Something more from the formative years of European free jazz or at least, bordering on it. This is the Manfred Schoof Quintet from Villa Berg, Stuttgart, during a "Woche der leichten Musik 1966". Light music, eh? Strong line-up on this piece with many of the leading lights of the German scene at the time.
Just one piece or suite lasting a little over 20 minutes with four or five sections separated by themes played in unison, giving way to individual solos from all five. It's hard to pick out highlights here, perhaps the high-pitched trills of Schoof coming on quite like Don Cherry or the propulsive, muscular tone of Niebergall. And we get to hear Jaki Liebezeit who would later go on to fame and perhaps fortune with krautrock supremos Can. He was not the only krautrocker to start out in jazz.
I'm not sure whether this piece later ended up on record. Maybe some of our readers know?
MANFRED SCHOOF QUINTET
October 18, 1966 – Stuttgart (Germany), Villa Berg (Woche der leichten Musik 1966)
Manfred Schoof cnt/flh;
Gerd Dudek ts;
Alexander von Schlippenbach p;
Buschi Niebergall b;
Jaki Liebezeit d.
1. SUITE (M.Schoof/A.v.Schlippenbach/Don Cherry) – 21:30
Source: rb/WDR, recorded by SDR (Süddeutscher Rundfunk Stuttgart)
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