SummaryA new compilation with rare and exciting modern jazz music of legendary German musicians such as Albert and Emil Mangelsdorff, Rolf Kuehn, Inge Brandenburg, Michael Naura, Joki Freund, Horst Jankowski and many others. Ten previously unknown tracks from rare vinyl records or archives, that reflect "the state of the art" of jazz in Germany between 1956 and 1965. Rediscovery of lost recordings from the early days of the German jazz scene, compiled by Ekkehart Fleischhammer and Stephan Steigleder, newly mastered and with extensive liner notes from eye-witness Siegfried Schmidt-Joos, plus many unpublished photographs from the Jazz Archive Eisenach / L + R Music Archive.
Extract of The Linernotes by Siegfried-Schmidt-Joos (February 2010):
"There was a time when Jazz in Germany was as popular as today's sophisticated pop music. Not like the superstars: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and others like them would not have sold out sports stadiums and huge halls like U2 or the Rolling Stones. However when bands like the Helmut Brandt Combo or the Michael Naura Quintet toured in the Fifties and Sixties of the last century with their music for the head and heart, they did not attract less German public than contemporary bands like Einstürzende Neubauten or Element of Crime. I know what I am talking about because I was there."