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Elsie Bianchi Trio – At Chateau Fleur De Lis (Sonorama)
Friday, September 29th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Kürzlich entdeckte Tonbänder aus dem Nachlass von Elsie Bianchi, aufgenommen 1968 im Chateau Fleur De Lis in Atlanta, Georgia. 6-Page-Digipak-CD und limitierte Vinyl-LP, mit neuen Sleeve Notes und vielen unbekannten Bildern des Trios aus den späten 60er Jahren.

CD SONOC102 / LP SONOL102
Release: 22-09-17
Various – Cool Europa – European Progressive Jazz in Germany 1959-1963 (Sonorama)
Friday, April 28th, 2017 | Tags: ,
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Unique compilation and 100th release in the catalogue of Sonorama Records – great moments from the most prosperous period in the development of European progressive jazz.

CD SONOC100 / 2LP SONOL100
Release: 28-04-17
Sonorama Records celebrates catalogue number 100 with the release of “Cool Europa”
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 | Tags: ,
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Unique compilation and 100th release in the catalogue of Sonorama Records – file under: cool, modern, hard bop, modal! Fourteen previously unknown tracks recorded 1959-63 in West-Germany by some of the best European jazz artists of the time, featuring Barney Wilen, Francy Boland, Rolf Kühn, Joki Freund, Attila Zoller, Fats Sadi, Roland Kovac, Rolf Ericson, […]

The Red Bahnik Trio – Goes To Santander (Sonorama)
Friday, February 12th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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First reissue of a great piano trio album, originally released in 1963 on the private “Soulside” label from Zurich/ Switzerland with only a handful of copies known to exist. Carefully remastered in 2015 for vinyl LP and CD-Digipack, comes with original cover artwork and liner notes.

CD SONOC93 / LP SONOL93
Release: 19-02-16
Susannah McCorkle – Adeus – The Berlin Concert (Sonorama)
Monday, February 23rd, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Exceptional musical legacy of one of America’s greatest yet misunderstood songbirds: jazz singer Susannah McCorkle (1946 – 2001) and quartet live in Berlin 1996, recorded at the pinnacle of her career in front of an enthusiastic audience.

CD SONOC86
Release: 27-02-15
Hans Koller – Minor Meetings 1958 (Sonorama)
Friday, February 21st, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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From collectors’ archives: Rare 1958 recordings of “The Hans Koller New Jazz Stars” at the peak of their art, restored from radio tapes and original EPs. Lost work by one of Europe’s leading tenor saxophonists from the Golden Age of cool and modern jazz.

CD SONOC79 / LP SONOL79
Release: 21-02-14
Toby Fichelscher – Busting The Bongos (Sonorama)
Friday, November 22nd, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Percussive hard bop, Afro-Cuban and modern jazz recordings by Berlin bongo player, singer and beatnik Toby Fichelscher, recorded in 1960 with the quintet of vibraphonist Manfred Burzlaff featuring the young drummer Joe Nay.

CD SONOC78 / LP SONOL78
Release: 22-11-13
Barney Wilen – Moshi Too (Sonorama)
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Another world premiere from the estate of French jazzman Barney Wilen. A deep journey into the world of his unknown tapes from psychedelic Africa. Available as 6-page Digipak CD with booklet and limited double-gatefold LP incl. new sleeve notes and unseen photos.

2CD SONOC72 / 2LP SONOL72
Release: 25-01-13
Intercity Sound Association – Phillysound (Sonorama)
Monday, September 24th, 2012 | Tags: , ,
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Rare German disco-funk album from 1975, produced and arranged by Klaus R. Nagel and Fritz Muenzer. Twelve instrumental tracks for the dancefloor in a Phillysound style.

CD SONOC69 / LP SONOL69
Release: 21-09-12
Greetje Kauffeld – Heaven’s Open (Sonorama)
Monday, January 16th, 2012 | Tags: , ,
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New set of lost tracks by one of the outstanding European jazz singers, recorded between 1969 and 1986. Available as 6-page-digipak CD and limited vinyl LP with unknown photos and new liner notes.

CD SONOC64 / LP SONOL64
Release: 20-01-12
Various – Now’s The Time (Sonorama)
Monday, April 26th, 2010 | Tags: ,
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The compilation “Now’s The Time – Deep German Jazz Grooves 1956 – 1965” consists of rare and exciting modern jazz music by legendary German musicians. Incl. 12-page booklet with extensive liner notes and many unpublished pictures.

