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RELEASE MUSIC ORCHESTRA

Jazz Rock/Fusion • Germany


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Release Music Orchestra biography
Out of the ashes of Tomorrow's Gift, came Release Music Orchestra (RMO for short), who consisted of TG's remaining nucleus plus wind instrument player Jacobsen. Their first album, Life (74) included live recordings of their first concert, and sounded like a jazzier TG due to Rurup's electric piano and the sax. Their jazz-rock resembles much what was then done in Germany, such as Passport, Thirsty Moon, Kraan, Aera, etc.

RMO was never a stable group and many line-up changes occurred with keyboardist Rurup remaining the sole original member throughout their 5 album career, even recording one album (their third Get The Ball) without wind instruments, but reinstating them by the next album, Beyond the Limit. Their sound grew, as was often the case in those days, more commercial and streamlined with each new album, sounding more and more like US jazz-fusion of the late 70's.




Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
similar to Kraan, Thirsty Moon and a few more German JR/F acts



Discography:
Life (74),
Garuda (75),
Get the Ball (77),
Beyond the Limit (78)
News (79)
Live In Bremen, 78 (04)

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4.00 | 6 ratings
Life
1974
3.04 | 7 ratings
Garuda
1975
1.95 | 3 ratings
Get The Ball
1976
2.50 | 2 ratings
Beyond The Limit
1978
2.00 | 1 ratings
News
1979

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3.50 | 2 ratings
Live In Bremen, 78
2004

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 Garuda by RELEASE MUSIC ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.04 | 7 ratings

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Garuda
Release Music Orchestra Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Moving forward, Release Music Orchestra suffered the departure of bassist Bernd Kiefer, but were glad to welcome two more members, his replacement on Holger Dunkel and the unique female singer, guitarist and percussionist Margit Maya Haberland (aka Ma Gita).The second album ''Garuda'' was again released on Brain, recorded at Cony Plank's Studio with guest performances by Jochen Petersen (whom Norbert Jacobsen already knew from A.R. & Machines and formerly of Ikarus) and Kraan's Johannes Pappert on saxes.

Three long compositions along with a bunch of shorter pieces point out the new direction of the band, who now leans toward more Kraut Rock realms with less focus on tight interplays and more space for looser material.The British influences though are still apparent with the band having however a more Horn Rock approach akin to IF with three sax player in the line-up.KRAAN remain an obvious influence, moreover with the presence of Pappert around.The very short tracks even have a slight Avant-Garde and more experintal edge.However the base of the album are the three long arrangements, taking over 3/4 of the album.The talent is always there, however the material has lost much of the fresh orientation of the debut.Still Release Music Orchestra tend to propose a sound of their own, changing from powerful jamming parts, typical of the German Kraut Rock movement, to lighter passages with a strong Canterbury edge and characterized by some melodic saxes, nervous organs and delicate electric piano, not to mention some sporadic synthesizers.What makes ''Garuda'' a bit different though is the mass of improvised passages over the structured arrangements, but even these are played with passion, featuring very strong individual performances and an overall dense musicianship.

Compared to ''Life'', ''Garuda'' sounds like a step towards a more compatible Kraut/Jazz Rock form.The moments of great music are however still present, performed by a solid group of musicians, that could do much better.Recommended.

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 Life by RELEASE MUSIC ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.00 | 6 ratings

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Life
Release Music Orchestra Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars RELEASE MUSIC ORCHESTRA are from Germany and they rose from the ashes of TOMORROW'S GIFT. In fact the trio that was on TOMORROW'S GIFT second and final album called "Goodbye Future" are all part of this along with clarinet player Norbert Jacobsen who had played clarinet on A.R. & MACHINES' "Echo" album. Now I would describe "Goodbye Future" as a Krautrock album with a jazzy flavour while here on "Life" we get pretty much a straight up Jazz Rock affair. Oh I forgot to mention that Tommy Goldschmidt formerly from IKARUS played percussion with this band as well.

"Eroffnung-Tippa Tibana" opens with the band being introduced in a live setting followed by mellow music. A fuller sound before 2 minutes and we get some excellent drum work here as the clarinet plays over the top. There's a CAMEL vibe here. It settles late to end it. "Revue In Blau" starts to build early with the drums and clarinet leading. It settles back 3 minutes in then kicks back in before 4 1/2 minutes. It settles again 5 1/2 minutes in as that nice groove retruns. "Damaskus" is a top two for me. A catchy rhythm to start with the clarinet playing over top along with electric piano sounds oh so good. The drumming here is great as they seem to jam away. Some distorted organ before 4 1/2 minutes. Nice.

"Rot Wild" opens with atmosphere along with electric piano. It becomes psychedelic sounding as it echoes. It kicks in before 4 minutes with drums and more. "Der Traum Des Herrn P." has these repetitive drum patterns as the keyboards help out. Distorted organ joins in. A fuller sound before 3 1/2 minutes and the drumming as usual is so impressive. Dissonant horn before 4 minutes and vocal melodies after 6 minutes. "Zemas Rutan" is my other top two. This has some laid back guitar and floating organ. It's so different from the rest and I love it. "Morgengabe" has some energy as we get more of that fantastic drumming along with electric piano, bass and horns standing out.

