"The cosmic eye at the central point and on the periphery of the sphere can see all the structures from every angle at the same time. From the divine indifference of the sphere emerge the solos with all the impulse of revolt. The lines they trace are the images of life."— Alexander von Schlippenbach, from the liner notes to Globe Unity (Saba, 1966).
As told to John Corbett by Peter Brötzmann: 'Out of the first trio (with Kowald and Sven-Åke Johnasson) and the Schoof/Schlippenbach Qunitet - Gerd Dudek was in it, Buschi, Jaki Liebezeit was the drummer - out of that combination was formed the first Globe Unity'. Not contradicting this, Jeske (1980), reported that Globe Unity was formed in autumn 1966 with a commission received by Alex von Schlippenbach from the Berlin Jazz Festival. 'We did three days of rehearsal in Koln and performed my composition entitled Globe Unity at the Philharmonie in Berlin on 3rd November. The piece was released on Saba the same year.' In the early days, the musical influences were various and the contributions and organization to some extent egalitarian, with Peter Brötzmann and Peter Kowald being particularly important. However, as the different 'periods' (Schlippenbach, 1993) were worked through Schlippenbach became the cornerstone and the provider of musical starting points for the group.........and in September 2012 Globe Uunity will be on the road again.
This was the birth of this unique orchestra which received great critics but the concert also has been titled “a men´s joke featuring the devil”
ALEXANDER VON SCHLIPPENBACH "GLOBE UNITY"
Manfred Schoof, cornet, fluegelhorn, (triangle)
Claude Deron, trumpet, (lotus flute)
Willi Lietzmann, tuba, (maracas)
Peter Brötzmann, alto saxophone, (gurke)
Gerd Dudek, tenor saxophone, (duck call)
Kris Wanders, baritone saxophone, (zorna, alto saxophone, lotus flute)
Willem Breuker, baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone, (ratsche)
Gunter Hampel, bass clarinet, flute, (pandeira)
Karlhanns Berger, vibraphone (Sun only)
Buschi Niebergall, bass, (sirene) (right channel)
Peter Kowald, bass, (small bells) (left channel)
Jackie Liebezeit, drums, kettle-drums, tempel blocks, darbuka) (left channel)
Mani Neumeier, drums, (tam-tam, gongs, woodblocks, tabla, "mani-tom") (right channel)
Alexander von Schlippenbach, conductor, piano, tubular bells, tam-tam, gongs (Messer [knife], flexaton)
1. Globe Unity 20:27
2. Sun 20:44
Recorded on 6th and 7th December 1966 at Ariola Studio, Cologne.
Note: The instruments in paranthesis are used additionally in "Sun" only.
SABA 15 109ST
(this copy from POCJ-2698  Japan re-issue)
(For Kinabalu . .)