CD SONOC48 / LP SONOL48
Release: 23-04-10
Sonorama Records presents “Now’s The Time – Deep German Jazz Grooves 1956 – 1965” …
Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 | Tags: ,
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The compilation “Now’s The Time – Deep German Jazz Grooves 1956 – 1965” is available as Digipak-CD including a 12-page booklet + limited edition vinyl LP with paper insert. Including rare and exciting modern jazz music of legendary German musicians such as Albert and Emil Mangelsdorff, Rolf Kuehn, Inge Brandenburg, Michael Naura, Joki Freund, Horst […]

Wolfgang Sauer – Sweet Und Swing (Sonorama)
Monday, January 25th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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Lost German vocal jazz album from 1959 recorded in glorious stereophonic sound. A surprisingly sensitive, but completely forgotten gem that ranges among the earliest examples of vocal jazz work out of Europe.

CD SONOC46 / LP SONOL46
Release: 22-01-10
Various – Colours Of Funk (Sonorama)
Monday, April 20th, 2009 | Tags: , , , ,
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The “Colours Of Funk” compilation features highlights and rarities from the German Sound Library of Golden Ring and Happy Records, originally recorded between 1974-1979.

CD SONOC40 / LP SONOL40
Release: 17-04-09
Sonorama present an exclusive re-release of Jonny Teupen’s harp jazz album “Love & Harp A La Latin” from 1965 …
Thursday, May 29th, 2008 | Tags: ,
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Soul/Jazz/Funk

SONORAMA\’s EKKI FLEISCHHAMMER on soulsender.de …
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Soul/Jazz/Funk

Re-release of MEMPHIS BLACK’s rare soulful album “Soul Club” on Sonorama …
Monday, January 23rd, 2006 | Posted in News | Comments Off on Re-release of MEMPHIS BLACK’s rare soulful album “Soul Club” on Sonorama …

Soul/Jazz/Funk

Sonorama Records comes up with “PUPPET JAZZ” the first volume in a series of funky library compilations …
Thursday, March 17th, 2005 | Posted in News | Comments Off on Sonorama Records comes up with “PUPPET JAZZ” the first volume in a series of funky library compilations …

Soul/Jazz/Funk

Großartiger Modern Jazz aus dem Nachlass des Komponisten, Arrangeurs und Baritonsaxophonisten Helmut Brandt
Monday, June 5th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Großartiger Modern Jazz aus dem Nachlass des Komponisten, Arrangeurs und Baritonsaxophonisten Helmut Brandt, aufgenommen im März 1963 im Haus des Rundfunks in West-Berlin – mit Benny Bailey, Herb Geller, Nat Peck und Ack van Rooyen. Einmaliges Konzert mit unbekanntem Brandt-Repertoire, gespielt von elf Solisten der Berliner RIAS- und SFB-Rundfunkorchester, darunter “Boogie Waltz”, “Opus C-Moll 794” […]

Various – Cool Europa
Friday, March 17th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Cool Europa

Image: 1609203 Exklusive Zusammenstellung und zugleich die 100ste Katalognummer von Sonorama Records: Vierzehn unbekannte Tracks, aufgenommen 1959-63 in Westdeutschland von einigen der besten europäischen Jazzmusiker jener Zeit, darunter Barney Wilen, Francy Boland, Rolf Kühn, Joki Freund, Attila Zoller, Fats Sadi, Roland Kovac, Rolf Ericson, Michael Naura und unzähligen anderen. Alle Aufnahmen ausgewählt aus Sammlerarchiven und sorgfältig gemastert für 2LP-Gatefold-Vinyl und Longplay-Digipak-CD, mit neuen Sleeve Notes sowie Künstlerfotos von Susanne Schapowalow und Hans Harzheim. Große Momente aus der wirklich prosperierenden Phase des europäischen Progressive Jazz. Available from 28.04.2017

Various – Cool Europa (2LP/Gatefold)
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Image: 1609207 Exklusive Zusammenstellung und 100. Katalognummer von Sonorama Records – Vierzehn unbekannte Tracks, aufgenommen 1959-63 in Westdeutschland von einigen der besten europäischen Jazzmusiker jener Zeit, mit Barney Wilen, Francy Boland, Rolf Kühn, Joki Freund, Attila Zoller, Fats Sadi, Roland Kovac, Rolf Ericson, Michael Naura und unzähligen anderen. Alle Aufnahmen ausgewählt aus Sammlerarchiven und sorgfältig gemastert für 2LP-Gatefold-Vinyl und Longplay-Digipack-CD, mit neuen Sleeve Notes sowie Künstlerfotos von Susanne Schapowalow und Hans Harzheim. Große Momente aus der wirklich prosperierenden Phase des europäischen Progressive Jazz. Available from 28.04.2017

