Hidden Gem #21: Merge – Long Distance

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Some years ago I discovered some copies of an unusal Fusion-Jazz album called Exchange recorded in 1989 by the studio project Merge – released on the private Dorato Musikverlag. The bunch of copies I had were quickly spread over the globe and when a friend asked me if I still had one for him they were all gone. So I got into contact with Merge’s mastermind and producer, Jo Lienen, who magically moved to my hometown Hamburg recently. Fortunately he still had a handful of copies left. (Saved from the distributioner who failed to do his job and finally recycled the remaining copies … )

While we were chatting about life and music Jo told me about a second Merge LP that he and his friend Harald Karla recorded within just a few weeks in studio off-time in 1994. An album never released, because both of them were very busy in production / studio jobs and forgot about it a while after… Jo kindly provided me with a CD of the 1994 recordings and when I listened to it I got struck by lightning. This mix of Jazz and Ambient is EXACTLY what I’m after and I know there’s a bunch of you guys out there who feel the same : ) Thanks to Jo and Harald for these wonderful tunes!!

Props Growing Bin Records!

 

Tracklisting:

A1 Long Distance (5:49)
A2 Black Room (6:25)
A3 Modern Walking (2:34)

B1 Sanfra (5:00)
B2 La Madrague ( 4:19)
B3 You‘re My Best Friend (4:07)
B4 Good Night (0:49)

 

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