Friday, April 30, 2010

Christian Prommer's master class

For the follow-up to the Christian Prommer's surprisingly great Drumlesson Vol.1 (Sonar Kollektiv) on which electronic dancefloor classics like Derrick May's Strings Of Life and Kraftwerk's Trans Europa Express were cleverly re-imagined as acoustic jazz joints, the rhythm obsessed member of Fauna Flash and the Trüby Trio wasn't interested in merely repeating the single take live recording concept with a different track selection. The solution: go more German!
Preposterous you say? Well, however unlikely that may seem, Prommer has managed to significantly Kraut things up for Drumlesson Zwei (!K7 Records) by employing some 70s vintage keyboard gear of the sort favoured by such influential artists of the period as Can, Faust, Neu! and Cluster.
He's still using an improvisational live band approach to revising electronic classics and club killers – everything from Jean Michel Jarre's Oxygene and Laurent Garnier's Acid Eiffel to Carl Craig's Sandstorms and DJ Rolando's Underground Resistance anthem Knights of the Jaguar – only there's the added enhancement of mini-moog and old-school analog synth tweakery. 
Once again it works beautifully, thanks in no small part to Prommer's stellar cast of creative musicians Robert Di Gioia, Ernst Ströer, Christian Diner and Matteo Scrimali along with longtime pal Peter Kruder who co-produced the recording.  

Christian Prommer discusses Drumlesson Vol. 1

Christian Prommer previews Drumlesson Zwei

Trans Europa Express

Strings Of Life


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