Friedrich Gulda Orchestra
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Today it is well known that Austrian pianist and composer Friedrich Gulda was at home in two different worlds: classical music and jazz. He once mentioned “There are so many great musicians alive, but none of them was able to tear down the border that was created by the music industry, which is the border […]

New album of previously unreleased music from Austrian genius Friedrich Gulda and orchestra
Monday, November 28th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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New album of previously unreleased music recorded 1962 at Auditorium Maximum/ Freie Universität in Berlin. Austrian genius Friedrich Gulda on piano and baritone saxophone, leading a 13-piece, top-shelf lineup of players featuring Benny Bailey, Erich Kleinschuster, Georg Riedel, Fatty George, Arne Domnérus and Ack van Rooyen. Sparkling modern jazz in front of an excited audience, […]

‘Big Deal! (Weinberger Funk Library UK 1975-79)’ – a killer compilation full of highlights from the music archives of Josef Weinberger Ltd.
Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 | Tags: ,
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Killer funk compilation full of highlights from the music archives of Josef Weinberger Ltd. in London, pulled from the most famous library albums on labels like JW (Josef Weinberger/ Theme Music), IA (Impress) or PM (Programme Music). First selection of 16 lost tracks by Toni Campo, Midas Touch, Trevor Bastow, Sidney Dale or Vick Flick, […]

Newly discovered sessions by great saxophone player Lucky Thompson
Monday, June 6th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Newly discovered sessions released here for the first time: Ten recordings by one of the greatest saxophonists of his generation, American jazz master Lucky “Eli” Thompson with the Michael Naura Trio, Quintet and guests in Hamburg 1959 and 1960. Small and larger group improvisations with the melodic sound of Lucky on tenor and soprano sax, […]

Previously unknown modern jazz tracks by the legendary Swedish baritone saxophonist Lars Gullin
Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Previously unknown modern jazz tracks by the legendary Swedish baritone saxophonist, recorded 1959-63 in Europe, featuring icons like Sahib Shihab, Dexter Gordon, Flavio Ambrosetti, Rolf Billberg, Nils Lindberg and others. “I was very impressed by Lars. He had a very melodic and liquid way of moving through the changes” (Chet Baker). Carefully mastered recordings from […]

The Red Bahnik Trio goes to Santander
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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First reissue of a great piano trio album, originally released in 1963 on the private “Soulside” label from Zurich/ Switzerland with only a handful of copies known to exist. First and last recordings of unknown jazz pianist Red Bahnik, with John Treichler on bass and a young Mani Neumeier on drums, including unique versions of […]

Mitarbeiter-Charts 2015
Friday, December 18th, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Das Jahr 2015 neigt sich dem Ende entgegen. Aus diesem Grund haben wir wieder einige der Mitarbeiter von Groove Attack, Rough Trade Distribution und GoodToGo befragt, was ihre ganz persönlichen Highlights aus Musik & Film der vergangenen zwölf Monate waren. Nachfolgend sind ihre Antworten aufgelistet. Gleichzeitig möchten wir die Gelegenheit nutzen und uns bei allen […]

Oscar Pettiford & Friends live in Hamburg 1958
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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The great bassist Oscar Pettiford live in Hamburg 1958, second chapter. Fine mélange of modern mainstream, cool jazz and hard bop, with Jimmy Pratt (dr), Hans Koller (ts), Dusko Goykovich (tp), Michel Hausser (vib), Attila Zoller (g), Roger Guerin (tp) and Armin Rusch (p), heard here in a second previously unknown Pettiford session from Germany. […]

Unique modern jazz and hard bop from trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff
Monday, October 19th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Lost jazz files: Recently discovered treasures from the world renowned “German ambassador of jazz”, trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff from Frankfurt/ Main. Unique modern jazz and hard bop recorded in the late 1950s and early 60s – sadly forgotten or previously unreleased, featuring Joki Freund, Hans Koller, Peter Trunk, Heinz Sauer, Günter Lenz and many more big […]

