Album by Aaron Levin Harder / Released December 29, 2019
On December 29, 2017, Aaron Levin Harder performed at a unique concert show that featured him and the former Berlin-based jazz ensemble Club Jazz Debakel, at the bar where Harder mostly performed at, in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, close to his home. The first set by Harder featured again an entirely different approach than his previous live performances, experimenting with a raw rock sound that he would come back to at his next and last concert in October 2018. It is probably also his most playful live performance, improvising and taking a new turn on several regularly performed songs. The most pivotal part of the show comes at the end of Harder’s first set, as he is backed by Club Jazz Debakel’s drummer Aldtie Mann and bass player Marpa Shold, to deliver a one-off performance of “The Rock”, an improvised song that was put together shortly before the concert. It is the only time that Aaron Levin Harder ever performed with a band on stage, and the only time that he performed in that heavily rock-oriented style, making these recordings and their recovery extremely valuable. The entire material is sourced from an unauthorized audience recording, which does not present the material in the best audio quality, but gives the unique opportunity to revisit one of Harder’s last and rarest live performances. Though the audio has been overworked for its release, the sound was only carefully retouched to retain the authenticity of a bootleg recording.
‘The Rock’ features the last live performance and recording from Aaron Levin Harder in 2017, the year where he performed and produced the most. The raw and unique style of his performance make it another rare one-off show, which documents the evolution of his music and playing style. It is also the only performance where Harder was rocking his Cloud Guitar for the entire show.
1. Poor Black Mattie (Live In Berlin – December 29, 2017)
03:40 | written and composed by R.L. Burnside
2. Mannish Boy (Live In Berlin – December 29, 2017)
02:06 | written and composed by Muddy Waters, Mel London, Bo Diddley
3. Kiss / Let’s Go Crazy (Live In Berlin – December 29, 2017)
03:11 | written and composed by Prince
4. Money Don’t Matter Tonight / Have You Ever Loved A Woman (Live In Berlin – December 29, 2017)
05:56 | written and composed by Aaron Levin Harder
5. It’s A Lonesome World (Live In Berlin – December 29, 2017)
02:27 | written and composed by Aaron Levin Harder
6. Free Fall / Be My Parachute (Live In Berlin – December 29, 2017)
03:54 | written and composed by Aaron Levin Harder
7. The Rock (Live In Berlin – December 29, 2017) [Edit]*
03:27 | arranged by Aaron Levin Harder, Aldtie Mann
Guitar and vocals performed by Aaron Levin Harder
*Drums performed by Aldtie Mann
*Bass performed by Marpa Shold
Audio recording by audience
Produced by ALH Music for Purple Eternity Records
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