PORK PIE - BERLIN 1974 (LP) label: 678 RECORDS (SSE-12009)



Side A

1.Avoid the year of the monkey play button
2.Pudu kkottai play button
3.Bassamba play button
4.Transistory part 1 & 2 play button

Side B

1.Angel wings play button
2.March of the oil-sheiks play button
3.The eye ball pork pie play button
4.Blooz play button

Berliner Philharmonie
November 1, 1974, 11 p.m.
678 records are proud to present an historical concert recording of the legendary ethnic
kraut-jazz formation Pork Pie.
It is difficult to define the music of Pork Pie. It ranges from rhythmic Jazz-rock and
meditative Indian sounds to Brazilian songs, and from acoustic improvisations to electric
“space” sounds.
Paris, December 1973: Pork Pie was founded by piano player Jasper van 't Hof (then 27
years old) and guitarist Philip Catherine (then 31 years old). They had met up with Charlie
Mariano, who was 51 years old then, and whom they knew from his playing with Charles
Mingus in the fifties and sixties. He had left America, lived in India for some years and
founded his new home in Europe. Jasper and Philip were nervous to ask him if he would
like to start a band with them but he immediately accepted the invitation.
After some concerts in Holland, Germany and France the group recorded their debut
album Transitory in May 1974 in the studio of the legendary engineer Conny Plank for
MPS-BASF. It became an immediate success and Pork Pie were subsequently booked for
many European jazz festivals.
Their legendary concert on the first of November 1974 in the Berliner Philharmonie during
the Berliner Jazztage was a milestone in the bands existence. The concert hall was
packed to the rafters with 2500 over enthusiastic people who were totally overwhelmed by
the amazing live sound of Pork Pie in which each of the five individual musicians took his
own part, but never once lost the unique togetherness.
In the past 44 years Jasper van 't Hof always retained fond memories about this special
concert. Fortunately, in his personal archive (which was for a while stored under a
tarpaulin in his garden!) a master tape was discovered & had survived intact.
P-Dog & Zembie (a.k.a. Sander Huibers & Frank Jochemsen) dug it up, played it on a tape
machine, were totally blown away by the music and initiated this limited vinyl only release.
It comes in a hand silkscreened cover designed by Piet Schreuders.
For this special occasion there is also a limited edition of 150 numbered copies made with
a silkscreen cover based on the original Pork Pie poster with a drawing by Niklaus Troxler.
This edition is only available directly from 678 records

line up

Charlie Mariano - alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, nagaswaram, bamboo flute
Jasper van ’t Hof - electric piano, prepared Yamaha organ
Philip Catherine - electric & acoustic guitar
Jean-Francois Jenny-Clarke - bass
Aldo Romano - drums