Secret Selector Selections #8: Atle

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Atle. An institution in the Danish history of (house) music, slowly working towards ”legend in his time” status.

You may know him as half of the Danish house outfit Brother Brown, that produced the timeless Marie Frank track Under the Water. And you may also have heard that same group's remixes of Madonna, Pet Shop Boys, Cher, Christina Aguilera and Deep Dish.

If you were too young or too drunk in the late '90s and early '00s to remember Brother Brown, you might have heard Atle behind the decks in Copenhagen. Either at his own events Knuckles and Selector Superior or at any other club with a pair of 1210s worth mentioning.

These days, he's busy as ever with new ideas and constellations. He recently released an amazing deep jazzy groover Body & Soul with with Lars B of Djuma Soundsystem and Copenhagen DJ Najaaraq, and he's ready with a new clubnight as well. Claptrap is the name, in collaboration with Copenhagens favorite prettyboy-cum-promoter, David Havstein.

 

I don't know Atle too well, but I've always had the impression he's a man with a great appreciation of jazz and rock – music where actual “playing an instrument” skills is important. His taste, his own musicallity, his way of writing about music and the time I saw hip drop Hendrix in the middle of a house set all suggest a love for true instrumentalists.

 


Sure enough, Atles five selections are all about virtiuosos doing there thing. This should serve as an inspiration to all us synth-and-sequencer people to focus on making great music, not just great electronic music.

Theme: Favorite Fusion Guitarists


Pat Metheny Group: Bright Size Life


We're starting out in the easy end. Every mother in-laws dream of a harmonic son in-law: Pat Metheny.

Personally, I've always had a hard time with good'ole Pat, cause he's just such a musical and equilibristic geneous. He can play anything – from this super sweet and smooth jazz to the most bizarre freeform noise. And he can transform seamlessly between the two

Personally, I prefer his more edgy noise. But in consideration of Liquidos readers, let's take a trip around the melodic stuff first.


Steve Kahn: Guy La Fleur



Somewhat in the same ally, yet quite different.

Steve Kahn isn't the most well known musician out there, but among jazz guitarists, he's known for his beautifull timbre and playing, his ability to incorporate advanced rythmical structures in his compositions and his ability to comp and harmonize beautifully and melodically.

His trio, which I've been lucky enough to experience live, is known in fusion circles for their superior interplay and incredibly high technical standard.

Here, you're getting Kahn's own composition, Guy La Fleur in the ultimate 14 minute live version with Dennis Chamber on drums and the legend Anthony Jackson on bass (a guy who's played with all the greats, amongst others O'Jays). Please notice the eminent bass-intro and the crazy cool solo at the end.

Allan Holdsworth: Non-Brewed Condiment


As a serious musician, there aren't many albums you can say are must-haves. But Allan Holdsworth's Atavachron is one of them.

It really doesn't matter whether or not you like jazz and fusion. The harmonic content of this album is such next-level shit, you just have to force your self to listen until you think you might somehow comprehend it.

I've had the album since 87-88, and to this day I get awestruck by the chord progressions and arrangements every time I put it on.

Listen, learn and try to be content with the fact that you'll never, ever make anything close to being as ground breaking as this album.


Miles Davis: Fast Track


Ok. Now it's time to separate mice from men.

Mike Stern, who plays the two guitar solos on this epic Miles Davis recording, was the direct reason I became a professional musician. After hearing what he was capable on an axe, well, there was just no other way. As the young eager buck I was, I obviously had to try to do the same thing.

Since then, a lot of water has passed under the bridge and I'm sorry to say Mike Sterns playing has become boring and predictable. Probably because he kicked the heroin somewhere in between pitstops.


Pat Metheny and John Scofield Quartet: You Speak My Language pt. 1


Now that I've lost my last patient reader, I might as well play a track for myself. Something with my favorite guitarist – in my eyes one of the most important musicians in the end of the twentieth century and till this day: John Scofield.

I'm afraid I haven't been able to find my favorite track – I think the original has been taken off the Tube. So instead, I've found this great live recording, where he's playing with Pat Metheny, the guitarist from my first selection, and Steve Swallow, who people know form his collaboraion with Carla Bley.

Notice two things: First his trademark, the laid back blues oriented style and second, the chase he plays with himself around the middle of his solo.


Did you enjoy Atles tracks? Why not check out some of the other Secret Selector Selections?

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