14 August 2014


Already posted in 2011 - here's the  re-up....

A forgotten masterpiece of European Jazz.
'Room 1220' is a tender yet burning duo of Mangelsdorff and Surman. And the mood of 'My Kind Of Beauty' still needs a public location (club or however you want to call it) to be build for ... in general I'm not a big fan of the Hammond organ, but what Eddy Louis is able to deliver ... and please listen to John Surman and Albert Mangelsdorff - they use the clichés - yet they reach a level far above such truisms.

Sadly OOP!

John Surman, baritone saxophone
Albert Mangelsdorff, trombone
Eddy Louis, piano, hammond organ
Nils-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, bass
Daniel Humair, drums

1. Room 1220 (22:05)
2. Triplet Circle (08:33)
3. My Kind Of Beauty (12:50)

Recorded at Iino Hall, Tokyo, August 30, 1970 by Okihiko Sugano.
Produced by Joachim-Ernst Berendt and Shoichi Yui.




onxidlib said...
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Anonymous said...

from the line-up alone i'm more driven towards this one than the other big "all stars" group (what a horrible tag to go with - "ALL-STARS"... sounds very much like from the 30's swing era, brrr). you know the saying, "too many cooks ruin the cake".

your mentioning of the organ grabbed my attention - instead of you i'm a big fan of the instrument. good opportunity to roll the drums for an older compilation i made called "lucky transplant - inner organs outta psychic hut" (well, "... outta liposuction hut" would be even more appropriate...).


Anonymous said...

after listening to it i must say that i found the piano part of louis more interesting than his organ playing - but it's easier to play inside a piano than inside an electric organ (unless you are michel waisvisz...).

onxidlib said...

Off course Eddy Louis is 'only' functional in his organ playing on 'My Kind Of Beauty', maybe this is already a treat in itself - to "step" back in order to assist the music. However I think this track is one for a yet to build club.

... All-Stars - yes brrrr.....
but as long as the music is above average I'll live with it..

who is able to say "I've made no mistakes in my youth" ;)

Anonymous said...

no serious, i love the organ!! larry young with tony williams lifetime is an absolute thrill for me!! same with bernie worrell in funkadelic, booker t. jones with the m.g.'s, art neville with the meters, etc.

not much free music i can think of with the organ, well, sun ra rarely play is.. eddy louis here plays quite a "church" organ on this, in mood i mean - not that hot.

onxidlib said...

My favourite organ playing is Amine Caudine Myers her's (as far as I can recall right now.

Recently: Oto - Decoy & Joe McPhee on Bo'Weavil - quite free yet maybe a bit too long.

BTW - German Allstars (the other recent post)is frankly a découraging moniker but the music is really good - these were the times in Munich - before I was alert enough..

Anonymous said...

maybe you should try my compilation - godard praised especially the track i included by myers... ;)

the review of decoy + mcphee at all that jazz sounds interesting
and it really points to the problem with the organ in a more free context - time to change that, keyboard players!!!

will give the other allstars a try - this here didn't blew me off the chair, to be true.

onxidlib said...

I'll try your compilation tomorrow - bonne nuit

matt w said...

Lucky -- have you heard Jeff Palmer? He's an organist who's recorded a few albums on Soul Note that sometimes get pretty far out. If you're looking for free music on the Hammond, check Island Universe with Arthur Blythe, John Abercrombie, and Rashied Ali, or Opposite Voltage with George Garzone on sax and Richard Poole on drums (I think I actually like this better; it's on a label that I think is Poole's own and might be hard to find). He's also on a Phil Haynes trio album with Paul Smoker (trumpet) that gets pretty far out.

For something Larry Young-style, I like Wayne Peet's "Fully Engulfed."

Anyway, onx, thanks for the post -- I'm a pretty big fan of Louiss as well as Mang and Surman (heard Louiss first on Stan Getz's Dynasty, which includes a Mangelsdorff tune I've always wondered about). Looking forward to hearing this one!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the recommendations, matt, i'm familiar with neither jeff palmer nor wayne peet - things to discover! :)

bventure said...

Well, I'm anything but a fan of the Hammond - Sun Ra tried it a couple of times then sensibly desisted. But many positive comments, and the presence of John Surman, means I'll make an exception this once. Thanks onxidlib for the opportunity to hear this.

Wallofsound said...

My comment seems small: thanks.

kinabalu said...

