First release of a previously unknown album from the personal archives of “clarinet bird” Rolf KÃ¼hn, recorded 1962 in Hamburg. Outstanding modFirst release of a previously unknown album from the personal archives of “clarinet bird” Rolf KÃ¼hn, recorded 1962 in Hamburg. Outstanding modern jazz and hard bop session featuring Klaus Doldinger (ts), Ingfried Hoffmann (org/ p), Cees See (d) and Herman Schoonderwalt (b), with plenty of tunes made famous by Horace Silver (“Sister Sadie”), Charlie Parker (“Au Privave”), Miles Davis (“Solar”) or Thelonious Monk (“Bemsha Swing”) – all arranged by KÃ¼hn. Comes as 6-page-digipack-CD and limited vinyl LP commemorating the 85th birthday of Rolf KÃ¼hn, carefully mastered in 2014, with unreleased photos and new sleeve notes written by KÃ¼hn’s biographer Maxi Sickert.
Of time capsules and memory sources of frozen time – Stop Time! – By Maxi Sickert (August 2014)
June 1962 in Hamburg. In the studio of NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk), the equipment is already set up: microphones, cables, a drum set and a Hammond B3 organ. Just the year before, Rolf KÃ¼hn had returned from New York. Henri Regnier, musical director of the NDR, made him the offer to invite musicians of his personal choice every month for recordings and a later presentation of the results in Regnier’s radio show. Three studio days a month for free, moreover, with a generous budget for fees and travel costs – a carte blanche for Rolf KÃ¼hn. Already he has ideas of how to combine musicians, what pieces are to be played and especially how.
The musicians play a sequence, then it starts. KÃ¼hn’s hands move faster and faster over the flaps of the …And then it stops. Suddenly. Stop Time.
Today, 52 years later, KÃ¼hn sees the music as a form of time capsule. Short tunes, right to the point. Say what is to be said, and then the next track starts. Only five years later he recorded the album “Impressions of New York” for Impulse! Records together with his brother, at the level of John Coltrane, Archie Shepp and the representatives of the young, angry Fire Music. No more limits – long, flowing solos and joint improvisations. A big step forward, from bebop to free jazz. “But in 1962 this music was just right”, as KÃ¼hn points out. A fascinating document of great technique and the sheer pleasure of playing music. Without bad habits. And a terrific start for Klaus Doldinger. This album is a time capsule, that should be opened carefully. The stopped time. Stop Time!