Annexus Quam

Annexus Quam

featuring: Kollodium


OSMOSE (Spalax)


Amongst the most innovative of underground Krautrock bands who, like Organisation, built the foundation for a new type of music on the cosmic edge of jazz-fusion. Their roots stem back to 1967 as the band Ambition In Music, from Kamp-Lintfort near Düsseldorf, and by 1970 they'd expanded, took on all sorts of influences and ideas, and moved well away from their hippy-rock roots, becoming Annexus Quam.

The earliest morsel of Annexus Quam (recorded during the sessions for their debut LP) is the uniquely ethnic "Kollodium", featured on the excellent OHRENSCHMAUS compilation. It's now a rarity worth seeking out, showing their roots, tripping-out like a cosmic Third Ear Band, with a weirdness nod to early Between or Limbus.

Their debut album OSMOSE (issued with a lavish novelty multi-fold cover) is most fascinating, even more cosmic than "Kollodium", featuring much guitar and unusual use of jazz instruments (the trombone work is extraordinary, for instance) in what is really a rock based music. A really spacious fusion of avant-garde, rock, jazz, and unusual use of psychedelic studio effects (lots of twangy slap-back echo and ring modulation), somewhere between Ash Ra Tempel and Kollektiv maybe, it's pure head-space music, and is considered by many as one of the finest Ohr albums. For a pointer, take the jazzy instrumental sections of Pink Floyd's "Atom Heart Mother" and turn it Kosmische!

After a change in personnel, and much playing at jazz festivals, BEZIEHUNGEN dived head-first into the realms of free-jazz. Admittedly one of the best examples of the genre, it still had its moments, though there are parts that jar and grate (to a non-jazzer that is), with much experimental improvisation akin to early Iskra or Music Improvisation Company.


>> OHRENSCHMAUS (9/1970)


OSMOSE (9/1970)

Seite 1 - A / Seite 1 - B / Seite 1 - C / Seite 2

LP Ohr OMM 56 007 (1970) lavish multi-fold cover

OSMOSE (9/1970)

no track titles!

CD Spalax 14881 (France, 1995)

OSMOSE (9/1970)

Osmose I-IV!

CD ZYX Music 70004-2 (1999)

Uwe Bick (drums, vocals, percussion), Jürgen Jonuschies (bass, vocals, percussion), Werner Hostermann (clarinet, organ, vocals, percussion), Peter Werner (guitar, vocals, percussion), Hans Kämper (trombone, Spanish guitar, vocals, percussion), Ove Volquartz (sax), Harald Klemm (flute, vocals, percussion)


Trobluhs El E Isch / Leyenburg 1 / Dreh Dich Nicht Um / Leyenburg 2

LP Ohr OMM 556 028 (1972), Pop Import OHR 556.028 (1981)
CD Spalax 14811 (France, 1993), ZYX Music 70003-2 (1999)

Martin Habenicht (basses), Hans Kämper (trombone, Spanish guitar, flute), Harald Klemm (zither, tabla, bendira, mouth drums, echo guitar), Peter Werner (guitar, percussion), Ove Volquartz (tenor/soprano saxes, flute)