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Hans Otto Blanke - 16 September 1936 (Paderborn, Germany) - 24 October 2013

Toto BLANKE (or Hans Otto BLANKE) was a German jazz and experimental guitarist from Paderborn. He first became known as the member of ASSOCIATION P.C. formed by Dutch musician Jasper VAN'T HOF but soon became more active as a band leader in his own right. He released his first solo album 'Spider Dance' in 1975 (featuring future RETURN TO FOREVER drummer Gerry BROWN) and very soon followed it up with 'Electric Circus', which morphed into a side project of sorts featuring musicians like VAN'T HOF. The project changed line-up again in later 70's and continued as TOTO BLANKE's ELECTRIC CIRCUS which played original but more conventional fusion unlike the first iteration and experimental live performances. His career overall while jazz influenced does contain more avantgarde work which might be interesting to various audiences while fans of progressive jazz fusion can be recommended his earlier work and albums that are related to ELECTRIC CIRCUS in any combination.

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4.60 | 5 ratings
Spider's Dance
4.21 | 5 ratings
Electric Circus
4.50 | 2 ratings
Tales Of Tomorrow
4.67 | 3 ratings
Electric Circus: Friends
0.00 | 0 ratings
Somewhere In Time
4.00 | 1 ratings
Electric Circus : Bella Donna
0.00 | 0 ratings
Don Perlimplin
0.00 | 0 ratings
Fools Paradise
0.00 | 0 ratings
Going Crazy

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Electric Circus : Live At The Quartier Latin
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Electric Circus : Family

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 Electric Circus by BLANKE, TOTO album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.21 | 5 ratings

Electric Circus
Toto Blanke Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Igor91

4 stars German guitarist Toto Blanke (1939-2013) came to prominence as a member of the excellent avant-jazz rock outfit Association P.C. "Electric Circus," Blanke's second solo effort, is quite different from his first, "Spider's Dance." While his first album consisted of Anglo-American style jazz-rock (which was very good), "Electric Circus" finds Blanke incorporating the ground-breaking sounds of his home country at the time.

Blanke not only handles the guitars on this album, he also plays a ppg synth, ppg sequencer, moog taurus, as well as the banjo. As you may guess, the modern (at the time) synths, sequencers and moog make this quite different from your average fusion LP. Joining Blanke is his former band mate from Association P.C., Jasper van't Hof on keyboards. Also in the mix is American bassist Dave King, who also played with Embryo and the Curt Cress Clan, as well as others. Drums and percussion duties were handled by Edward Vesala of Finland.

The result is an interesting blend of jazz rock and Krautrock. Blanke's guitar (and Banjo) playing is magnificent as ever, but "Electric Circus" is not a guitar album. The synths take center stage on most tracks, layered over spacey, Kraut grooves. Experimental in nature, the album captures the best of both of the worlds it straddles. Recommended to those who like experimental music like Et Cetera / Wolfgang Dauner and other like-minded Teutonic musicians. 4 stars.

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