Mann im Fahrstuhl (The Man in the Elevator)

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All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
Using the texts of playwright Heiner Muller and collecting a wide range of imaginative musicians, Heiner Goebbels constructed a fascinating music-theater piece that mixes languages and musical styles. The text, read and sung by Arto Lindsay, concerns the thoughts and fears of an employee summoned to his boss' office and has something of a Brazil-like aura about it. Perhaps coincidentally, Lindsay interjects some Brazilian songs into the proceedings. But the highlight is the performance by this stellar ensemble, ranging from free to punkishly tinged jazz-rock to quasi-African. There are outstanding contributions from guitarist Fred Frith, trombonist George Lewis, and the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
Using the texts of playwright Heiner Muller and collecting a wide range of imaginative musicians, Heiner Goebbels constructed a fascinating music-theater piece that mixes languages and musical styles. The text, read and sung by Arto Lindsay, concerns the thoughts and fears of an employee summoned to his boss' office and has something of a Brazil-like aura about it. Perhaps coincidentally, Lindsay interjects some Brazilian songs into the proceedings. But the highlight is the performance by this stellar ensemble, ranging from free to punkishly tinged jazz-rock to quasi-African. There are outstanding contributions from guitarist Fred Frith, trombonist George Lewis, and the late Don Cherry on trumpet, voice, and the African hunter's guitar known as the doussn'gouni. Goebbels brews a rich stew of overlapping languages and styles in a dense matrix that creates an appropriate feeling of angst, but never loses a sly sense of humor. If anything, some of The Man in the Elevator is reminiscent of Carla Bley's better work and fans of hers as well as curious rock listeners should have no problem enjoying this one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2000
  • Label: Ecm Import
  • UPC: 042283711020
  • Catalog Number: 837110
  • Sales rank: 95,392

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Heiner Müller Primary Artist
Don Cherry Trumpet, Vocals, Voices, Doussn'gouni
George Lewis Trombone
Heiner Goebbels Synthesizer, Piano
Ned Rothenberg Bass Clarinet, Saxophone
Arto Lindsay Guitar, Vocals, Voices
Fred Frith Bass, Guitar
Charles Hayward Drums, Metal Percussion, Metal Objects
Ernst Stötzner Vocals, Voices
Technical Credits
Don Cherry Composer
Heiner Goebbels Arranger, Programming, Producer
Manfred Eicher Producer
Charles Hayward Contributor
Mike McMackin Engineer
Dieter Rehm Artwork, Cover Design
Ary Barroso Composer
Cartola Composer
Peter Fey Engineer
Mike Krebs Cover Photo
Henschelverlag Kunst translation
Gisbert Lackner Engineer
Reinhard Zwierlein Engineer
Mort Green Composer
Heiner Müller Composer
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