Just some killer instrumental work on this record making it an easy 4 stars for me.

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 Life by RELEASE MUSIC ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.00 | 6 ratings

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Life
Release Music Orchestra Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

4 stars Significant German progressive Jazz-Rockers from Hamburg,Release Music Orchestra was actually the jazzy reincarnation of Tommorow's Gift.By the disbanding of the later the main core,that is keyboardist Manfred Rürup, bassist Bernd Kiefer and drummer Wolfgang "Zabba" Lindner, remained stable, while wind-instrumentalist Norbert Jacobsen (formerly on Achim Reichel's projects A.R.Machines and Frankie Dymon Jr.) joined for the recordings of ''Life''.This debut saw the light in 1974 on Brain Records,with a CD re-issue following some 20 years later on Germanofon.

While most of Kraut/Jazz-Rock bands of the time were tending to deliver one-dimensional improvisations and sometimes monotonous solo performances, ''Life'' remains on a great balance from the very first to very last minute.Yes,the sound is typical of jazz-tinged 70's German bands with KRAAN and PASSPORT being the closest reference points,yet what simply amazes the listener here is the endless number of fantastic interplays and the constant alternation of instrumental sections. Lovely work by Jacobsen on clarinet and even better performance by Rürup on his electric piano, which has almost a Canterbury-edge at moments.What is even greater is the majestic use of Mellotron in a couple of tracks,offering a haunting atmospheric background, rarely met in the typical Kraut-Jazz releases.The rhythm section delivers a series of furious and strong grooves and often some very complex individual performances.The whole package is more than attractive,compared to the best works of KRAAN, EMBRYO or PASSPORT.

An impressive mix of Kraut Rock, Jazz and Progressive Rock, ''Life'' is a monstrous work with a variety of moods, different passages and professional interplays and a great starting point into an endless Kraut Rock journey.Highly recommended.

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 Get The Ball by RELEASE MUSIC ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1976
1.95 | 3 ratings

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Get The Ball
Release Music Orchestra Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

2 stars 2.5 stars really!!

By RMO's third album Get The Ball, the group was down to a quartet, having lost bassist Holger Dunkel (replaced by Frank Fisher) and wind player Norbert Jacobsen (not replaced) and recorded this one with Dieter Dierks (as opposed to Plank previously). With a fairly boring artwork and an uninspired title, it is clear that with a reduced line-up, the group would have to try really hard to match their previous efforts and keyboardist Rurup becoming the main composer, where the songwriting was collective.

And they almost succeeded as all three tracks on the A side are excellent cool fusion axed on Manfred Rurup's Fender Rhodes, as it had become the only permanent lead instrument (guest guitarist intervene in two tracks, a guest trumpeter on another). But musically we are not far from Herbie Hancock's Headhunters or Sextant, rather than Nucleus previously. The flipside seems to digress from that pattern slightly due to the opening Blackbird where vocals and trumpet break the monotony, but you shall not be surprised if it sounds Miles-ey. Atlantis (co-written by the huge Carsten Bohn) is built on a descending line that changes a little as well, but the closing Chambre Séparée resembles the first side. On the German side, RMO is closer to the earlier Doldinger's Passport than Thirsty Moon or Kraan.

Less "entertaining" due to the reduced line-up, Get The Ball is still quite a worthy RMO album, even if it is nothing essential in terms of JR/F (been done hundreds of time before and since), but nevertheless definitely worth a listen for JR/F enthusiasts.

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 Garuda by RELEASE MUSIC ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.04 | 7 ratings

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Garuda
Release Music Orchestra Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars RMO's second album is along the same lines of what we heard from their first: a good jazz rock on the borderline between the early 70's JR and the later 70's Fusion music. The quintet (KB, drummer, bassist and wind player plus androgyn frontperson Margit Haberland on vocals, percussions and ac guitar) released on the legendary Brain (green) label in Conny Plank's studios Garuda (with a cool and intriguing artwork), which might appear to be if not conceptual at least thematic.

As all tracks are linked by short (never above one minute length) interludes of Swiss Games separating the main compositions: the five Zwischenspiel pieces, each penned by a member of the group), but even then I don't think there is much of a message to catch. It seems that the group's message was mostly the good times, abundant and precise interplays between all members. Right from the opening 10-min Slapstick (which is anything but), you know that you won't be rocking your socks off: while there are some Nucleus elements in the music, the group lack the sheer power of their UK counterparts, while Passport is not far away. The first side's best track is Torso Im Sommerwind, but nothing that enthusiasting either.

The second side starts on the deep and introverted 12-min title track, which shines as the album's highlight, but I have trouble getting interested in the unfocused and slightly ethnic Mama Kubu, sounding like a cheap but more psych Osibisa crossing Doldinger's Passport.

While I wouldn't consider anything of Release Music Orchestra as essential, their early albums are definitely worth hearing if you are into JR/F. And since I am one of them, I'll add another half star.

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