a smaller tessitura and a stunted capacity for expression. On most of the five freely improvised tracks, the saw dominates-even dictates-the group sound. The horn players mimic its relentless quavering to wretched excess.

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