Lesser lights of the ambient-trance underground such as Spice Barons, Patternclear, Astralfish and Hydrosphere appear on this Silent Records compilation. Despite the absence of name acts, UFA is a surprisingly solid album, filled with warm grooves and flowing synthwork.
This oddly titled CD (which was issued in 1997, hardly the 20th anniversary of Duke Ellington's death in 1974), seems to be a recording that was made by a member of the sound crew for a 1963 concert in Switzerland, including roughly the first half of the show. Although the instruments are all audible, the rhythm section is picked up far better than the reeds or brass on several selections, which also have been resequenced instead of leaving them in the order in which they were performed. On these tracks, the microphones sound as if they are at the back of the stage, making the full band sound rather muffled. Yet clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton is very audible in "Silk Lace," while members of the brass section play various percussion instruments to back violinist Ray Nance in the exotic "Guitar Amour."
Goisern sagte einmal, er wolle ursprüngliche Volksmusik machen - und er versteht darunter nicht, daß wird man schnell beim lauschen dieser CD begreifen, Volksmusik ala Musikantenstadel oder irgendwelcher ähnlichen Sendungen, in denen Menschen auftreten, die so wahrscheinlich nie in ihrer Heimat gesungen hätten. Jedenfalls ist dies - vielleicht entfernt mit BAP zu vergleichen - Musik die wirklich in den Körper geht, bei der man nicht einfach ruhig sitzen kann und nur lauscht sondern sich bewegen muß.
"The sun gives life, colour in her splendour. The great painter of creation, lets equal things take effect, in the morning, in the evening, and dead in the night. The illusion of life in the interplay of colours kindled by the great fire. Recognized and understood by those, whose consciousness is awakened." Stefano San.