In memory of Johnny Peret

In memory of Johnny Peret
In memory of my friend Johnny Peret, vibist, drummer, accordeonist extraordinaire

Friday, April 1, 2011


ZOOT MEETS HANS (EP:Brunswick - 10814 EPB, GERMANY, 1958)

Rejoice!  Thanks to my good friend Paul D., collectionneur extraordinaire, here is a very rare EP recorded in Germany by Zoot Sims and Austrian saxman Hans Koller in 1958.

While Koller's seventies work (on MPS mostly) is well documented in the blogworld, thanks to the contributors to the Magic Purple Sunshine blog, his earlier work is much more difficult to come by. An added bonus is the presence of the late Peter Trunk on bass. 

Side 1

1.Blues Arund Joe
2.Minor Meeting

Side 2
1.Cohn's Limit

Zoot Sims (ts), Hans Koller (ts), Hans Hammerschmid (p), Peter Trunk (b), Rudi Sehring (ds)
Recorded on 1958.8.10 in Germany.

While Zoot Sims does not need any introduction, I assume that jazzfans outside of Europe (esp. outside of Germany / Austria) may not be familiar with Hans Koller.
Here is a small biography, taken from an obituary in 
The Independant (2003).

Hans Koller, saxophonist, bandleader, composer and painter: born Vienna 12 February 1921; died Vienna 22 December 2003.

Normally jazz musicians bemoan the inability of their audiences to appreciate the music. This was not a problem, during the Second World War, for the Austrian tenor saxophonist Hans Koller.
Drafted into the German Wehrmacht in 1941, he was taken prisoner by the US Army. He formed a band in the prison camp. Mistake. It became so popular with his captors that when the war ended they were loath to let him go. Consequently he was one of the last prisoners to be released. It was only fair that after the war his playing should become popular in the United States but, despite many offers, he preferred to stay in Europe. He moved to live in Germany in 1950.
So the Americans came to him, and he toured Europe with, amongst others, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Konitz, Bill Russo, Stan Kenton and Eddie Sauter. In 1958 he played in Benny Goodman's band at the World Festival in Brussels. He was lauded by the American critics and top musicians, although his work made little impact in Britain. In the middle of 1965 he and his regular guitarist partner the Hungarian Attila Zoller made a trio album with the French-Algerian piano virtuoso Martial Solal that was regarded as one of the most trenchant of its time.
Hans Koller
Although he played all the saxophones and clarinet, it was as a cool tenor saxophonist of the Lennie Tristano school that Koller made his name. He admired, recorded and worked with Tristano's most prominent disciples, Konitz and Warne Marsh, and Koller's free thinking drew in to his orbit many of the best modern Europeans.
Capable of swinging, blues- inspired tenor solos, he gravitated in later life to esoteric unaccompanied music on the soprano saxophone. His music by then reflected his interest in other arts. He composed several longer works and wrote the ballet New York City (1968), all influenced by contemporary art music. He was a respected abstract painter whose work was included in exhibitions in France, Germany and Austria. Koller made his last recording in 1991 and retired from music shortly afterwards.
Links in comments. Say a big thanks to Paul D. for making this rare EP available in lossless.  Full scan included!


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  2. Here is my BIG thanks for you and your friend

  3. Thanks Wil, more to ocme soon ...

  4. RE: Zoot Meets Hans

    Boogieman and Paul D., many thanks for this rarity - most appreciated!

  5. Thank you, boogieman and Paul D - very surprised and pleased to find this here.

    This is my first visit here and so I hesitate to mention it but may I query the pitch/speed? I have a feeling something is wrong. Too fast/high? First and third tunes?

  6. Hi Yeswta,
    Thanks mate, you're completely right. Did anybody else wonder why Zoot's tenor sounded like an alto? Well the answer is here: this EP should be played in 33 rpm and NOT in 45 rpm as in the rip. I shall re-post shortly. Sorry for this confusion.
    Mind you, it didn't sound that bad to hear them playing fast ....
    That's kinda funny. RE-post coming soon.

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  8. Zoot meets Hans - Also lasts longer which is another bonus - thanks again, Paul D and BM.

    I'm listening again (fifth time I think) to track 2. Nothing wrong with the post but Tom Lord has only Hans listed as doubling on clarinet, at least in the old version I have of his discography. I'm still certain there are two clarinets - thought so on the fast version too but wanted to be sure. So unless it is overdubbed, Zoot must be playing one as well.

  9. immense big treasure to find. YOur blog seems to be always in rare land. never thought i would hear a copy. merci

  10. Hi Yewsta,
    I had an interesting exchange with Paul D. re. your last comment. I'll summarize.
    1. For a start, one has to understand that Belgian discographers do not have much love for Tom Lord whom, we claim, stole most of his information from Walter Bruynincks'discography, including missplelling and typos!. A cardinal sin as Walter Bruynincks is sacred among Belgian discographers and serious jazz collectors.
    2. You are perfectly right about the two clarinets / clarinetists. Actually, the German sleeve notes indicate that there are two clarinets played by two clarinetists i.e. Hans and Zoot.
    3. In conclusion Tom Lord has most probably never heard this record ... or he's suffering from accute deafness!


  11. Okay, Boogieman, I will try to refrain from mentioning a certain name in any dealings with Belgians!

    The back cover of the album does state, at the bottom, that it can only be played at 45rpm. I'm not sure how strange this is, an EP playing at 33rpm.

  12. Hi Yewsta,
    the explanation may be that this copy is a Japanese pressing (in 33rpm) with the same cover / reference as the original German pressing (45 rpm).

  13. Ah, yes - of course - simple. Thanks.

  14. I'm very grateful. Thank You both!!!

  15. For a new link, see Rarity Series RE-Post (Feb 2012)

  16. Finally I want to thank you and Paul D for this wonderful music and sound.
    In fact this post was the first I discovered here.
    Better late than never - thank you again for all the fine music.

  17. Thanks Paul D - missed this first time