10 May 2013

Baden-Baden Free Jazz Meeting 1967 and more

 We had requests for some of the Baden-Baden Free Jazz Meetings recently, so I thought it opportune to check the archives for more of these meetings. What's offered here are three sets, the first of which are excerpts from the 1967 meeting, the second is also at the Süd-West Rundfunk studios in Baden-Baden, but a little bit previous to the actual meeting of that year, and the third is unrelated, made for Radio Bremen, but also from 1967.

Also opportune to put Joachim-Ernst Behrendt at the top, the producer of both the Baden-Baden sessions and a key figure in bringing jazz to the public in Germany. The Baden-Baden meetings were very much his idea and he kept them going for years. We'll get to the 1970 and 1977 meetings in a little while.

The first set (bb67-1):

December 16-18, 1967

1. ANDALUSIAN PROVERB (Jeanne Lee/Gunter Hampel) – 5:37
Jeanne Lee voc; Albert Mangelsdorff tb; Gunter Hampel vib; Buschi Niebergall b; Pierre Courbois d.

2. CUBIC (Marion Brown) – 4:13
Marion Brown as; Peter Kowald b; Sven Åke Johansson d.

3. JEPA (Albert Mangelsdorff/Evan Parker) – 5:31
Albert Mangelsdorff tb; Evan Parker ss; Peter Kowald b; John Stevens d.

4. RELATIONSHIP (Don Cherry/Evan Parker) – 9:03
Don Cherry p-tp; Evan Parker ss; Peter Kowald b; Buschi Niebergall b; John Stevens d.

The second set (bb67-2):

October/November 1967 – Baden-Baden (G), SWF Studio Session
Irene Schweizer p; Uli Trepte b; Mani Neumeier d/tabla.

1. STOP TWICE (Irene Schweizer) – 3:22
2. FOR KESHAV, dedicated to Keshav Sathe (Mani Neumeier) – 4:38
3. PRE-BEAT CONCEPTION (Irene Schweizer) – 6:57

and, finally, the third set (fb67):

September 12 1967

1. ANYTHING GOES (Irene Schweizer) – 9:11 
Irene Schweizer p; Uli Trepte b; Mani Neumeier d.

2. EVERYTHING (Peter Brötzmann) – 6:36
Peter Brötzmann ts; Fred van Hove p; Peter Kowald b; Sven Åke Johansson d.

3. PIANO SKETCHES (Irene Schweizer) – 10:14
Fred van Hove, Irene Schweizer, Alexander von Schlippenbach p; Peter Kowald, Uli Trepte, Buschi Niebergall b; Sven Åke Johansson, Mani Neumeier, Jaki Liebezeit d.

4. THREE (Peter Brötzmann) – 7:59
Peter Brötzmann ts; Fred van Hove, Irene Schweizer, Alexander von Schlippenbach p; Peter Kowald, Uli Trepte, Buschi Niebergall b; Sven Åke Johansson, Mani Neumeier, Jaki Liebezeit d.

5. IMPROVISATIONEN (Sven Åke Johansson) – 15:12
Irene Schweizer Trio + Peter Brötzmann Quartet + Manfred Schoof Quintet

These were all recordings made by "sammler kk" and made available on the Dime torrent site in late 2007. None of these recordings has to my knowledge been publically released. 

Some fodder for the weekend, eh?


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

Thanks very much. Fodder indeed!

Anonymous said...

When looking at session three here, the Bremen one, "Machine Gun" and "European Echoes" seem only one small step away. I'm familiar with all three sessions - highly recommended!! Sammler KK really rocked the collector-scene with these uploads back then - thanks man!

Anonymous said...

Looks tasty!!!!!

Nick said...

Great - thanks

Wallofsound said...

Very glad to hear these.

sandor essedy said...

thanks for this; and there is one by years? fantastic!

doghouse said...

Thanks - much appreciated

Sami said...

Don Cherry and Evan Parker!!!! Marion Brown trio!!! Brötzmann!!! Crazy days! Thanks!!! Very impressive set so far.

Nargile57 said...

Wonderful, wonderful sounds, many many thanks from Istanbul :)

Andy said...

Thanks for this impressive post. I'd read that Evan Parker had met these others early on, but didn't know there was recorded evidence.

From an interview on his website:

Technically the first time I played with him (Brotzmann) was at the Baden Baden SudWestFunk [SWF] meeting, where I was very lucky, by the skin of my teeth really, because John Tchicai decided to take a holiday and not to work over the Christmas. At that point there was the determination to go wherever necessary whenever necessary in order to play. So Kowald had come to London in that period that you had documented [SUMMER 1967], and when he went home he said: "I'll try and set some things up". Then he said to me: "Come, I can't say for sure, but if there's a space in the car, it looks like there might be a possibility for you - I'm really working on it". At that time he was living in Antwerp. So when we got to Antwerp that night Kowald said: "Yes, it's on. Come down to Baden Baden with us and meet everybody." That was also very important, meeting Brötzmann and a lot of people - Don Cherry, Albert Mangelsdorf, Jeanne Lee, Marion Brown. Also Barre Phillips, who had already been in London. The history of my relationships with all these people - each one is a slightly different story, and different dates - to unravel it all and get it in the right sequence is quite complicated. Quite difficult.

Clifford Allen said...

any chance for a re-up?

I'm getting some cool stuff transferred so I would be happy to trade.

onxidlib said...

Hi Clifford - I'll do a re-up if kinabalu should not find some time for doing so...

kinabalu said...

Onx, I'll see to it.

kinabalu said...
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Ernst Grgo Nebhuth said...




francisco santos said...

BIG THX, Ernst!...

Solomon said...

Thank you!

Manfred Becher said...

Thanks for JEPA! Great!!

Ernst Grgo Nebhuth said...

Relistened to the recordings with joy. But the first and second track from the second file (Irene Schweizer Trio) is corrupt (lots of static noise).
Is it only me or has everyone the same "distractions".
If not I would appreciate a re-up....

Clifford Allen said...

Yeah, I noticed the static more on the second track with Schweizer.

Also, the drummer on the Marion Brown trio track is definitely John Stevens.