In memory of Johnny Peret

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

Monday, June 13, 2011


RARITY # 7 : Swingin’ with HELMUT BRANDT COMBO vol. 1
(EP, Metronome, Germany, 1958)
 Another obscure EP from the vault of Paul D.  I must confess that I was completely ignorant of Mr Helmut Brandt very existence in the realm of jazz and when I googled his name, the only info I got was about a German politician.  I tried again, googling “Helmut Brandt – jazz” and managed to get some sparse info
Helmut played tenor saxophone and clarinet as the leader of an amateur dixieland group, entertaining American troops after World War II. He won enormous popularity in the American jazz clubs, made many recordings, appeared as an honoured guest at jazz festivals and played with many international jazz stars, amongst them Miles Davis, Lester Young and Albert Mangelsdorff.
His Helmut Brandt-Combo was the leading source of jazz in Germany in the 1950s. Then he joined the RIAS Bigband as musician and chief arranger.
 In 1974 he started his Mainstream Orchestra, that eventually became an institution of the Berliner jazz scene. His compositions and arrangements —specifically Mainstream and Cool Jazz in character, and his unusual line-up of baritone saxophone, 2 flügelhorns, trombone, guitar, bass und drums made every appearance of this excellent jazz group a big attraction.
The high spot of Helmut's activities was his Symphonic Poem for Big Band and Symphony Orchestra, first performed in 1998. This large symphonic work blends classical music with popular music and represents a milestone in the German musical culture of this century.
One of the jazz legends of Germany, in 2000 he received the Bundesverdienstkreuz (German Service Medal) for his life's work.
Helmut Brandt died unexpectedly of a heart attack in Stuttgart on the 26th of July, 2001 aged 70.
(taken from the website jazzprofessional ).
Additional info on Mr Brandt can be found here and here. 


01.  Honeysuckle rose
02.  Cherry
03.  Sie will nie blumen
04.  Manhattan
As the tracklist clearly indicates, the music is Swing / Mainstream.  I especially like the ballad “Manhattan” with Helmut on tenor.
Helmut Brandt          clarinet, tenor sax
Gerd Mann               vibraphone, piano
Eric Gerosh               double bass
Heinrich Schroder    drums

 Very rare indeed. 
A copy of this EP is  currently on sale on e-bay for the very modest sum of US$ 129.99


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  2. Thank you! Rare tracks, at least for me.

  3. exellent thank you Paul D.. great metronome single

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