Oscar Pettiford & Friends – Blues In My Mind (2LP / Gatefold)
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Image: 1600274 The great bassist Oscar Pettiford live in Hamburg 1958, second chapter. Fine mélange of modern mainstream, cool jazz and hard bop, with Jimmy Pratt (dr), Hans Koller (ts), Dusko Goykovich (tp), Michel Hausser (vib), Attila Zoller (g), Roger Guerin (tp) and Armin Rusch (p), heard here in a second previously unknown Pettiford session from Germany. Comes as carefully mastered longplay CD and 2-LP vinyl set (gatefold), including photos of the event by Susanne Schapowalow and new liner notes by Arne Reimer, with Goykovich and Hausser sharing their memories of the time. Certainly Pettiford`s best recorded live performance on the European jazz scene in excellent sound quality!

Recorded December 22, 1958 in Hamburg at Studio 10, produced by Hans Gertberg.

Oscar Pettiford (bass), Jimmy Pratt (drums), Hans Koller (tenor saxophone & clarinet),
Dusko Goykovich (trumpet), Attila Zoller (guitar), Michel Hausser (vibraphone),
Roger Guerin (trumpet), Armin Rusch Piano)

Oscar Pettiford, born September 30th, 1922 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, grew up in a musical family with ten siblings. When he was 14, Duke Ellington heard him play the bass at a jam session and wanted to hire him right on the spot, but it was against the law: Pettiford was too young. Only years later, when Ellington’s regular bass player Jimmy Blanton had died early in 1942 of tuberculosis, Pettiford joined the band in 1945 and stayed for three years. He moved to New York and was jamming at Minton’s Playhouse with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and Max Roach, developing a new style that later came to be called bebop. With his individual style of playing, along with Charles Mingus, Pettiford became the most influential bass player of his decade. He is also known to be the first player who introduced the cello to jazz.

In September 1958 Oscar Pettiford came to Europe for the first time with a show entitled “Jazz From Carnegie Hall”, organized by Harold Davison. The all-star band included J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Zoot Sims, Lee Konitz, Kenny Clarke, Red Garland and Phineas Newborn, touring England, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, France and Germany, where they played in Berlin, Cologne, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Hamburg. Dusko Goykovich, who had left Yugoslavia in 1955, was living in Frankfurt at the time and remembers: “After the show all the musicians came to a jam session down in the Jazz Cellar and that is where I first met Oscar. He was a wonderful guy with a great sense of humor and a deep voice. But Oscar was also very tall and strong. After the session he carried everything by himself, his bass, his amplifier, walking up the stairs from the Jazz Cellar. I was so tired after the session, I could have never done that, but he did it!“

The 1958 tour of “Jazz From Carnegie Hall” was a big success and Pettiford could hardly believe the enthusiasm they received for their music in Europe, so after the tour was completed he decided to stay on the continent and rented an apartment in Baden-Baden. In the meantime, producer Hans Gertberg of Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Hamburg had started to pay attention to the talented bass player and invited Pettiford and his quartet for a concert (the so-called Jazz Workshop) on November 14th, where he played with Hans Koller, Attila Zoller, Kenny Clarke and some guests in Studio 10 (already released in June 2015 on CD and LP: “We Get The Message”, Sonorama-90). The concert was so well received so that Gertberg invited Pettiford again the next month for Jazz Workshop No. 3, playing on December 22nd, but with a slightly different group. One guest soloist at the gig was Dusko Goykovich: “Hans Gertberg had asked me to join Oscar’s group. We had three days of rehearsal, but with such professional players, one day only would have been fine too. Oscar was not only a great player but also a wonderful composer. I was very proud to play with him. For me, he was one of the best bass players I had ever worked with!”

That December evening, Pettiford’s group played compositions that were a fine mélange of modern mainstream and cool jazz but also hard bop, featuring the composition “Moanin’”, written by Bobby Timmons for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In the song “H. E. C. Blues”, Pettiford briefly plays the melody of Jingle Bells in his solo, since it was christmastime. The day after the concert, the newspaper “Hamburger Abendblatt” wrote in a review: “Michel Hausser from Paris showed his proficiency on the vibraphone, and the basic group members Koller, Zoller and Pettiford really got along very well musically with the new rhythm section, including Jimmy Pratt on drums and Armin Rusch on piano.“

The concert is now issued here for the first time, as are the four accompanying photographs by Susanne Schapowalow. She was born in the same year as Pettiford and became known as photographer who got very close to her subject matter. Schapowalow didn’t shoot too many pictures of musicians on the stage, instead being more interested what happened in the backstage area and in other private settings. Supported by Hans Gertberg, she gained access to take pictures during the rehearsals at the Jazz Workshops in Hamburg, and this is where she met Pettiford. The two hit it off quite well, and Schapowalow took him to experience the Christmas market at Heiligengeistfeld, where he had fun riding a motor scooter with her daughter, Natascha. Schapowalow was also allowed to take a few pictures in Pettiford’s hotel room, where he was sitting, smoking and transcribing music.

