KOLNER JAZZ HAUS BIG BAND – OPEN LINES
LP JMH 04 ST – GERMANY, 1980
An exciting and adventurous contemporary big band outing led by Joachim Ulrich and featuring both established and upcoming musicians who collaborated with the Kolner Jazz Haus in the early eighties (Markus Stockhausen, Klaus Lenz, Karl Heinz Wiberny, Georg Ruby …). An album that proves that there was still a lot of creative music played and recorded in Europe in the early eighties!
While it may have been Keith Jarrett’s famous (and, IMHO, overrated) “Koln concert” that put Koln on the jazz map for the casual jazz fans, the city had a very lively and creative jazz scene in the late 70s / early 80s (and may still have?).
To the best of my knowledge, this LP never made it to CD. Shame as there is some great playing here. My favorite track is the last one, “My You the Better”, but the whole LP is pretty good.
See Discogs for the detail of the players.
A1 Fly 6:54
A2 Fluorescent Stones In The River 7:45
A3 Insisting Lines 5:17
B1 Different Colours 10:13
B2 My You The Better 8:49
With thanks to Paul D. for the rip and the scans.