Focus on German MPS artists (Part 2) - Albert Mangelsdorff, Zipflo Reinhardt

This March we have got a focus on German MPS artists. Check them out:

Albert Mangelsdorff Quintett - Birds Of Underground
German trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff was a major innovator who has had an influence on jazz instrumentalists worldwide. His use of multiphonics, which utilizes vocalizing into the horn to produce chords and overtone effects, was ground-breaking.This 1973 album presented his newest group, with German saxophone great Heinz Sauer the one remaining member from Albert's legendary 1960's quartet. Saxophonist Gerd Dudek, lauded for his play with the likes of Manfred Schoof, Lester Bowie, and Joachim Kuhn, joins the front line. Buschi Niedergall was one of the most sought-after bassists on the avant-garde scene, and drummer Peter Giger is known best for his renowned group Family of Percussion. The exclusion of a chordal instrument allowed for a more open, exploratory approach.

Albert Mangelsdorff - Tromboneliness
Albert Mangelsdorff stands alongside the likes of Jack Teagarten and J. J. Johnson in the pantheon of trombone greats. Recorded in 1976, this album affords the listener the opportunity to hear Albert solo in all his wondrous multiphonic diversity. It starts with the down-home singing harmonies on Do Your Own Thing. Trombonliness and Brief Inventions are essentially pieces improvised on the spot – 'spontaneous compositions'. Duke Ellington's Creole Love Call is the only non-Mangelsdorff piece, "part of my feeling for the tradition of jazz. Ellington is very important to me". Bonn "is a theme I thought of one day while strolling through the streets after a concert." Questions to Come explores the trombone's harmonics in more of a balladic form, whereas Mark Suetterlyn's Boogie features Albert's solo sped up to sound like a trumpet and dubbed over his trombone background, and Für Peter was dedicated to bassist Peter Trunk. Not only is this album a display of astounding invention and technique; it swings. Albert emphasized that, "to me, jazz is a rhythmic music – if you want to keep your playing exciting."

Zipflo Reinhardt - Light Of The Future
A relative of the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt, violinist Zipflo Reinhardt assimilates the deep gypsy jazz tradition. Counting his main influences as Stéphane Grappelli and Jean-Luc Ponty he was also inspired by the music of John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock. Zipflo first appeared on MPS's impressive Gypsy Violin Summit. In 1980 MPS invited him to record the present album. The two keyboards, guitar, electric bass, and drums are perfect compliments to Reinhardt, but make no mistake, this is Zipflo's show. Composed and arranged by Zipflo, the music emanates a fusion feel with an unusual flare.

MPS Records
New Digital Releases
Digital Mastered for iTunes
Distribution: Edel:Kultur/ Kontor New Media

- Mastered for iTunes
- 24-bit-Transfer from original master tapes
- produced by Dirk Sommer

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