℗ ℗ 1980 JAPO / ECM Records, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon, Berlin
 

Out Patients

Tom van der Geld, Children At Play

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1
Things Have Changed
Tom van der Geld; Children At Play
6:13
2
How Gently Sails The Moon Twixt The Arbour And The Bough (And The World Is Waiting For The Sun)
Tom van der Geld; Children At Play
12:23
3
Dreamer
Tom van der Geld; Children At Play
4:47
4
Ballade Matteotti
Tom van der Geld; Children At Play
11:05
5
I Hope It's You
Tom van der Geld; Children At Play
12:47
Total Playing Time    47:15
Vibraphonist-composer Tom van der Geld’s ECM initiation came by way of the JAPO sister label when, in 1976, the self-titled Children At Play introduced listeners to an album of uncompromising originality. Recorded in 1973, the same year of van der Geld’s permanent relocation to Germany (where the band’s reedman, Roger Jannotta, and drummer, Bill Elgart, would also find new homes), it’s a formative release not only for being Children At Play’s first, but also for sharing its uniquely sunlit sound with the world at large. Tropical and sweet, the album is a sparkling endeavor that favors the lived reality of jazz over its descriptive pitfalls.

Patience (1978) was van der Geld’s first dip into ECM proper and stands out for its bright geography.

This time, however, the tectonic plates shift more abstractly below with the heat of friction. The freedom of this sophomore effort offers plenty of room for the listener to find a story. On its heels came Path (1979), the phenomenal trio album with Jannotta and guitarist Bill Connors. Hewn in pastels rather than oils, it’s a decidedly softer and sometimes-haunting affair.

This brings us to 1980’s Out Patients, in which van der Geld closed the JAPO circle alongside the ever-versatile Jannotta (on tenor and alto saxophones, bass clarinet, oboe, flute, and whistles), bassist Wayne Darling, and Elgart on drums and percussion.

Although Children At Play disbanded in 1981, its spirit lives on in these highly collectible recordings, as also through its leader’s commitment to jazz education
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Records Studio Masters

Tracks 1-5 – contains high-resolution digital transfers of material originating from an analogue master source

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