Michel Hausser, whose composition “Blues In My Mind”, “Rue Dauphine” and “H.E.C. Blues” were featured in the concert, remembers that the last rehearsal was always recorded, and then during the concert, they would let that recording run parallel but silent to the live concert, so that in case something unexpected would happen, they could switch to the tape. “But that concert night, they didn’t do that, even if there was a wired moment: Oscar also played his cello for some tunes and he had a small amplifier with it. But then the amplifier broke and he angrily kicked it off with his feet and switched back to his regular bass.“

Once the Hamburg concert was over, Pettiford and Koller were in a rush because they had a concert in Vienna coming up the following day. Dusko Goykovich remembers: “A few hours later, they had this terrible car accident. Obviously, I was happy that I had been dropped earlier”, Pettiford had bit his tongue through and had to stay longer in a Vienna hospital than Koller. After recovering somewhat, however, he soon started playing again, and in January 1959 he recorded with Hans Koller in Vienna, who said about Pettiford: “It was Oscar who made me understand what it means when American musicians keep saying: ‘When you play your instrument, you’re telling a story’”. Pettiford continued traveling, playing concerts in Paris, Cologne, San Remo, Berlin, Stuttgart, Essen and Baden-Baden, always with his idea in mind “to pass on the message.”

In summer 1959, Pettiford moved to Copenhagen, where he played at Café Montmartre with Stan Getz, Don Byas and Jan Johansson. In February 1960, his wife Jacqueline gave birth to twin girls, that they named Celeste and Cellina. His last album “My little Cello” was dedicated to his son, whose name was Cello. He played his last concert September 4th at the opening of an art exhibition in Copenhagen and shortly after fell into a coma. He passed on September 8th, 1960, aged only 37, succumbing to a virus closely related to polio, and perhaps the lingering effects of the car accident.

Arne Reimer (excerpt from sleeve notes for “Blues In My Mind”)
Available from 27.11.2015

Oscar Pettiford & Friends – Blues In My Mind (2LP / Gatefold)
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Image: 1600274 The great bassist Oscar Pettiford live in Hamburg 1958, second chapter. Fine mélange of modern mainstream, cool jazz and hard bop, with Jimmy Pratt (dr), Hans Koller (ts), Dusko Goykovich (tp), Michel Hausser (vib), Attila Zoller (g), Roger Guerin (tp) and Armin Rusch (p), heard here in a second previously unknown Pettiford session from Germany. Comes as carefully mastered longplay CD and 2-LP vinyl set (gatefold), including photos of the event by Susanne Schapowalow and new liner notes by Arne Reimer, with Goykovich and Hausser sharing their memories of the time. Certainly Pettiford`s best recorded live performance on the European jazz scene in excellent sound quality!

Recorded December 22, 1958 in Hamburg at Studio 10, produced by Hans Gertberg.

Oscar Pettiford (bass), Jimmy Pratt (drums), Hans Koller (tenor saxophone & clarinet),
Dusko Goykovich (trumpet), Attila Zoller (guitar), Michel Hausser (vibraphone),
Roger Guerin (trumpet), Armin Rusch Piano)

Oscar Pettiford, born September 30th, 1922 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, grew up in a musical family with ten siblings. When he was 14, Duke Ellington heard him play the bass at a jam session and wanted to hire him right on the spot, but it was against the law: Pettiford was too young. Only years later, when Ellington’s regular bass player Jimmy Blanton had died early in 1942 of tuberculosis, Pettiford joined the band in 1945 and stayed for three years. He moved to New York and was jamming at Minton’s Playhouse with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and Max Roach, developing a new style that later came to be called bebop. With his individual style of playing, along with Charles Mingus, Pettiford became the most influential bass player of his decade. He is also known to be the first player who introduced the cello to jazz.

