26 May 2012




Paul Dunmall, tenor saxophone
Simon Picard, tenor saxophone
Gethin Liddington, trumpet
Chris Bridges, trombone
Malcolm Griffith, trombone
Keith Tippett, piano
Paul Rogers, bass
Tony Levin, drums

"Desire And Liberation" (Live):

01.    46:52 (tape flip)
02.    05:06 (continued from track 1)

Recorded at Custard Factory, Birmingham, UK on September 12, 1997.


23 May 2012

Mike Westbrook Band - Live in London '11

On request.

Rec. live at "King Place", London, GB, on April 2, 2011
(radio broadcast)

Mike Westbrook
Kate Westbrook,voice
Karen Streeet/Chris Biscoe/Chris Caldwell/Andy Tweed,saxophones
Simon Pearson,drums

1. The Serpent Hit [M. & K. Westbrook] 27:33

The Serpent Hit (excerpt)

21 May 2012

Tim Berne's Snakeoil - Live in Bergamo '12

In my opinion, the best project led by Tim Berne in the last years.

Rec. live at "Auditorium di Piazza della Libertà", Bergamo,
Italy, on March 24, 2012 (mics recording)

Tim Berne,alto sax
Oscar Noriega,clarinet & bass clarinet
Matt Mitchell,piano
Ches Smith,percussion

1. Scanners [T.Berne] (29:06)
2. Not Sure [T.Berne] (22:37)
3. Spare Parts [T.Berne] (19:16)
4. Psalm (encore) [P.Motian] (05:30)

Total Time 1:16:31

Psalm (encore)


At least for now this will be my last Manfred Schoof post. This time with an excerpt from a concert in Nürnberg 1970 and from 1980 in Willisau which probably is complete.


Manfred Schoof, trumpet
Bernard Vitet, trumpet
Kenny Wheeler, trumpet 
Tomasz Stanko, trumpet 
Alexander von Schlippenbach, piano
Peter Kowald, bass
Paul Lovens, drums

1. Wave (M. Schoof)    8:06

Recorded: May 1970 in Nürnberg, Germany (unknown venue).


Manfred Schoof, trumpet
Urs Leimgruber, tenor & soprano saxophone
Heinz Sauer, tenor & soprano saxophone
Michel Pilz, bass clarinet
John English, trombone
Rainer Brüninghaus, piano
Günter Lenz, bass
Ralf Hübner, drums

1. Source 27:37
2. Resonance 19:45

Recorded between 28.-31. August, 1980 in Willisau, Switzerland.

Actual date might be 30th or 31st of August (there's a John Tchicai show from the same festival, dated 31st August, 1980).


19 May 2012


Here we have a short track from the same group as on the commercially released recordings. You'll find it also here.

The other track stems from a line-up which left no official traces - Dudek still in and Pilz already joining - so to say...and the drummer was Mani Meumeier who started to play Free Jazz with Irene Schweizer and founded the 'Krautrock' group Guru Guru the same year.


Manfred Schoof Quintet:

Manfred Schoof, trumpet
Gerd Dudek, tenor saxophone
Alex Schlippenbach, piano
Buschi Niebergall, bass
Jaki Liebezeit, drums

1. radio intro - track (fade out) - radio outro  07:05

Recorded at "Jazz am Rhein", Tanzbrunnen, Köln, Germany on September 16, 1967.

Manfred Schoof Sextet:

Manfred Schoof, trumpet
Michel Pilz, bass clarinet
Gerd Dudek, tenor saxophone
Alex Schlippenbach, piano
Buschi Niebergall, bass
Mani Neumeier, drums

2. unknown track  13:42

Recorded at the "Casino", Montreux, Switzerland on June 15, 1968.

(Thanks to rillenheini for the correct date and location of the Köln recording)

14 May 2012


Finally >  Thank you Inamorata, for your third contribution:

James Newton Trio and Quartet: Binu (Circle Records, 1977)

Here's the third and last installment of The Complete James Newton on Circle Records.

