7 May 2012


"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”


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 [1999] Japan re-issue)

(For Kinabalu . .)



onxidlib said...
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wightdj said...

Essential session. Thanks for an upgrade.

Anonymous said...

I have a few later Globe Unity releases. It will be nice to hear how it began. Many thanks.


Kevin said...

Thank you for this wonderful music!

kinabalu said...

Sooner or later we had to post that one. I'm taking the opportunity to make a digital backup as my copy is the Japanese lp reissue. Splendid, Onx! I will follow it up with another version shortly.

Rev. Dr. Moller. MDMA, THC and BAR. said...

Thanks for this.

marten512 said...

Thank you very much, onxidlib.

jeff said...

Thank you. Huge Globe Unity fan. This one is new to me. Whoever remastered for digital on this release took the time to do it right. Sound is really excellent. You guys never cease to amaze me with your posts. That a Gumpert, Malfatti & Oxley was amazing also.

matt w said...

Thank you very much!

Anonymous said...

Please, can you reupload
"ALEXANDER VON SCHLIPPENBACH "GLOBE UNITY" (SABA, 1966)", 'FLAC' files? Old links don't work. Many thanks.

onxidlib said...

...shall reup it soon.

onxidlib said...
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-Otto- said...

Thanks for the re-up, onxidlib!

JazzHound said...

Perhaps because I'm coming up on it late, but the file is broken for "Sun" on both filchier download files. Any chance of a reup? Thanks!

onxidlib said...

HI JazzHound - links are still valid and working - just tried it and the links are still at 1fichier! Have a premium account - so the links were not deleted!!

Ernst Grgo Nebhuth said...

Deleted the link.
It's available as official download http://www.qobuz.com/de-de/album/globe-unity-alexander-von-schlippenbach/4250644881299