In memory of Johnny Peret

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

Wednesday, July 31, 2013



Francy Boland
IMHO they were simply the best big band around in those years. And believe me there was strong competition, the Duke was still around and so were Basie and Hamp.  But when it came to hardbop it was hard to find a finer contender than the KCFBBB.

Thanks again to onxidlib for these recordings. As far as I know they aren't or ever were commercially available. 

Benny Bailey, trumpet
Jimmy Deuchar, trumpet
Kenny Clarke
Sonny Grey, trumpet
Idrees Sulieman, trumpet
Ake Persson, trombone
Erik Van Lier, trombone
Nat Peck, trombone
Derek Humble, alto saxophone
Johnny Griffin, tenor saxophone
Ronnie Scott, tenor saxophone
Tony Coe, tenor saxophone
Sahib Shihab, baritone saxophone
Francy Boland, piano
Jimmy Woode, bass
Kenny Clarke, drums
Kenny Clare, drums

Dakota Staton, vocals (only track 3)

Kenny Clare
01. New Box 703 [Washington, D.C.?]  (Boland) 5:32
02. The Falcon (Clarke) 4:22
03. Cherokee (Noble) 2:53
04. Sweet And Lovely (Arnheim/Tobias/Lemar) 3:57
05. You Stepped Out Of A Dream (N.H. Brown/Kahn) 7:50
06. Sax No End (Boland)/The Wild Man (Clarke) 5:58
07. Griff's Groove (Boland)5:17
08. Gloria (B. Kaper/David) 4:57
09. Klook's Report 3:16
10. Mauve (Boland) 5:13
11. The Turk (trad./Boland) 7:41

Sonny Grey
Recorded at the Liederhalle, Stuttgart, Germany on May 16, 1968.

Note: According the announcer 'The Turk' is part of the Middle Eastern Suite.

Check on YouTube to see them Live on German telly.

Sunday, July 21, 2013



If you wish to impress your friends by looking like an authentic professionnal jazzman,  wear a Moroccan skull cap!
Mustache and facial hair in general do add a touch of authenticity.

Henri Texier (bass- France)
Joe Zawinul (keyboards-Austria/USA)

Chris Mc Gregor - piano - South Africa
Yusef Lateef - sax, reeds ... USA
Ronnie Earl - guitar - USA
Hugh Hopper - e.bass - UK

Eric Kleinschuster - trombone - Austria

Boogieman - I can whistle ...  - Belgium  / Morocco

Friday, July 19, 2013


Sun Dance
(Contemporary Records , 1988, USA)

Time for something a bit more recent.  Here is the first album of the George Robert-Tom Harrell Quintet which is also George Robert's second album as a leader.

His first album – entitled First Encounter – was recorded in New York City in 1984 with Niels Lan Doky, Ron McClure & Klaus Suonsaari (CD re-issue on Polystar Records, 2005)

One of the finest jazz musicians born in Switzerland, altoist George Robert has long considered his main influences to be Charlie Parker and Phil Woods. He started on piano when he was eight, and clarinet at ten, playing with a family band that included his four brothers.

 Robert switched permanently to alto as a teenager. In 1980, he moved to the United States to study at Berklee, settling in New York in 1984. Robert recorded his first album that year and in 1987, formed a quintet that he co-led with trumpeter Tom Harrell on and off through 1992.

This album was recorded in Lausanne, Switzerland during their '87 European tour.  The quintet features George Robert (alto saxophone, soprano saxophone), Tom Harrell (trumpet, flugelhorn), Dado Moroni (piano), Reggie Johnson (bass), Bill Goodwin (drums)

On AMG Scott Yanow displays a typically American patronising attitude towards non-US players: George Robert who is credited as “the leader” “plays quite well” but it is because of Tom Harrell that the album becomes “most notable”.
Pure baloney, just forget about the “names”. Tom Harrell is excellent indeed but the album is most notable because the music cooks!  What strikes the listener is how cohesive and “tight” this combo sounded on this first date.
Then Yanow goes on “ Harrell is actually much more boppish than usual, probably due to Robert's inspiration; the leader being  most influenced by Phil Woods”.  Fact is that Harrell was a key member of the Phil Woods Quintet in the eighties.  Actually it may be interesting to compare this album with some of the works he did with Phil Woods during the same period.
C 14037   George Robert/Tom Harrell - Sun Dance

Tom Harrell (trumpet, flugelhorn) George Robert (alto saxophone, soprano saxophone) Dado Moroni (piano) Reggie Johnson (bass) Bill Goodwin (drums)
Lausanne, Switzerland, March 29 & 30, 1987

•           Solad
•           Moon Alley
•           Cancun
•           Sun Dance
•           Because I Love You
•           Viking's Theme

n.b. some discographies mention an Italian re-issue on CD in 1993 but it was probably a pirate edition.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