James Newton Trio and Quartet: Binu
Circle Records RK 21877/11

James Newton, flute & ceramic flute
Mark Dresser, bass
Tylon Barea, drums
Allan Iwohara, koto (B2, B3)

A1.  The Change (James Newton)  09:06
A2.  T & E (James Newton)  05:23
A3.  Pinkie Below (James Newton)  07:28
B1.  Red Car (Butch Morris)  07:12
B2.  Past Spirits (James Newton)  06:18
B3.  Shakuhachi (James Newton)  07:33

Recorded August 21, 1977 at Studio Z, Los Angeles, by Bruce Bidlack
Produced by Rudolf Kreis

This studio date must be one of Mark Dresser's earliest recordings. It also is the first officially issued encounter between Newton and koto player Allan Iwohara who also figures on Newton's fine "Water Mystery" from 1985. A later (?) video of James Newton performing with Allan Iwohara ist at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjVgwOpXxgg.
Again, the LP transfer was de-rumbled and de-clicked but otherwise left unchanged.

Discography of James Newton's recordings on Circle Records (all timings are mine, don't trust those given on the LPs):

1977/01/16   James Newton & David Murray
    James Newton, flute
    David Murray, alto & tenor sax
The Smudge Pot, Claremont, CA (live)

1.  Monk's Notice (James Newton)  13:41        Solomon's Sons, RK 16177/5
2.  The Dean (James Newton) 6:19  (DM out)    Solomon's Sons, RK 16177/5
3.  Theme for the Kidd (David Murray)  8:59    Solomon's Sons, RK 16177/5
4.  3D Family (David Murray)  7:14  (JN out)    Solomon's Sons, RK 16177/5
5.  Solomon's Sons (James Newton)  8:07        Solomon's Sons, RK 16177/5
6. Woman (Bobby Bradford)  6:03  (DM out)    Flutes!, RK 7677/7

Notes: Recorded by Bruce Bidlack. The playing order of the tracks is unclear. Timings include announcements and applause.


1977/05/21  James Newton solo
    James Newton, flute
Studio A, KPFK Pacifica Radio Los Angeles, Cahuenga Blvd., N. Hollywood, CA

1.  The Dean (James Newton)  7:35        Flutes!, RK 7677/7
2.  Choir (James Newton)  4:26            Flutes!, RK 7677/7


1977/08/21  James Newton Trio and Quartet
    James Newton, flute & ceramic flute
    Mark Dresser, bass
    Tylon Barea, drums
    Allan Iwohara, koto (5, 6)
Studio Z, Los Angeles

1.  The Change (James Newton)  8:38         Binu, RK 21877/11
2.  T & E (James Newton)  6:22            Binu, RK 21877/11
3.  Pinkie Below (James Newton)  7:28        Binu, RK 21877/11
4.  Red Car (Butch Morris)  7:07        Binu, RK 21877/11
5.  Past Spirits (James Newton)  6:31        Binu, RK 21877/11
6.  Shakuhachi (James Newton)     7:34        Binu, RK 21877/11

Note: Recorded by Bruce Bidlack.


9 May 2012



Paul Rogers, bass
Francine Luce, vocals

1. "unknown title"    17:11
2. "unknown title"    16:36

Recorded: October 5, 1989 at the Black Cat Club, London, UK.

Andy > Yep! Thank you.

8 May 2012


This is the first performance of what came to be known as the Globe Unity Orchestra and one piece which was recorded at Donaueschingen (the other title "Globe Unity 67" was released by Atavistic as Globe Unity 67 and 70 (Atavistic Unheard Music Series UMS/ALP 223CD).
Two other groups played at this occaison:  Irène Schweizer's Jazz Meets India group and the Archie Shepp Quintet ("Live at the Donaueschingen Music Festival", MPS).

(Attention! The text-file in the download is not correct!! - You may copy the text below and save it!)


Manfred Schoof, trumpet, cornet
Claude Deron, trumpet
Horst Gmeinwieser, trombone
Willi Lietzmann, tuba
Willem Breuker, soprano & tenor saxophone
Peter Brötzmann, alto saxophone
Gerd Dudek, tenor saxophone
Kris Wanders, baritone saxophone
Gunter Hampel, flute, bass clarinet
Alexander Von Schlippenbach, piano, conductor
J.B. "Buschi" Niebergall, bass, trombone
Peter Kowald, bass
Mani Neumaier, drums
Jaki Liebezeit, drums

1. Globe Unity (A. von Schlippenbach)     19:12

Recorded on 3rd November, 1966 at Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany.

For a short time available as side A of an LP (October 2014) released by The Berliner Festspiele, now OOP.
Here is the data of the vinyl.

