TOTO BLANKE

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Toto Blanke (born 16 September 1939 in Paderborn, Germany and died 24 October 2013 in Hamburg, Germany) studied classical guitar, making his professional debut in 1969 with his own trio, before becoming famous as guitarist in the German-Dutch avant-garde/jazz-fusion band Association P.C. His work as a soloist, as group leader, and with his own experimental band Electric Circus, has been most varied.

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TOTO BLANKE Spider's Dance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spider's Dance
Fusion 1975
TOTO BLANKE Electric Circus album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Electric Circus
Fusion 1976
TOTO BLANKE Tales Of Tomorrow album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tales Of Tomorrow
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1978
TOTO BLANKE Toto Blanke's Electric Circus Featuring Stu Goldberg : Friends album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Toto Blanke's Electric Circus Featuring Stu Goldberg : Friends
Fusion 1979
TOTO BLANKE Toto Blanke, Rudolf Dašek ‎– Silhouettes : Duets For Acoustic Guitars album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Toto Blanke, Rudolf Dašek ‎– Silhouettes : Duets For Acoustic Guitars
Fusion 1981
TOTO BLANKE Somewhere In Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Somewhere In Time
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1981
TOTO BLANKE Toto Blanke's Electric Circus : Bella Donna album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Toto Blanke's Electric Circus : Bella Donna
Fusion 1983
TOTO BLANKE Don Perlimplin album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Don Perlimplin
Fusion 1985
TOTO BLANKE Toto Blanke & Rudolf Dašek ‎: Tramontana album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Toto Blanke & Rudolf Dašek ‎: Tramontana
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1987
TOTO BLANKE Fools Paradise album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fools Paradise
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1989

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TOTO BLANKE Electric Circus : Live At The Quartier Latin album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Electric Circus : Live At The Quartier Latin
Fusion 1979
TOTO BLANKE Toto Blanke's Electric Circus Featuring Stu Goldberg ‎: Family album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Toto Blanke's Electric Circus Featuring Stu Goldberg ‎: Family
Fusion 1980

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TOTO BLANKE Electric Circus

Album · 1976 · Fusion
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The following is a review that I originally published on the sister website of Jazz Music Archives, Progarchives, on 2/28/19:

German guitarist Toto Blanke (1939-2013) came to prominence as a member of the excellent avant-jazz rock outfit Association P.C. "Electric Circus," Blanke's second solo effort, is quite different from his first, "Spider's Dance." While his first album consisted of Anglo-American style jazz-rock (which was very good), "Electric Circus" finds Blanke incorporating the ground-breaking sounds of his home country at the time.

Blanke not only handles the guitars on this album, he also plays a ppg synth, ppg sequencer, moog taurus, as well as the banjo. As you may guess, the modern (at the time) synths, sequencers and moog make this quite different from your average fusion LP. Joining Blanke is his former band mate from Association P.C., Jasper van't Hof on keyboards. Also in the mix is American bassist Dave King, who also played with Embryo and the Curt Cress Clan, as well as others. Drums and percussion duties were handled by Edward Vesala of Finland.

The result is an interesting blend of jazz rock and Krautrock. Blanke's guitar (and Banjo) playing is magnificent as ever, but "Electric Circus" is not a guitar album. The synths take center stage on most tracks, layered over spacey, Kraut grooves. Experimental in nature, the album captures the best of both of the worlds it straddles. Recommended to those who like experimental music like Et Cetera / Wolfgang Dauner and other like-minded Teutonic musicians. 4 stars.

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