EP 45 rpm - Brunswick 10062   Germany, 1956

Fans of rare Eurojazz, rejoice! Our man Onxidlib has unearthed another rare EP on German Brunswick.  It is a compilation of four small combos recorded at the occasion of the 4th German Jazz Festival in 1956.  A few (vaguely) familiar names (at least to me): Jean-Louis Chautemps, and the Belgians (Christian Kellens, Marcel Peeters, Alex Scorier)Helmut Weglinski, we’ve already encountered on the Modern Jazz Studio Nr 1 album.  Fred Bunge played with Kurt Edelhagen band in the 50s.  Vera Auer is a mysterious performer, one of the few females involved in the early days of the European jazz scene (read more here). Fritz Hartschub was a member of the Wolfgang Lauth Sextet posted last year (I was a bit hard on him but I really like his playing here).

A.1         FRED BUNGE ENSEMBLE          Basement party
Fred Bunge (tp) Christian Kellens (tb) Marcel Peeters (as) Alex Scorier (bar) Joe Klimm (p) Herbert Winter (b) Teddy Paris (d)
Concert, Frankfurt/Main, May 21, 1956

A.2.        VERA AUER COMBO       Dot's groovy
Jean-Louis Chautemps (ts) Vera Auer (vib) Klaus Sachs (p) Eddie de Haas (b) Shorty Langenbach (d)
Concert, Frankfurt/Main, May 21, 1956

B.1.        SOUND CAVE COMBO     Cool doodle
Egon Denue (ts) Fritz Hartschuh (vib) Wolfgang Wagner (b) Horst Seidelman (d)
Concert, Frankfurt/Main, May 19, 1956

B.2.        HELMUT WEGLINSKI QUINTET         Avalon
Helmuth Weglinski (vln) Flip Gehring (vib,g) Peter Grzescik (g) Jan Thomes (b) Heinz Hoitz (d)
Concert, Frankfurt/Main, May 21, 1956

Tracks 1,2 and 4 recorded on May 21, 1956 in Frankfurt/Main, Germany during the fourth German Jazz Festival.
Track 3 recorded on May 19, 1956 at the same location.

Note: Christian Kellens plays a tuba with five valves in e-flat - which in character and range resembles the bass-trombone.

Christian Kellens (centre) with Jorge Lopez Ruz (left) and Gustavo Bergalli (right) ( 1960s) (photo archive Christian Kellens (found : here )
Read an interview of Attila Zoller and how he met Vera Auer (here)

Monday, July 15, 2013


Blue Thumb, USA, 1970

 Great rare blues LP

I haven’t posted a real blues album for a long while.  Blues music was my first musical love affair.  And close to fifty years later, I’m still in love with the Blues.  The blues paved the way for my discovery of rhythm & blues, soul, funk and jazz.

If it wasn't for the blues, I'd be nowhere, musically speaking.  And all that because of a few British white boys called The Stones, The Animals, The Yardbirds ...  They opened a door for me, they introduced me to Jimmy Reed, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Elmore  ...

Here is a long-forgotten, never re-issued album by great blues drummer SAM LAY (Howlin’ Wolf band, Muddy Waters, Butterfield Blues Band a.o.).
There is no mention of the musicians in the sleeve notes.  

Based on aural and historical evidences, the following line-up is usually suggested :

Sam Lay : Vocals & Drums
Mike Bloomfield : Guitar  (not credited)
Nick Gravenites : Vocals
Mark Naftalin : Piano, organ  
Jerome Arnold ??? : Bass (not credited)
Paul Butterfield ??? : Harmonica   (not credited)

Side 1
01. Maggie's Farm (5.20)
02. Mean Mistreater (4.32)
03. Sam Lay & Mississipi John (5.05)
04. Crying For My Baby (3.25)

Side 2
01. Sloopy Drunk (3.15)
02. My Fault (3.59)
03. Roll Over Beethoven (2.50)
04. Asked Her For Water (7.30) - Vocals by Nick Gravenites
05. I Got My Mojo Workin' (3.24)

Recorded in November 1969 in San Francisco.  Produced by Nick Gravenites & Mike Bloomfield.

Saturday, July 13, 2013



Austria, 1968

Considering the interest generated by the Kleinschuster-Goykovich session posted at the beginning of the month and in response to a request from visitors, here is another bootleg featuring the Erik Kleinschuster Sextett, this time backing Norwegian singer Karin Krog on a session recorded in Vienna in 1968. 

With eternal gratitude to onxidlib for his musical generosity.


There are actually seven members in this sextet, the seventh member is an the unknown guitarist … any suggestion as to whom he could be?