In September 1958 Oscar Pettiford came to Europe for the first time with a show entitled “Jazz From Carnegie Hall”, organized by Harold Davison. The all-star band included J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Zoot Sims, Lee Konitz, Kenny Clarke, Red Garland and Phineas Newborn, touring England, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, France and Germany, where they played in Berlin, Cologne, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Hamburg. Dusko Goykovich, who had left Yugoslavia in 1955, was living in Frankfurt at the time and remembers: “After the show all the musicians came to a jam session down in the Jazz Cellar and that is where I first met Oscar. He was a wonderful guy with a great sense of humor and a deep voice. But Oscar was also very tall and strong. After the session he carried everything by himself, his bass, his amplifier, walking up the stairs from the Jazz Cellar. I was so tired after the session, I could have never done that, but he did it!“

The 1958 tour of “Jazz From Carnegie Hall” was a big success and Pettiford could hardly believe the enthusiasm they received for their music in Europe, so after the tour was completed he decided to stay on the continent and rented an apartment in Baden-Baden. In the meantime, producer Hans Gertberg of Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Hamburg had started to pay attention to the talented bass player and invited Pettiford and his quartet for a concert (the so-called Jazz Workshop) on November 14th, where he played with Hans Koller, Attila Zoller, Kenny Clarke and some guests in Studio 10 (already released in June 2015 on CD and LP: “We Get The Message”, Sonorama-90). The concert was so well received so that Gertberg invited Pettiford again the next month for Jazz Workshop No. 3, playing on December 22nd, but with a slightly different group. One guest soloist at the gig was Dusko Goykovich: “Hans Gertberg had asked me to join Oscar’s group. We had three days of rehearsal, but with such professional players, one day only would have been fine too. Oscar was not only a great player but also a wonderful composer. I was very proud to play with him. For me, he was one of the best bass players I had ever worked with!”

That December evening, Pettiford’s group played compositions that were a fine mélange of modern mainstream and cool jazz but also hard bop, featuring the composition “Moanin’”, written by Bobby Timmons for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In the song “H. E. C. Blues”, Pettiford briefly plays the melody of Jingle Bells in his solo, since it was christmastime. The day after the concert, the newspaper “Hamburger Abendblatt” wrote in a review: “Michel Hausser from Paris showed his proficiency on the vibraphone, and the basic group members Koller, Zoller and Pettiford really got along very well musically with the new rhythm section, including Jimmy Pratt on drums and Armin Rusch on piano.“

The concert is now issued here for the first time, as are the four accompanying photographs by Susanne Schapowalow. She was born in the same year as Pettiford and became known as photographer who got very close to her subject matter. Schapowalow didn’t shoot too many pictures of musicians on the stage, instead being more interested what happened in the backstage area and in other private settings. Supported by Hans Gertberg, she gained access to take pictures during the rehearsals at the Jazz Workshops in Hamburg, and this is where she met Pettiford. The two hit it off quite well, and Schapowalow took him to experience the Christmas market at Heiligengeistfeld, where he had fun riding a motor scooter with her daughter, Natascha. Schapowalow was also allowed to take a few pictures in Pettiford’s hotel room, where he was sitting, smoking and transcribing music.

Michel Hausser, whose composition “Blues In My Mind”, “Rue Dauphine” and “H.E.C. Blues” were featured in the concert, remembers that the last rehearsal was always recorded, and then during the concert, they would let that recording run parallel but silent to the live concert, so that in case something unexpected would happen, they could switch to the tape. “But that concert night, they didn’t do that, even if there was a wired moment: Oscar also played his cello for some tunes and he had a small amplifier with it. But then the amplifier broke and he angrily kicked it off with his feet and switched back to his regular bass.“

Once the Hamburg concert was over, Pettiford and Koller were in a rush because they had a concert in Vienna coming up the following day. Dusko Goykovich remembers: “A few hours later, they had this terrible car accident. Obviously, I was happy that I had been dropped earlier”, Pettiford had bit his tongue through and had to stay longer in a Vienna hospital than Koller. After recovering somewhat, however, he soon started playing again, and in January 1959 he recorded with Hans Koller in Vienna, who said about Pettiford: “It was Oscar who made me understand what it means when American musicians keep saying: ‘When you play your instrument, you’re telling a story’”. Pettiford continued traveling, playing concerts in Paris, Cologne, San Remo, Berlin, Stuttgart, Essen and Baden-Baden, always with his idea in mind “to pass on the message.”

