One of the earliest albums on the Free Jazz Productions label – a large group session led by trumpeter ManfredSchoof, and featuring a wealth of great talents from the European avant garde of the 60s – including Peter Brotzmann on tenor, Enrico Rava on trumpet, Irene Schweizer and Alexander Von Schlippenbach on piano, Derek Bailey on guitar, Evan Parker on soprano sax, Paul Rutherford on trombone, and both Han Bennink and Pierre Favre on drums! The album features one long track – Schoof's "European Echoes" – the kind of extended, freewheeling, large group improvisation that was exemplary of the united front being expressed across nations by the free jazz movement of the late 60s. Still as powerful today as it was back then! LP, Vinyl record album
The set features two great live performances by Georgie Fame – "Try My World" and "Yeh Yeh" – plus an extended take on "Oleo" by the ManfredSchoof Quintet. Side one also features some trad titles by the Red Onion Jazz Band. LP, Vinyl record album
Don Cherry/Krzystof Penderecki —
Actions ... LP Klimt, 1971. New Copy (reissue)....
One of the most successful jazz-meets-modern classical albums we've ever heard – thanks largely to the supreme talents of Don Cherry! Cherry leads the large New Eternal Rhythm Orchestra – which includes Peter Brotzmann, Tomasz Stanko, ManfredSchoof, Kenny Wheeler, Gunter Hampel, Willem Breuker, and Albert Manglesdorf – and Krzystof Penderecki conducts the entire proceedings. Cherry plays mostly solo on his own composition "Humus", and other tracks include "Sita Rama Encores" (also by Cherry), and Penderecki's "Actions For Free Jazz Orchestra". LP, Vinyl record album
Mal Waldron —
Hard Talk ... CD
1974. New Copy ....
11.99Around November 1, 2013 (delayed)
Mal Waldron during his heavier European days of the 70s – playing here with Steve Lacy, always a welcome treat, in a quintet that also includes ManfredSchoof on trumpet, Isla Eckinger on bass, and Allen Blairman on drums. The tracks are all mostly long, and in that mix of edgey and soulful that the Waldron/Lacy combination often produced. Titles include "Snake Out", "Hard Talk", "Russian Melody", and "Hurray For Herbie". CD
A brilliant recording from this seminal group – recorded by Conny Plank in his famous studio – and featuring ManfredSchoof and Kenny Wheeler on trumpets, Peter Brotzmann and Evan Parker on tenor, Gunter Christmann and Albert Mangelsdorff on trombone, and Alexander Von Schlippenbach on accordion! 7-inch, Vinyl record