Karin Krog, vocals
Robert Politzer, trumpet, fluegelhorn
Erich Kleinschuster, trombone
Hans Salomon, alto & tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Harald Neuwirth, piano
unknown, guitar
Rudolf Hansen, bass
Erich Bachträgl, drums


1. Hi-Fly (R.Weston)                                      04:28
Solos: Neuwirth, Politzer
2. Corcovado (A.C.Jobim)                            02:25
Solos: Politzer/Kleinschuster/Salomon
3. Lazy Afternoon (J.LaTouche/J.Moross)     03:37
Solo: Neuwirth
4. Mercy, Mercy (J. Zawinul)                                 03:09
5. I've Got Your Number (C.Coleman/C.Leigh)       03:56
Solos: Kleinschuster, Salomon (ts)
6. Sing Me Softly Of The Blues (C.Bley)            06:19
Solos: Kleinschuster, Salomon (bcl)
7. Once Upon A Summertime (J.Mercer/M.Legrand/E.Marnay/E.Barclay)            05:01
Solos: Politzer, Salomon (ts)
 8. Please Send Me Someone To Love (P.Mayfield)  05:11
Solo: Salomon (ts)

Recorded at the Austrophon Studio, Vienna in February 1968.

There are more bootlegs in the pipeline, thanks to onxidlib who seems to have access to an inexhaustible source of Eurojazz.  

P.S. (July 14): check in the comments of "they were all there ..." for a surprise contribution from a visitor.  And say thanks to the gentleman. 

Sunday, July 7, 2013



One could argue whether this EP – dating from c.1961 – qualifies as a “rarity”. Outside of Germany probably ?  Side B was re-issued on a double LP Munich Jazz 1950-1980 with a picture of Freddie Brocksieper in full drumming action on the cover.

Interesting character this Mr Brocksieper!  

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

Fritz "Freddie" Brocksieper (born August 24, 1912 in Istanbul, Turkey; died January 17, 1990) was a German jazz-musician, drummer, and bandleader.
He played professionally in Nuremberg beginning in 1930. In 1939 he went to Berlin. There he made recordings with the Golden Seven (1939), with Benny de Weille (1940) and Willy Berking (1940–1941), just as in the National-Socialist propaganda band Charlie and His Orchestra. His playing style on the drums was influenced above all by Gene Krupa.

The son of a Greek-speaking Jewish woman and a German engineer was able to get through National-Socialism as an essential swing musician. Freddie Brocksieper was considered a leading figure of early European big-band jazz. After the Second World War he led various bands in Stuttgart, Munich, and Berlin, and played also in American officers' clubs. With his bands he made it to the front page of Stars and Stripes. Beginning in 1957 Bavarian radio regularly broadcast live concerts from his studio in Munich.

From 1964 he played mainly in trios, and often with American soloists in Europe. In 1980 he received an award from the German Phonograph Academy.

I recommend reading the Wikipedia article on Charlie and his Orchestra.  Interestingly, it seems that  none of the musicians taking part in these propaganda recordings had much problem continuing playing after the war (although there were a couple of Belgians in the Orchestra who were considered collaborators by the Belgian authorities, and that put a stop to their musical career).

About this 45 rpm, the French would probably call it “ringuard”!  Not unlike the countless Hammond Favorites etc LPs recorded by Otto Weiss.  Much unfortunate as Otto could really swing when he wanted too.  Just listen to his contribution to Stuff Smith’s Black Violin on MPS or to Rudi Flierl ‘s Bostic Favorites on this blog.  You probably know Fred Spannuth already (see my post on Max Greger).

For completists only!

Fred Spannuth, tenor saxophone, clarinet and piano
Otto Weiss, piano, hammond-organ and vibraphone
Hans Vlig van der Sys, piano, guitar and arrangements
Helmut Wörsching, bass
Freddie Brocksieper, drums and leader

Side A:  Teach Me Tonight (Cahn/DePaul)  2:59
Side B:  Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Kern/Harbach)  2:53

Recorded ca. 1961 in Munich, Bavaria (most probably at the Universitätsreitschule).

With thanks to onxidlib for unearthing this obscurtiy.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Erich Kleinschuster Sextett + Dusko Goykovich

Recorded on January 15, 1970 at the Austrophon Studio, Vienna.

Erich Kleinschuster c. 1970
By popular demand … of one visitor ...  here is a second instalment of unreleased Kleinschuster-Goykovich sessions, this one dating from 1970. 

The session was supposedly for a LP but the record never materialised. I got the file from onxidlib who got it from someone else who got it from ... doesn’t matter.  May the gods and related entities bless the good and generous onxidlib for his invaluable contributions to this blog (and may, by the same occasion, the blessing extend to all other generous contributors).

Look at the cast. The names speak for themselves. Need I say more?   Get it while it lasts!