In summer 1959, Pettiford moved to Copenhagen, where he played at Café Montmartre with Stan Getz, Don Byas and Jan Johansson. In February 1960, his wife Jacqueline gave birth to twin girls, that they named Celeste and Cellina. His last album “My little Cello” was dedicated to his son, whose name was Cello. He played his last concert September 4th at the opening of an art exhibition in Copenhagen and shortly after fell into a coma. He passed on September 8th, 1960, aged only 37, succumbing to a virus closely related to polio, and perhaps the lingering effects of the car accident.

Arne Reimer (excerpt from sleeve notes for “Blues In My Mind”)
Available from 20.11.2015

Brew Moore: His music is just pure and loving and a joy to hear
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The music presented on this album for the first time was recorded in the year when West Coast tenorist Brew Moore immigrated to Europe. He arrived in Paris and played with renowned drummer Kenny Clarke at “The Blue Note” jazz club, later at “Nalen” in Stockholm and for Danish TV with Scandinavian cats Lars Bagge, […]

Newly unearthed live recordings of jazz bass and cello legend Oscar Pettiford and his quartet
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Newly unearthed live recordings of jazz bass and cello legend Oscar Pettiford and his quartet from Hamburg in 1958, featuring the great Kenny Clarke (dr), Hans Koller (ts), Attila Zoller (g) & guests in front of an excited audience. Eight tracks full of bluesy modern jazz, with a gloomy version of Friedrich Gulda’s “Dark Glow” […]

Greetje Kauffeld – Young Girl Sunday Jazz
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Image: 1596488 New compilation showcasing some great early works by the outstanding Dutch jazz singer, including 16 lost songs from the 1960s – short, soulful and to the point. Contains incredibly tight versions of „Fever“, „Love For Sale“, „Handful Of Soul“, „You And I ( Você E Eu)“ or „Almost Like Being In Love“, with the deep tenderness of Greetje Kauffeld and renowned jazz masters such as Rolf Kühn, Tony Vos, Ingfried Hoffmann, Cees Slinger and Wolfgang Schlüter. Carefully remastered in 2015 for Vinyl-LP and 6-Panel-Digipack CD, including many previously unknown finds from the artists` private collection.

This new compilation “Young Girl Sunday Jazz” makes Greetje Kauffeld`s lost jazz songs from the 1960s available on CD and vinyl LP. Mainly included are recordings from the private vaults of the singer or from musicians` and collectors` archives, with music performed between 1960 and 1969 at concerts, in the studio or at sessions for radio and tv. Greetje in top form, accompanied by some of the most excellent Dutch and German jazz musicians! Moreover, all four tracks of her first and only jazz EP from 1960, entitled “Makin` Whoopee”, are reissued here for the first time.

The 16 remastered songs fill a major gap in her discography. Not even one jazz record by Greetje Kauffeld was released during the course of the 60s, although she regularly performed on stage as a truly gifted jazz singer. Her story of a recorded but never released Bossa Nova album, produced 1967 with Oscar Castro Neves in Los Angeles, and its corresponding master tape that somehow landed in the trash bin, fits well into the picture: Until today, she remains one of the great European jazz voices of the 1960s, but without accompanying releases from that period.

Already as a little girl Greetje sang while listening to jazz recordings on the radio or on records. She gained a broad knowledge of the song repertoire, by listening only and without the need to memorize the English lyrics. Greetje had music in her heart and knew exactly: “I want to be a singer”. In the school band “The Raindrops” she had her first practical experience. Then in 1957 the artist began to work in a professional environment. The German magazine “Jazz Podium” reported: “The 17-year-old Greetje Kauffeld is the new singer of the Dutch big band The Skymasters. Greetje made her debut in Cologne, where her predecessor Annie Plevier found a new home. Annie has left the Skymasters because she got married in Cologne”.

This is something of a leap in the dark for the young and self-confident lady from Rotterdam, who responded to a newspaper advertisement placed by the popular Radio Orchestra under the direction of Bep Rowold. Greetje made her first appearance as the new vocalist of the band at Guerzenich Cologne, also sang at the Tanzbrunnen and then went on a four-week tour with the musicians through the Ruhr area. A little later her first shellac record with the Skymasters was released on the Dutch Decca label, but “Kindje” appeared to be a naive pop song and a foolish idea by her record company. Her other Dutch pop records of the time largely flew under the radar and commercially failed.

