Wolfgang Lauth —
Noch Lauther ... CD Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ...
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Early work from the great Wolfgang Lauth – a key figure in German modern jazz during the 50s, but an artist who never fully got his due on this side of the Atlantic! Lauth is in the lead on piano, but many of the tracks on this set also feature great work on vibes by Fritz Hartschuh – a wonderful player who has this hard, chromatic style that's a key bridge between late Lionel Hampton and young Bobby Hutcherson – fierce in tone, but also very sensitive to color shadings as well. The mix of vibes and piano is wonderful – different than the modes of Milt Jackson and John Lewis, even though clearly inspired by them – and the groups also feature appearances from players who include JokiFreund and Rudi Steuranagel on tenor, Albert Mangelsdorff and Egon Denu on trombone and the core rhythm duo of Wolfgang Wagner on bass and Joe Hackbarth on drums. Titles include "Festival 57", "Warum Bist Du Fortegagangen", "Claude", "Dentology", "Waltz For People Who Hate Waltzes", "Sunday Picnic", and "Tele Funky". CD
Rare work from female pianist Jutta Hipp – an artist who's probably known to most for her Blue Note sessions of the 50s, but who's heard here on some German recordings from younger years! Most of the material is live, but well-recorded – and even at this point, Hipp's touch on the piano is sublime – very fluid, yet focused and hard-swinging too – at a level that made her one of the best hardbop pianists on the European scene of the postwar years. Other players on these tracks include Hans Koller on tenor on four tracks, JokiFreund on tenor on two more – plus a bit of guitar from Atilla Zoller and some trombone from Albert Mangelsdorff. Titles include "Serpentinen", "You Go To My Head", "Sound Koller", "Daily Double", "Gone With The Wind", "Erroll's Bounce", "Blues After Hours", and "What Is This Thing Called Love". LP, Vinyl record album