Über Hans Reichel
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... You´ve never heard a guitar sound like Hans Reichel´s. Period.
Reichel is more than just a brilliant player. He has reconceptualized the instrument itself, opening up entirely new sonic possibilities.

• Guitar Player magazine, USA ´89

... Einer der interessantesten Avantgarde-Gitarristen ist er, als Insider-Tip allenfalls vergleichbar mit Frith, Fripp, Eno. Der Wuppertaler, pendelt zwischen dort, New York und Tokyo, ist unvermindert gefragt als Partner so ziemlich aller Größen, die seit dem Aufbruch im Bereich Free/Jazz/Avantgarde/Rock bekannt geworden sind – ein musician´s musician also?
Auch. Vor allem aber der konsequent-einwillige Tüftlertyp, dessen bisheriges Extrem das von ihm so genannte Daxophon darstellt,
damit ungeahnte Klänge erzeugend: bizarr, humoresk, fremd und eigenartig menschlich.

• Artist, Wiesbaden ´91

... An orginal and an offbeat entertainer, Reichel more than repays a little initial effort. t The Penguin Guide to Jazz, England ´92

... der vielleicht überzeugendste, allemal faszinierendste und nachdrücklich eindruckvollste Gitarrenmeister der neuesten Musiksprache.

• Jazzgitarristen, Oreos Verlag ´92

... Reichel´s differently shaped daxophones have voices which range from angelic to flatulent,
from the primordial breaths of the didgeridoo to the coloratura runs of a soprano singer. He utilizes the instrument´s range brilliantly,
orchestrating jazz vamps and doo-wop workouts despite the fact that the daxophone is moody, stubborn and very sensitive to changes in the weather.

• Option magazine, USA ´94

... (Shanghaied on Tor Road) is a crowning achievement for the German guitarist, luthier, improviser: stylistically varied, sonically outrageous. (...)
A record destined to be a classic. Every home should have two.

• Rubberneck, England ´93

... Fragile, passionate, quietly intense and of a restless virtuosity, it is a wonderful piece of work and one that can speak to a far broader audience than devotees of improvisation. (...) But, as the invention of the daxophone (...) has revealed, Hans is nothing if not a rare bird, happily still with us and going from strength to strength.

• Fred Frith about The Death of the Rare Bird Ymir (CD liner notes)

... The voices seem to belong to characters from the zany cartoons of the ´40s and ´50s. Irritable, conceited, inane, bluffing, bloated – the ingredients that warrant
enjoyment.

• Experimental Musical Instruments, USA ´96

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