However, in the same year the song “Who Knows Why”, with which the singer won the first prize at the Song Festival in Venice, incorporated an intense jazz feeling. Erwin Lehn sat in the audience and invited the young artist to work with his Big Band of the South German Radio. As late as 1960 a recording of the song was included in her first and only Dutch jazz EP, produced with the quartet of saxophonist Tony Vos. This Decca 7inch record contains three more songs and remains Greetje`s only jazz release from the 60s: “Almost Like Being In Love”, “Makin` Whoopee” and “Orange Coloured Sky”.

A year later she moved to Stuttgart and topped the German charts with Schlager songs for Polydor and Columbia. Her record bosses were happy and helped to establish the pretty girl as a successful German pop singer. Nevertheless, in the background she continued to focus on her jazz career, clearly audible in these recordings with top-notch musicians, both from the Netherlands and Germany. But then, after the beginning of the 70s and a long stay in Los Angeles, Greetje finally left the entertainment industry and decided to devote herself entirely to her passion for jazz, especially to the songs from the Great American Songbook.

From 1974 on, her husband Joop De Roo produced the vocal jazz albums “And Let The Music Play” (arranged by Jerry Van Rooyen and Rob Pronk), “He Was A King Uncrowned” and “Some Other Spring”. Most of the included songs were already re-released on Sonorama Records and have been sold in many countries. During those times, Greetje performed with the who’s who of the European jazz elite and with American stars such as Phil Woods, Stan Getz, Mark Murphy or Herb Geller. In the 1980s and 90s she also released outstanding jazz records as a freelance singer, including the marvelous album “The Real Thing” with Humphrey Campbell.

In addition, Greetje became a singing teacher, first at the conservatories in Hilversum and Zwolle. Later she also worked as a vocal coach for artists like Roger Cicero or Ulita Knaus. Her album “My Shining Hour”, released in 2005 and recorded with the Paul Kuhn Trio featuring Paulo Morello and Kim Barth, was highly praised by critics and audiences alike. These days, she perfoms up to 80 concerts a year, with small and large ensembles between Trio and big band – in small clubs and at major festivals in Germany and Holland, e.g. over twenty times at the famous “North Sea Jazz Festival”. Thank you for the music, Greetje. Your modesty is one of your greatest charms! Available from 26.06.2015

New compilation showcasing some great early works by the outstanding Dutch jazz singer Greetje Kauffeld
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New compilation showcasing some great early works by the outstanding Dutch jazz singer, including 16 lost songs from the 1960s – short, soulful and to the point. Contains incredibly tight versions of “Fever”, “Love For Sale”, “Handful Of Soul”, “You And I ( Voce E Eu)” or “Almost Like Being In Love”, with the deep […]

Previously unreleased studio recordings by jazz legends Lucky Thompson & Barney Wilen
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Previously unreleased studio concert from Hamburg in 1960, featuring four jazz saxophone legends: Lucky Thompson (ss/ ts), Barney Wilen (ss/ ts), Helmut Brandt (bars) and Bent Jaedig (ts), recorded with the quartet of Dr. Roland Kovac (p) in a unique workshop. Excellent blend of Modern, Bebop, Cool and Progressive: Eighty minutes of full ensemble pieces […]

American jazz singer Susannah McCorkle (1946 – 2001) and quartet live in Berlin 1996
Friday, February 13th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Exceptional musical legacy of one of America’s greatest yet misunderstood songbirds: jazz singer Susannah McCorkle (1946 – 2001) and quartet live in Berlin 1996, recorded at the pinnacle of her career in front of an enthusiastic audience. “Susannah McCorkle is in the forefront!” (Tony Bennett, 1986). Some of the finest songs from her repertoire, mastered […]

Mombasa – African Rhythms And Blues
Thursday, October 16th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mombasa – African Rhythms And Blues

Sonorama/Mombasa debut album recorded 1975 in Germany – One of the best recordings in the genre: Pulsating african rhythms with funk bass and heavy brass sounds: Essential and ultra hard to find album with tons of true killer afro funk breaks, origina…

Brazilian-tinged jazz and funk by European guitar legend Pierre Cavalli
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Brazilian-tinged jazz and funk from Switzerland/ Italy 1972-75, recorded by European guitar legend Pierre Cavalli with the ensembles of music masters Angel Pocho Gatti and Bruno Spoerri – all original material, previously unreleased. Library- and Soundtrack-like album full of bossa breakbeat tunes, scat funk, jazz fusion and trippy interludes – with acoustic or spacey electric […]

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