WOLFGANG LAUTH SEXTET - "LIFE'S DANCE"
(GERMANY 1967, issued on INMUS 20038 in 2000)
I haven’t posted much this month. I’m on holiday, it’s warm and sunny, I take it easy. I try to keep away from computers, e-mails and other life-encroaching devices for a while. And I take time to listen to my vinyls rather than electronic files.
Onxidlib sent me this rip over a month ago, it's now high time to share it.
Coming from onxidlid, it has to be German Jazz and the star of the session is the pianist Wolfgang Lauth (1931-2011) a musician who's little-known outside of Germany.
A short bio (source: Lippman-Rau Music Archives)
The pianist and composer Wolfgang Lauth was born in Ludwigshafen in 1931. After studying at the College of Music in Mannheim he founded a quartet which was devoted to cool jazz. Initially Wolfgang Lauth worked mainly as house pianist in the Heidelberg jazz club "Cave 54", which was also frequented by Fritz Rau. In the mid 1950s the jazz festivals in Frankfurt became Lauth's stepping stones to the national scene. The Wolfgang Lauth Quartet reminded listeners of the Modern Jazz Quartet not only because of its instrumentation, but also because Lauth cultivated his liking for baroque music. Instead of playing American standards Lauth specialized in original compositions, but also played jazz versions of melodies from German operetta and other hits, while also writing cantatas as well as ballet and film music. Towards the end of the 1960s he increasingly withdrew from the active jazz scene. In 1999 Lauth published his memoirs in book form ("These Foolish Things. Jazztime in Germany - A Swinging Retrospect").
This session - dating from 1967- remained in the vault of Hans Wewerka until 2000 when it was issued on CD on the short-lived INMUS label. One could hear influences of the Modern Jazz Quartet and of George Shearing / Cal Tjader. Granted, vibist Fritz Hartschuh is not the world greatest vibist, obviously not in the same league as Tjader, Fats Sadi, or Wolfgang Schlüter.
Nevertheless the record has its moments, one could only wish that Emil Mangelsdorff and Sydney Smith were given a bit more room to stretch.
Emil Mangelsdorff, flute
Sidney Smith, tenor saxophone
Wolfgang Lauth, piano
Fritz Hartschuh, vibes
Wolfgang Wagner, bass
Horst Seidelmann, drums
01. Ouverture 5:15
02. Intrada 2:24
03. Rush Hour 2:22
04. High Society 3:02
05. Sports 2:50
06. Life & Dream 4:32
07. Nerve Of Verve 2:36
08. Black And Blues 5:07
09. Streets Of Life 2:19
10. Triumph In Back 5:02
All compositions by Wolfgang Lauth.
Recorded July, 1967 at Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg, Germany.