Sweet slices of work from a hell of a jazz festival – the 1963 Antibes performances, served up here in some incredibly hip material! The set begins with early work from pianist Dollar Brand – whose trio sounds moody and amazing on "Antibes Jam", then gets joined the great ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Peter Brotzmann/Jay Oliver/Willi Kellers/Manfred Schoof —
In A State Of Undress ... LP FMP/Be! (Germany), 1989. New Copy (reissue)...
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One of the most obscure Peter Brotzmann sessions on FMP – an overlooked session from the end of the 80s, and one that also features superb work from trumpeter Manfred Schoof! Schoof's an equal German jazz legend from the same generation – but one who spent some of his 70s and 80s years ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic work from reedman Marion Brown – an unissued live set from the mid 70s, and one that features a whole new side of his talents! The music is definitely the improvisations promised in the title – but never in a free jazz sort of way, as Brown is working with a group, who have a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pierre Favre/Irene Schweizer/Peter Kowald —
Santana ... LP FMP/Be! (Germany), 1968. New Copy (reissue)...
An early power trio gem from the FMP side of the free jazz universe – some of the boldest work you'll ever hear from the trio of Irene Schweizer on piano, Peter Kowald on bass, and Pierre Favre on drums! Favre's got an especially strong sound – very different than some of his more ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the earliest work we've ever heard from German tenorist Joki Freund – a player who'd trip out a bit more in later years, but who blows here with a sound that's sharp, modern, and very swinging throughout! The group features trombone from Albert Mangelsdorff, who's also on the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Dusko Goykovich with Nathan Davis & Mal Waldron —
Swinging Macedonia ... LP Enja/Be! (Germany), 1966. New Copy (reissue)...
A legendary German session from the 60s – and a record that really showcases the unusual criss-crossing of modes that was going on in the European scene at the time! There's a very strong MPS vibe here – as trumpeter Dusko Goykovich leads a swinging sextet that includes Nathan Davis on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful work from Joe Haider – a lesser-known pianist on these shores, but an important force in the German scene – best remembered for some wonderful music on the Ego Records label! This set captures Joe in a very similar setting – working on both acoustic piano and Fender ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Hans Koller Free Sound —
Nome ... CD Be! (Germany), 1974. New Copy ...
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Fantastic work from avant saxophonist Hans Koller – rare material that stands with the best Free Sound albums he released for MPS in the 70s! By this point in his career, Koller was really exploding with talent – a sax player who first begun in the postwar years with modes that were ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Incredible sounds from the Swedish scene of the early 60s – a 10" album from trombonist Lars Lystedt, whose combo features work from pianist Berndt Egerbladh, who then takes over as a leader on side two! Side one is a stone cooker – tight grooves that are in the best Scandinavian ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Albert Mangelsdorff —
One Tension ... LP CBS/Be! (Germany), 1963. New Copy Tri-fold (reissue)...
Incredible early work from one of Germany's greatest modernists – one of the key records that showed the world that German jazz was way more than just a rehashing of American modes in the postwar years! This rare 1963 recording features the quintet of trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff – a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful tri-fold cover pressing – just like the original!)
A wonderful collection of work from this overlooked modern jazz combo from the 50s German scene – a group whose material was originally issued on a handful of 45rpm EP titles by a Christian music company – finally brought together in this excellent full length collection! The Modern ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A totally cool little record – and one that more than lives up to the Eastern promise of its cover! The album's a real stunner from Australian reedman Charlie Munro – a beautiful mix of jazz and exotic elements, at a level that puts it up there with a rare few records that work this ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brilliant work from pianist Michael Naura – one of our favorite players on the German scene at the start of the 60s – and one of the few who was really picking up the best sorts of soulful currents from the American scene! Most of the work here features Naura's excellent combo with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Unreleased work from Terry Riley – recorded in the WDR studios of German Radio, and a tremendous addition to his catalog! The first half of the music here features Riley on piano and electronics, in duet with Krishna Bhatt on sitar and tabla – in a mode that further unlocks the ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
Landmark work from the Finnish scene of the 60s – one of those ultra-rare European jazz records that collectors have dug for decades! The set's got a stark, modern sort of feel – but also a nice soulful swing, too – a balance that few of the other Scandinavians hit so well at the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A jazz message from Poland, and one that's served up loud and proud, too – thanks to tremendous work from trumpeter Tomasz Stanko and a very sharp-edged group! The music here has that open flow that some of the more fusion-based players were exploring in Poland at the time – but the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic electric session from the 70s Polish scene – a record that not only features freewheeling trumpet from Tomasz Stanko, and sweet Fender Rhodes from Adam Mackowicz, but also includes some very inventive work on drums and percussion from the great Czelaw Bartkowski! All three ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A jazz mass, but unlike any other variation on the theme that's ever been recorded – thanks to a very righteous performance from James Tatum – who makes the whole thing feel much more like an organic spiritual jazz set than anything you'd ever find in a church! James himself plays both ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sublime early work from the great Eje Thelin – a Swedish trombonist who made some excellent music in the 60s and 70s, but who hardly ever got his due on this side of the Atlantic! That's a crime, too – as Thelin's a musician with an amazing command of tones and styles – at this ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Three Out (Mike Nock) —
Move ... CD Columbia/Be! (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy ...
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Totally great work from a young Mike Nock – a pianist that most folks know for his electric and experimental sounds of the 70s, but who's appearing here on record for the first time ever – at the head of a totally cooking soul jazz combo! Nock's command of the piano is tremendous right ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Three Out (Mike Nock) —
Sittin In ... CD Columbia/Be! (Germany), 1961. New Copy ...
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A wonderful set from this cool Australian combo – and one that offers up the group in two nicely different modes! Side one has The Three Out sounding wonderful as a trio – with sublime soul-styled piano from a very young Mike Nock, and exceptional work on bass from Freddy Logan – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Think you know anything at all about Alabama? Forget what you know, because this beautiful set will expose the state as a lost musical powerhouse back in the day – home to countless small labels, with a musical legacy that rivals the better-known work from Louisiana and Tennessee at the time! ... (Rock) read moreCD
A really unusual idea for a collection – one that follows similar territory of other collections that trawl through the hinterlands of rare singles from the late 50s and early 60s, but with a completely different vibe overall! The music here is sad and blue – really moody numbers that ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary moment in European free jazz – performances all recorded on a single Sunday in 1969 – but which stand as some of the most powerful music of the time! The vibe here is often in the best spirit of early FMP, or maybe the most outside work of MPS – and the recording ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Incredible jazz from the German scene of the 70s – two years' of recordings from this important festival – one that presents all the "new jazz" promised in its name, but in a range that moves effortlessly between free jazz, modal moments, funky fusion, and even some groovy big ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A heck of a collection – and one that really gets at the amazing array of free-thinking jazz that was brewing up on the European scene during the 70s! The set brings together over eight hours of music recorded during two years of this legendary festival – and each new disc has some ... (Jazz) read moreCD