In memory of Johnny Peret

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

Sunday, May 27, 2012

RARITY #14

RARITY # 14 : JUMPIN' with HELMUT BRANDT COMBO
(EP 45 rpm, METRONOME 1730, GERMANY, 1958)

Almost a year ago I posted the EP "SWINGIN' with the Helmut Brandt Combo" as Rarity #7.
What I did not know at the time was that this EP was part of a three EP series showcasing the versatiliy of the leader in different styles.

It is onxidlib who unearthed this second volume and brought it to my attention.  The music and the playing style will come as a surprise after hearing "Swingin'".
It may even raise of few eyebrows among "highbrow" jazz specialists who tend to regard with suspicion anything hinting at "low brow" rhythm' and blues.
It these four tracks, Mr Brandt is clearly delving into the realm of Earl Bostic and consorts. And he does it with flying colors.  Next time you organize a blindfold test, play any one of these tracks and see what will be suggested (Can't be Bostic as it's tenor ... Arnett Cobb ? Red Prysock ? Early King Curtis ...).

Tough Tenors have always figured among my favorite blowers, from Illinois Jacquet to Fathead Newman, I dig 'em all.  

 I hope you'll enjoy these four sides as much as I do.  To the best of my knowledge they have never been re-issued.


HELMUT BRANDT COMBO  "JUMPIN'"

Helmut Brandt, tenor saxophone
Gert Mann, piano
Erich Gerosch, bass
Heinrich Schröder, drums

A1. Charmaine              2:09
A2. Lover Come Back To Me  2:53
B1. Armer Gigolo           2:08
B2. Love Letters           2:40

Recorded at Studio Frankfurt (Alter Funksaal), Frankfurt, Germany on 25th August, 1958.

METRONOME MEP 1730

Now what about the third EP of the series?  It is supposed to showcase Brandt's ability in a fifties cool / west coast setting.  I'd love to hear it or, even better, to post it.  If you have it and if you are willing to share, drop me a line.

7 comments:

  1. Super rip in Lossless (FLAC) thanks to onxidlib.

    http://www.mirrorcreator.com/files/0DUYSIUV/Metronome_1730.rar_links
    or
    http://mir.cr/0DUYSIUV

    Enjoy!

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  2. Seems that no one is interested in this EP - or do I miss something.
    It's Jump and it bounces!

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  3. Don't understand either. It's among my favorite Brandt ... too "Bostic" perhaps. Bostic always had bad press among jazzers, too commercial etc. - but Coltrane recognized what a great saxman Bostic was.

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  5. For the record: the missing one is called "Helmuth Brandt Combo - Nordlicht", Metronome MEP 1734. Titles are Bami, Storyville Bounce, Tipsy Driver and Nordlicht. Recorded the same day.

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    1. Tipsy Driver! How politically incorrect! Would love to hear this record. Hope it will eventually pop up somewhere,

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  6. Thanks for the Brandt chaps - sterling job

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