In memory of Johnny Peret

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

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


(COLUMBIA 33 WS 508  10", Germany, 1956).

This one's for Paul D.  It's been on his wish list for a long, long time and the original 25 cm is now very rare.

I intended to post it within the Rarity Series but I discovered that it had been re-issued on a CD ""Music, Maestro, Please - Erwin Lehn 1947 - 1959" which is still currently available.  It went under the radar as it is usually filed under schlager / german easy listening, a category I rarely browse (perhaps I should, I might come across unexpected surprises).

MPS collectors will recognize some familiar names for sure!

CREDITS (completed)
Trumpet – Horst Fisher, Georg Ernszt, Franz Bummerl, Eberhard Schnidt-Schultz 
Trombone - Ernst Mosch, Ferencz Lakatos, Mladen Gutesha
Bass Trombone: Kurt Krause
Alto Saxophone, Clarinet: Werner Baumgart, Karl-Heinz Tischendorf
Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Gerald Weinkopf
Tenor Sax, Clarinet: Fritz Dautel 
Barytone Sax, Clarinet:  Ernst Machwitz 
Vibraphone, Leader – Erwin Lehn
Piano – Horst Jankowski
Double Bass – Peter Witte
Drums – Herman Mutschler


A1. Drummer's Holiday (Arno Flor)               3:23
solo: Hermann Mutschler, drums

A2. Lester Leaps In (Lester Young)              2:59
solo: Ernst Mosch, trombone / Gerald Weinkopf, tenor saxophone

A3. Blues Für Tenorsaxophone (Gerald Weinkopf)  3:33
solo: Gerald Weinkopf, tenor saxophone

A4. Stratosphäre (Werner Baumgart)              2:50
solo: Erwin Lehn, vibraphone / Werner Baumgart, clarinet

B1. C-Jam Blues (Duke Ellington)                3:33
solo: Horst Jankowski, piano / Ernst Mosch, trombone / Werner Baumgart, tenor saxophone /
Horst Fischer, trumpet / Peter Witte, bass

B2. South African Clipper (Mladen Gutesha)      3:09
solo: Horst Fischer, trumpet / Hermann Mutschler, drums

B3. The Lady Is A Tramp (Richard Rodgers)       3:21
Solist: Horst Jankowski, piano

B4. Jumping With Symphony Sid (George Shearing) 2:44
solo: Horst Fischer, trumpet / Gerald Weinkopf, tenor saxophone

Recorded on February 23 & 27, 1956 in Stuttgart, Germany

COLUMBIA 33 WS 508  10" (original release)

Erwin Lehn (source: Wikipedia)
Thanks to onxidlib for the rip & to the bloggers who introduced me to the music of Erwin Lehn (Arkadin & Basso if I remember right).
Thanks to Paul D. for the complete discographical information.


  1. Thanks for another rarity of German jazz.
    Can't believe this has Ernst Mosch on trombone - the epitome of all that's awful about German "Volksmusik".

    1. It's not only Ernst Mosch who started with Jazz.
      Several german easy-listening musicians started with Jazz: Hugo Strasser, Max Greger, James (Hans) Last and others.
      Also Udo Lindenberg - the first one singing in german to Rockmusic was a drummer for Gunter Hampel or Klaus Doldinger.
      He was also a founding member of Passport.
      The list could go on - and I am certainly nor a specialist for this part of music.

  2. Ah Ah! And Werner Baumgart on sax and clarinet, he committed some serious Oom Pah Pah albums on MPS! But just wait until you hear 'em, they swing alright !
    Sorry but the uploading is taking some time. The link will be posted in about 1/2h ... inch Allah!


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  5. Thanks a lot, onxidlib and boogieman. Looking forward to trying this out. It's good to think of something going back to Paul D after all his generosity and work too.

    No problem with MF today - used IE but it isn't always the answer.

    1. Hi yewsta,
      I know something that would please Paul D. (and me too): a good rip of the LP Presenting the Harry South Big Band - Mercury 20081MCL.
      Any hope ? If you find it, i'll send you an email address.

  6. onxidlib,

    i was aware of Last and Greger having their feed in jazz - doesn't come as a big surprise considering the big band music that made them famous. But Mosch? I can hardly think of any music farther away from jazz ;-)

    You see, i grew up with Mosch (and Last) since my father loved this music. Wouldn't have expected that i ever download an album that has Mosch on it!

  7. In my youth I was also "bombarded" with this ugly fake "Volksmusik" - me too would never have thought that one day I should hear a LP/CD with Mosch on it - without putting a gun in front of me I mean ;)

  8. "Wenn ich Volksmusik höre ... entsichere ich meinen Browning!" ?

  9. No Browning or similar tool for creating (a harsh...) reality needed. Instead I suggest a healthy dosage of creative music.

    But of course in reality it's much more complicated. I'm no Nazi - but there is a difference which makes a difference.

    I mean: everyone should be happy with whatever he chooses but some "things are full of sh..." to paraphrase the "Enema Bandit".

    ...this is the first time I have thought about these crazy music (so called Volksmusik or music of the folks) for many, many years - in fact this kind of music is NOT original folk-music at all - instead it's a product - similar to the stuff we buy in the wharehouses or in supermarkets...

    I do like real folk - from all over the world - some more some less...

  10. No offence intended. When I read the word "gun", this famous sentence came back to my mind. I had a very strong dislike for "commercial music" at a time. I guess i've become much more tolerant. And "commercial" does not mean "bad", I mean most musicians hope to make a buck with their music, Ellington, Armstrong, Basie were "commercial". I think i have now a better appreciation of the craftmanship that went into some "commercial music", probably even in some Volksmusik and related schlager. Or perhaps contemporary "pop" music has reached such a nadir that even Volksmusic sounds better.

  11. No problem dear Boogieman - I wasn't offended at all.
    The guys as Ernst Mosch were easily up to the "challenge" to play some "Volksmusik".
    I don't know wether you ever heard real german or bavarian (or better folk-music from the german speaking part of the alps) - it sounds quite different. Nowadays there's younger generation which goes on in this tradition (also quite often outside the tradition but still tradition...).
    And there's no fault in trying to make a living with music off course - but still there is a difference I might think.
    As these topics are related to social and political ones I will stop here - it would be easier to talk about than to write my thoughts about it.
    ...I remember the occasions when I was dancing and singing along some really bad and heavy Schlager - I'm quite "rude" in my opinion but I'm able and willing to embrace.

    I mean there's instant coffee and mocca - and I think mocca is better - but I do drink instant coffee as well...