Tracking The Odds: Hans Reichel with Fred Frith & Ned Rothenberg (Audio)
Berlin-based guitarist Hans Reichel (1949-2011) in an improvising trio with Fred Frith, guitar/bass and Ned Rothenberg, alto sax/bass clarinet, recorded at Roulette on 24 October 1987. All three legends across many genres, Reichel is distinguished for his radical approach to his instrument and many innovations including altering guitars and basses with multiple fretboards and unique positioning of pickups and bridges. His Daxophone is a single wooden blade clamped to a surface often amplified with a contact microphone, and played by plucking or bowing (pictured here). Reichel was also an extraordinary graphic designer and typographer.