Manfred Schoof , cornet, high D trumpet [trumpet, cornet]
Claude Deron, trumpet
Jürg Grau, trumpet
Oliver "Jiggs" Whigham, trombone
Albert Mangelsdorff, trombone
Willi Lietzmann, tuba
Heinz Sauer, tenor & soprano saxophone
Peter Brötzmann, alto saxophone  [& baritone saxophone]
Gerd Dudek, tenor & soprano saxophone, clarinet [tenor saxophone]
Kris Wanders, alto saxophone, bass clarinet [baritone saxophone]
Willem Breuker, baritone saxophone, clarinet [clarinet & bass clarinet]
Gunter Hampel, flute & bass clarinet
Karlhanns Berger, vibraphone
Alexander Von Schlippenbach, piano, bells, gongs, tam-tam
J.B. "Buschi" Niebergall, bass
Peter Kowald, bass
Jaki Liebezeit, drums, tympani
Mani Neumaier, drums
Sven-Åke Johansson, drums

2. Main Lines (A. von Schlippenbach)    24:48

Recorded on 21st October, 1967 at Stadthalle, Donaueschingen, Germany.

Note 1: The instrumentation for "Main Lines" is taken from the Atatvistic CD - the instruments given in [...] were given in the text-file from the cd-r which I got through tradeing. My appreciation goes to G. - thank you for pointing out the discrepancy!
Note 2 : I have posted this recordings in the old comment section in November 2010 but it went nearly unrecognised if one counts the number of downloads...Enjoy.

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 . .)


5 May 2012

Gunter Hampel Quintet - Heartplants

In any discussion of what marks the starting point of European free jazz, this record might be high up on the list. We have posted Francois Tusques' "Free Jazz" in the past which was out in 1965 in France, certainly a turning point in the evolution of French jazz. This combo is German, however, and these are studio recordings from 1964, originally out on the Saba label, but here from a 70s reissue on Crystal Jazz.

Whether this is "free" jazz as commonly understood, is debatable imho, most of it is fairly melodic, though there are instances of unbound collective improvisation on the Schlippenbach-penned "Iron Perceptions". Nonetheless, in the detailed liner notes inside the gatefold sleeve, there are careful annotations about each track in which the individual musicians explain the structure and purpose of each piece. One epithet that might fit, to the extent that these terms carry any determinate meaning, is "structural" jazz and the pieces here certainly are well organised and thought out.

Joachim E. Berendt, the producer, makes a somewht overstated point about the Europeanness of this music, linking it to the cognitive heritage of the European tradition, which might have made sense at the time of writng, though not from the vantage point of 45 plus years on. Hampel was very much inclined to collaborate with kindred spirits on the other side of the pond, which we have documented in the past and will do again. Of course, we'll have more on the formative years of European free jazz, but one thing at a time, eh?

 Basic facts:
 Gunter Hampel - Heartplants Crystal Jazz 066 CRY 45 306 (1979)

 A1 Heartplants (Alexander von Schlippenbach)
A2 No Arrows (Buschi Niebergall)
A3 Iron Perceptions (Alexander von Schlippenbach)
B1 Our Chant (Manfred Schoof)
B2 Without Me (Gunter Hampel)

Gunter Hampel - Vibraphone [Vibes], Flute, Leader
Manfred Schoof - Trumpet
Alexander von Schlippenbach - Piano
Buschi Niebergall - Bass
Pierre Courbois - Drums

Producer – Joachim E. Berendt
Engineer – Rolf Donner
Recorded By [Recording Director] – H.G. Brunner-Schwer, W. Fruth

Recorded at Saba-Studio, Villingen, Germany on January 30, 1965. Originally released in 1965 as SABA SB 15026.

This was another second-hand find and as far as I know, not generally avaailable anymore, except, possibly, from other second-hand sources. Enjoy (as always) and revitalise the past! We'll certainly lend a helping hand!

1 May 2012


This group made their sole LP for FMP ("Ach Was" - FMP 0870) less than three month before this concert in Peitz.


Radu Malfatti, trombone
Ulrich Gumpert, piano
Tony Oxley, drums, percussion, violin

1. Unknown Title/Improvisation     35:11
2. Unknown Title/Improvisation     11:22

Recorded at Kino (Cinema), Peitz, DDR (former East-German Republic) on 20th June, 1981.