Mainhattan Modern

BY Albert Mangelsdorff

Vinyl LP Record


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Lost jazz files: Recently discovered treasures from the world renowned “German ambassador of jazz”, trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff from Frankfurt/ Main. Unique modern jazz and hard bop recorded in the late 1950s and early 60s – sadly forgotten or previously unreleased, featuring Joki Freund, Hans Koller, Peter Trunk, Heinz Sauer, Günter Lenz and many more big names from the German scene. Collection of nine lost tunes including original material and arrangements like „Improvisation zu einem Klang”, „Tower Blues”, „Jo-Jo Blues” or „Joe und Joe”. Careful audio restoration and mastering for vinyl LP and 6-page-digipack CD with new sleeve notes.

“Albert is a trombonist with his own personal and precise conceptions of music and an original creative style. He admires many of his American jazz counterparts but does not pattern his own style after models. He listens to himself and tries to make his own sounds. This means travelling a lonely road for a European jazz man and Albert Mangelsdorff has been on this journey for many years.” (Horst Lippmann, 1964, from sleeve notes of LP “Animal Dance”).

Autumn 2014. Jazz aficionados and record collectors meet, listen to old tapes and swap music files. They are enthusiastic about private recordings or vinyl singles by trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff (1928-2005) from Frankfurt am Main. Lists are assembled from a variety of more and less reliable sources. They serve the basis for this CD and LP compilation “Mainhatten Modern”. That way some lost or completely unknown recordings become available for the first time in a remastered format, finally saved for posterity. Mangelsdorff is regarded as the true pioneer of German jazz and still represents its biggest successes. Ten years after the war, he was the first German jazz musician to attract international attention due to his unique style. To this day, his skills and dedication make him a role model for countless trombonists. The high individual level of playing, which Mangelsdorff and his sidemen achieved in the 1950s and 60s, can be heard on these newly discovered recordings from studios and concert halls.

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