Dusko Goykovich c. 1970
Session 2
Dusko Goykovich,      trumpet, fluegelhorn
Robert Politzer            trumpet
Erich Kleinschus         trombone
Hans Salomon             soprano & tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Fritz Pauer                   piano, electric piano
Jimmy Woode              bass
Erich Bachträgl            drums

1. It's About Time (E. Kleinschuster) 5:47
2. Sega se Karame (E. Kleinschuster) 7:28
3. Night in Skoplje (D. Gojkovic) 5:20
4. Tell It Like It Is (F. Pauer) 5:29
5. Old Fisherman's Daughter (D. Gojkovic) 5:48
6. Madison Walk (E. Kleinschuster) 4:36

Hans Salomon
Fritz Pauer

Jimmy Woode

Erich Bachträgl
All pictures googled from the web.  Does anyone have a  picture of trumpet player Robert Politzer?

I hope this set will inspire some more comments than the first onet ( 1 comment in three months)

Monday, July 1, 2013


Jazz Gala Concert ‘76

Jazz Gala Big Band Orchestra 
conducted by Peter Herbolzheimer  (LP Atlantic, 1976)

"The Jazz-Gala-Concerts took place in West-Germany from 18 thru 23 January, 1976, enjoying live-audiences in Hamburg, Hannover, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Wiesbaden.

In a sort of co-production, Second-Channel TV-(ZDF) jazzproducer Reinhardt Knieper commissioned Hamburg's bookingagency Karste Jahnke to ask composer-arranger-bandleader Peter Herbolzheimer to organize an All Star Bigband and - since it was the opener for a regular TV jazz-series - use prominent international talent suitable, and available. Thus, an accumulation of famous jazz musicians became reality, a jazzfan's dream, with musicians which normally fill halls on their own.

Some of the most remarkable highlights (composer-arranger-soloists-credits see inside the cover) and experiences of this tour were the reunion of the famous Gerry Mulligan-Art Farmer frontline, the successful vocal performance of the fantastic drummer Grady Tate, Stan "the man" Getz in a nowadays rare bigband surrounding, Nat Adderley and his jazz-evergreens, the unique trombone of Albert Mangelsdorff and the unique trombone artistry of Slide Hampton, the social and musical consensus of everybody taking part.

In all - this LP is a document of contemporary (i.e. 70s) big band-jazz which will last for a long time. "


Jazz Gala Big Band Orchestra conducted by Peter Herbolzheimer
Trumpets: Rick Kiefer, Ron Simmonds, Derek Watkins, Ack van Rooyen, Art Farmer
Woodwinds: Herb Geller, Ferdinand Povel, Johnny Griffin, Wilton Gaynair, James Towsey
Trombones. Jiggs Whigham, Otto Bredl, Slide Hampton, Albert Mangelsdorf, Peter Herbolzheimer
Guitar: Volker Kriegel
Keyboards. Wolfgang Dauner
Bass. Niels-Henning Orstedt Pedersen
Drums: Grady Tate. Alex Riel (Moondance, Gentle Mood) Percussion: Nippy Noya Alex Riel
Guest Soloists: Nat Adderley (Cornet), Stan Getz (Tenor Sax) Gerry Mulligan (Baritone Sax), Jean "Toots" Thielemans (Harmonica)

Tracks & details of soloists
Side 1:
1. Blues In My Shoes 4:33 Music and arranged by Peter Herbolzheimer Soloist: Johnny Griffin, Tenor Sax.
2. Song For Strayhorn 4:15 Music and arranged by Gerry Mulligan Soloist: Gerry Mulligan. Baritone Sax
3. Festive Minor 5:34 Music and arranged by Gerry Mulligan. Soloists: Art Farmer, Flugelhorn Gerry Mulligan. Baritone Sax
Niels-Henning Orstedt Pedersen, Bass
4. Brown Ballad 3:55 Music by Ray Brown, arranged by Quincy Jones. Soloist: Jean "Toots" Thielemans, Harmonica
5. Moondance 4:14 Music by Van Morrison arranged by Peter Herbolzheimer Soloists: Grady Tate, Vocal, ' Wilton Gaynair, Tenor Sax.

Side 2:
1. Times Lie 3:52        Music by Chick Corea, arranged by Peter Herbolzheimer Soloist: Stan Getz, Tenor Sax     
2. Gentle Mood 7:22 Music and arranged by Peter Herbolzheimer. Soloists: Volker Kriegel, Guitar, Ferdinand Povel, Alto Sax , Ack van Rooyen, Flugelhorn.
3. The Up And Down Man 3:53 Music by Albert Mangelsdorff, Soloist: Albert Mangelsdodf, Trombone
4. Jive Samba 3:53 Music by Nat Adderley, arranged by Peter Herbolzheimer. Soloist: Nat Adderley, Cornet
5. Work Song 3:43 Music by Nat Adderley arranged by Peter Herbolzheimer, Soloist: Slide Hampton, Trombone

Recorded live 1/18/76 Hannover. - 1/23/76 Wiesbaden