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ASSOCIATION P.C.

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Association P.C. was founded in 1969 by Dutch keyboarder Jasper van't Hof along with the Dutch drummer Pierre Courbois and the German guitarist Toto Blanke. The bassist was sometimes the Dutchman Peter Krijnen, sometimes the German Sigi Busch. Association P.C released their first record "Sun Rotation" in 1971. The band produced a synthesis of jazz, rock and avantgarde music reminding sometimes Soft Machine and was highly acclaimed at the Berlin Jazztage of 1971."Eighty percent of Association P.C. was electronics", Jasper recalls.
In 1972 the band released their second record "Erna Morena", the last with Jasper van't Hof who left the band to form Pork Pie with Charlie Mariano and Philip Catherine.On the 1973 release "Rock Around The Clock"he was replaced by German pianist Joachim Kühn. The record moved away from the Canterbury oriented sound and integrated free-jazz elements. Their last record "Mama Kuku" (1974) contained live recordings from 1973, on which the band was joined by American flute player Jeremy Steig. Association P.C. continued to tour until 1975.

all Association P.C. records are recommended

:::Martin Horst:::



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Discography:
Sun Rotation (studio) 1971
Erna Morena (live) 1972
Rock Around The Clock (studio) 1973
Mama Kuku (live) 1974

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4.50 | 6 ratings
Earwax
1970
4.08 | 6 ratings
Sun Rotation
1971
4.00 | 6 ratings
Rock Around The Cock
1973

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4.50 | 6 ratings
Erna Morena
1972
3.33 | 8 ratings
Mama Kuku
1974

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 Sun Rotation by ASSOCIATION P.C. album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.08 | 6 ratings

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Sun Rotation
Association P.C. Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Guldbamsen
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4 stars Always crashing in the same car

The fusion world is a strange one. It can be suave and smooth like a babyīs bottom - taking you on a melody filled trip through soft lingering jazzy landscapes, but then again you just might end up with a record that is all chops and no sauce - with terrorizing musicianship thrown around in all directions with not a tune in sight. Sun Rotation is something in between, and as much as I hate the latter form of fusion, Iīll also admit that sometimes this manic approach does work wonders - Herbie and Miles are both proof of that.

Sun Rotation is a weird beast, and sometimes I wonder if all the tracks are played by the same musicians, or if they after the first cut simply decided to eat some LSD with their mashed potatoes and gravy, - because WOW - let me tell you, this music reeks of gravy... The first track is a dandy little fusion track, that keeps itīs arms and legs in the trolley - the kind of track that opens the door for an elderly lady and eats with its mouth closed. Perfect manners, melodic aspirations and wonderfully executed in every way. Reminds me of early Brand X somehow.

And then the mayhem starts! Swoosh! Have you ever wondered what Faust would sound like, if they had been comprised of jazz musicians? If so, let me introduce you to Association P.C. In fact, let me introduce anybody whoīs interested in fusion with emphasis on the jazz part of the equation, Canterbury, Krautrock and improvisation all wrapped up in one big hefty pile. The first time I listened to this album, I couldnīt quite fathom why it was part of the (in)famous Nurse With Wound list, but then I reached the second track, and everything now seemed clear as vodka. I will say, that for an album included in this wild and crazy list, the overall feel of the music here and how it comes across, is something I think many people around these parts would appreciate, and thatīs without having to convert their beliefs to the more porous and bizarre end of the avant seas.

To paint a better picture of the music here, then let me be your guide through that second track, which incidentally is divided up in several movements. Oh yeah! Gotta be something there for the prog head!! This little excursion is very much representative of what you can expect from this astonishing little album.

Itīs aptly called Suite and starts out with some rather cacophonous jamming with the different instruments falling elegantly all over each other in what seems like a musical edition of a womenīs mud wrestling match performed on guitar, upright bass, drums and a mixture of piano and organ. At some point the music pulls itself together - and feels like itīs been through a regular storm, only to be metamorphosed into an entirely different beast: the organ turns evil in an eccentric and freakish way - sounding like a derailed version of a circus melody spinning around its own axis. The rhythm section on the other hand turns solid and groovy balancing things out nicely - just in time for the electric piano to take off on a pulverizing ride over stock and stone. This piano player knows what heīs doing, thatīs for damn sure. Abruptly the focus is turned to the drums for an earthshaking rhythmic hubbub, before the whole track takes the form of a runaway car violently crashing into a childrenīs percussion store, and rattles, bongos and eggs are flying all over the place in one big explosion. Ending this musical mayhem is (and I might be mad at this point) the distinct buzzing of a giant insect - genetically combined with the storeīs ringing alarm.

If anybody out there is thinking: Wow this doesnīt sound like Yes at all. Thatīs because it doesnīt. It emanates musical facets such as you will find in freejazz and Canterbury, and beneath these leading trades of it, I sense an electronic infused Krautrock layer to it. This might be down to the man whoīs behind the engineering of this album, and thatīs Conny Plank. It is far from being up front and in your face, but these swarming, sizzling electronics are certainly there to form some sort of cribbly crawley foundation, and who else does this kind of thing better than Plank?

I wholeheartedly recommend this album to fans of Soft Machine, early Weather Report, Wolfgang Daunerīs Et Cetera and Exmagma. This is music that tears down the walls of conformity and punches you directly in the nose with everything itīs got! Itīs free and itīs music! 4.5 stars.

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 Mama Kuku by ASSOCIATION P.C. album cover Live, 1974
3.33 | 8 ratings

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Mama Kuku
Association P.C. Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This was the last recording for ASSOCIATION PC and it's a live one from a 1973 tour.The band here was comprised of two Dutch guys and two Germans. On this particular album American Jeremy Steig plays flute and is given equal billing really as the title on the album cover says ASSOSIATION PC + Jeremy Steig. Jeremy was gaining quite the reputation for his aggressive and daring use of the instrument.They first saw Jeremy at a Jazz Festival in Munich, Germany that was celebrating the summer Olympic Games that year in 1972. He was playing with a few bands including Tony Williams, ASSOCIATION PC liked what they saw so invited him to tour with them. This album is a taste of that. The music here is very much flute dominated and i'd guess you'd call the Free Jazz for the most part. My favourite parts are the two sections where the flute isn't leading like the first 4 minutes of track one and the 10 minutes towards the end of the side long closing track. Don't get me wrong, I like flute but it absolutely dominates here. When he starts to play it's like the band stops to listen.That's exaggerating but that gives you the idea.

"Mama Kuku" opens with a relaxed bass solo then the guitar joins in after 1 1/2 minutes followed by a full sound.This is great ! Flute then comes in before 4 minutes as it settles right down. "Bold N Steig" opens with flute then the keyboards join in. Keyboards only before 4 minutes then the flute returns to end it. "Dr. Hofmann" features laid back flute and sparse drum work throughout. "Ecnelis" has some energy. Finally ! Everyone is pitching in here. "Bassamagic" is pretty much a flute solo.

"Lausanne" is the over 21 1/2 minute closing suite. Flute and keys to start as the drums join in. It's better 7 1/2 minutes in when the keyboards become more prominant and the sound gets more intense. It settles back 10 minutes in as the flute stops.The guitar plays lazily here with drums, bass and keys. Much better. Check out the keyboards 14 1/2 minutes in. Applause 17 1/2 minutes in when they stop and bass only takes over. Flute's back 20 minutes in to end it.

I'm not a huge fan of Free Jazz and this really comes off as being a flute album of sorts.

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