The secret to The Ex's longevity? Well, only a guess but I would say; complete dedication to left-field ethos, a social conscience, openness of spirit and outreach, an unfaltering sense of inquiry, consummate musicianship...not so much a band, then, but a way of life; a code for living...
No more fitting setting for a live overview than Bimhuis...iconic venue for an iconoclastic band...uplifting.
THIS DIGITAL ALBUM INCLUDES BONUS ITEM: 32-pages booklet scan in PDF
A 2CD compilation from almost 25 years of history of The Ex at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam, one of the world's leading jazz clubs. Twelve exciting concerts and festivals with dozens of amazing guests from all over the planet: the almost legendary first gig in June 1991 with guests Han Bennink, Wolter Wierbos, Ab Baars and comedian Herr Seele; the October Meeting; Han Buhrs PodiumPrijs; ICP Jubilee; The Ex Orkest; three Getatchew Mekuria nights; a New Year's Eve party; two nights of the 33⅓ Festival; concert for children May 2015.
The Ex Records / Bimhuis 2015
EX 143/144D / BIM 011
released June 10, 2015
The Ex & Guests, 29-06-1991:
Luc, Terrie, Katrin & G.W.Sok - bass, guitar, drums, steel-drum, vocals.
Guests: Wolter Wierbos - trombone, Ab Baars - saxophone, clarinet, Han Bennink - drums, Herr Seele - flute, viola, viola case, saxophone, Dorpsoundste de Jong - sound poetry, Andy, Wilf, Colin & Marion (Dog Faced Hermans) - guitar, violin, drums, bass, trumpette, vocals.
Recorded by Michael Ballak & Dariet Zimbalist (Vide TV); edited by The Ex & Colin DFH; Live sound engineers - Katrin Brandil & Jeroen. The whole concert released on video by Ex Records and Maskwood Video. Cat. No. Slates 1 (1992). "Shopping Street" and "Pretty Cattle Office" were also released on the 6.4 of the 6. singles series. (1992) All songs by The Ex. Lyrics "Lied der Steinklopfer": Kurt Tucholsky.
"October Meeting". The Ex & Guests, 23-10-1991:
Andy, Terrie, Katrin, Luc, G.W.Sok - guitars, drums, bathtub, bass, vocals.
Guests: Greetje Bijma - vocals, Claude Deppa - trumpet, Wilf Plum - drums, Han Bennink - drums, Marion Coutts - trumpette, Wilbert de Joode - double bass, Wolter Wierbos - trombone, Ab Baars - saxophone, clarinet, Steve Beresford - piano.
Recorded by NOS-Radio on cassette. Engineer: Dick Lucas.
All songs by The Ex. "Kimmel" based on an Ab Baars tune.
"Han Buhrs Podiumprijs". The Ex & Guests, 11-12-1993:
G.W.Sok, Terrie, Katrin, Luc, Andy - guitars, drums, vocals, bass.
Guests: Han Buhrs - vocals, Michael Vatcher - drums, Wolter Wierbos - trombone, Ab Baars - saxophone, clarinet.
Recorded by NOS-Radio. Engineer: Dick Lucas. All songs by The Ex.
Ex Orkest, 27-04-2002:
Katrin - drums, Andy - guitar, Terrie - guitar, Luc - bass, G.W.Sok - vocals, Gert Jan Blom - groove-box, singing saw, bass harmonica, Harmish McKeich - conductor, bassoon, Jaap Blonk - vocals, Wolter Wiebos - trombone, Joost Buis - trombone, Tseerd Oostendorp - tuba, Xavier Charles - clarinet, Felicity Provan - trumpet, Phil Minton - vocals, Wilf Plum - drums, Rozemarie Heggen - double bass, Ernst Glerum - double bass, Michael Vatcher - drums, percussion, John Butcher - saxophone, Roy Paci - trumpet, Jan Mulder - text.
Recorded by Dolf Planteijd. Engineer: Gert Jan Polderman.
"Symphony for Machines" is based on the piece "Zavod" by Alexander Masalov (1990-1973), adapted be the Ex Orkest. "Granings Liedje" music by Ex Orkest, lyrics by Jan Mulder. "Suction Prints" by Captain Beefheart. Arrangement by the Ex Orkest. "Lale Guma" is based on an Ethiopian song by Ayalew Mesfin & Fetan Band. Arranged by The Ex.
Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Friends, 06-07-2012:
Getatchew Mekuria - saxophone
Arnold de Boer - trumpet, Andy Moor - guitar, Terrie Hessels - guitar, Katherina Bornefeld - drums.
Friends: Ken Vandermark - saxophone, clarinet, Brodie West - saxophone, Xavier Charles - clarinet, Joost Buis - trombone, Colin McLean - bass, Melaku Belay - dance, Mesay Abebaye - dance.
Recorded by Jeroen Visser and the Bimhuis crew.
"Shellelle", "Abbay Abbay / Aynamaye Nesh" & "Aha Gedawo" are Ethiopian classics in Getatchew Mekuria's version. Arranged by Getatchew & The Ex & Friends.
"The Ex 33 1/3 Festival", 21-12-2012:
The Ex & Brass Unbound: Arnold de Boer - vocals, guitar, Andy Moor - guitar, Terrie Hessels - baritone guitar, Katherina Bornefeld - drums.
Brass Unbound: Ken Vandermark - saxophone, clarinet, Peter Evans - trumpet, Mats Gustafsson - saxophone, Wolter Wierbos - trombone, Ab Baars - saxophone, clarinet.
Recorded by Colin McLean and the Bim engineers.
"24 problems" arranged by The Ex.
"Addis-Amsterdam!! New Years Eve Party", 31-12-2010:
Zea 'n' Xavier 'n' Han: Arnold de Boer - vocals, guitar, Xavier Charles - clarinet, Han Bennink - drums.
Recorded by Bimhuis engineers.
"Bourgeois Blues" is based on a Lead Belly song. Arranged by Zea.
Jeugdvoorstelling The Ex (youth concert), 17-05-2015:
Andy Moor - baritone guitar, Terrie Hessels - guitar, Katherina Bornefeld - drums, Arnold de Boer - vocals, guitar.
"Every sixth is cracked" by The Ex. Recorded by Ron Ruiten.
Bonustrack: "Gondar" "The Ex 33 1/3 Festival", 22-12-2012
The Ex & Fendika + Peter Evans, Wolter Wierbos, Joost Buis, Xavier Charles, Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark and Paal Nilssen-Love.
Based on an Ethiopian traditional. Arranged by The Ex & Fendika.
The Ex started playing in 1979. Using guitars, bass, drums and voice as their starting point The Ex have continued to
musically explore undiscovered areas right up to the present day: collaborations with jazz musicians and an Iraqi-Kurdish band, Kamagurka, Tom Cora, Sonic Youth, Han Bennink, Jan Mulder, Shellac and Wolter Wierbos. In 2002 The Ex set up a lively musical exchange with Ethiopia....more
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Digging some music that is so big it spans the Atlantic! The Chicago / London Underground delivers up some outstanding live creative music from the one and only Cafe OTO in London! It's tough to go wrong when the group is composed of brilliance in the form of Rob Mazurek, Chad Taylor, Alexander Hawkins and John Edwards. This is one cd that seriously needs to be on your wish list!!! 😎 Rick Mathis
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All these trax are good. James Blood Ulmer, via Ornette, enabled me to emerge from my be-bop coffin 1981. Harmolodics & the No Wave inspired the formation of Great White Noise, Sydney 1982-83. I'm still enjoying shaking off the rigamort. Am happy to dance with idiots.