ARBETE OCH FRITID : ANDRA LP (SWEDEN'71)
Avant-Folk Jazz-Prog ?????
Arbete & Fritid were very much in the Silence-label underground style,comparable to Träd Gräs och Stenar (with whom they shared some bandmembers).The band frequently changed members with cellist and composer Ove Karlsson being the exception.The musicians teaming up in Arbete & Fritid all had a experimental jazz background but were also inspired by avant-garde minimalist composers such as John Cage,Terry Riley and LaMonte Young.But it was the newly awaken interest in Nordic folk music traditions that got the band started in 1969 and it was the bands unique blend of folk music,jazz,rock and avant-garde experiments that made them one of the truly unique bands in the early 70's,long before anyone heard of world music.Arbete & Fritid was one of the most appreciated live acts during the 70's,maybe because you never knew what the concerts were going to be like.It could start off as a rock concert,as a meditative Indian concert,as a vital folk music gig or as an avant-garde jazz night;and before it was all ended you could be sure to have all your preconceptions turned around.These concerts would many times also include some half-crazy vocal tracks,in dadaist tradition.Arbete & Fritid have inspired many other artists to experiment with Nordic folk music and with the nearly 1000 concerts they played they opened a lot of people's minds for music without boundaries.Many of the lengthy jams that made up their gigs were never transformed into records.This is their second album (SONET SLP 2526).
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