"not much free music i can think of with the organ"

Well, there's Supersilent who's now up to 10 cds on Rune Grammofon. May not be all that well-known on mainland Europe (for all that know). I did have the chance to see them a couple of months back, for the occasion augmented by Stian Westerhus who's now with Nils Petter Molvær as well as in several other constellations, some quite experimental. Organist Ståle Storløkken has his own combo going under the name of Elephant 9, but that's more in the conventional bag. Perhaps a brief mention of Medeski, Martin and Wood, also on the more accessible part of the spectrum.

Of course, the late 50s Jimmy Smith sides for Blue Notes are priceless. Don't get more in a de groove than that!

bunsen_lamp said...

Albums recorded at the European Jazz Allstars tour in Japan, 1970:

August 18-19, 1970, Osaka
C'est Tout (Far East LP), Jazz Festival 70 (Liberty LP)
John Surman, Karin Krog, Albert Mangelsdorff, Jean-Luc Ponty, Francy Boland, Eddy Louiss, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Daniel Humair

August 27-29, 1970, Tokyo
Our Kind Of Sabi
Eddy Louiss, John Surman, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Daniel Humair

August 29, 1970
Jean-Luc Ponty, Masahiko Sato, Yoshiaki Masuo, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Motohiko Hino

August 30, 1970, Tokyo
Room 1220
John Surman, Albert Mangelsdorff, Eddy Louiss, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Daniel Humair

E-mile said...

well, all said and done (thanks for all your effortless energy in your comments!) - I am a sucker for a(ny) fat Hammond B-3 with those big Leslie boxes attached; so much I already made it to homage volume 8 on my little baby-blog, I still and always get a kick out of classic Jimmy Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, Reuben Wilson, Don Patterson, Akiko Tsuruga, miss Shirley Scott, Billy Larkin, Ron Levy, Sam Lazar, miss Trudy Pitts, Billy Larkin, Brother Jack McDuff, miss Barbara Dennerlein, Charles Kynard, Bill Heid, James Taylor, Jimmy McGriff, miss Rhoda Scott, Tony Monaco, John Patton, Trio Valore etc etc etc.
For a taste of all these (more conventional?!) goodies please visit here: http://e-milesaysongsdothematter.blogspot.com/2011/12/379-how-to-hammond-vol8.html

kinabalu said...

Hi E-mile,

there was nothing implicitly derogatory in saying "conventional". What I meant to say was "mainstream" as opposed to "free". Mainstream does not have to be a bad thing, either. In this case, it isn't.

E-mile said...

kinabalu, none "implicitly derogatory" taken, just had to explain my love for the B-3 a bit more, free outings on the mighty Hammond are also welcomed by me, more mainstream playing often helped me clean the house, exercise with the dog or dance myself silly [:-)
thanks to the comments here I am exploring more Jeff Palmer, which is great stuff btw! thanks y'all

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paul w. said...

hi everybody,

i don't know how i missed this post - maybe because i have this record for years... however i have something to add on the main theme - hammond organ in free jazz. not too many examples - true. but with sun ra - you can find quite a lot of very good recordings (some very far out) starting with 28 cd set on transparency "the complete detroit jazz center residency" with sun ra playing almost exclusively on organ; "universe in blue" is another very good record with sun ra at organ... i can continue with more examples. however i don't know why nobody mentioned a must for me - alice coltrane and her tour de force "transfiguration". plus you should check two or three very interesting fred van hove organ records... i checked jeff palmer, but in my opinion he's not a free player, but much more conventional one. if you are looking for jimmy smith playing a little bit more free - check his "live at salle pleyel" 2 cd set or his albums with oliver nelson orchestra from 1963-65... maybe this comment is a bit late, but what can i do, better late than never.

best regards.

paul w.

glmlr said...

Free music on the organ? Surely the benchmark is still Fred van Hove's "Church Organ" from 1979 (SAJ25).

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-Otto- said...

Missed it when it was originally posted. Thanks for the new and improved re-up, onxidlib!

urso89 said...
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onxidlib said...

urso89 is right!
Checked my (direct!) rip from the Absord CD and it is lossy!!!
So thank you urso89 for your help. Especially as I do not find any more my LP rip...

Ernst Grgo Nebhuth said...

Almost deleted urso89's link....

Here's his comment and link back:

Sadly the rip of the Absord-CD is lossy (128kbps i think).
If someone is interested in a lossless one, probably of the Konnex-CD:

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