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MPS Records: Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Loef & Gert Wilden (Release: October 20th, 2017)

Two more MPS Records will be digital available on Friday, October 20th. About the first one Dizzy Gillespie - 20th And 30th Anniversary (Live in Berlin) - Allmusic stated that, "Joined by a particularly strong big band, the trumpeter is heard at his best on this hard-to-find but essential LP." On the second re-issue Frank Lief & Gert Wilden - Just Fun the title says it all: this soulful album is Just Fun!

Dizzy Gillespie - 20th And 30th Anniversary (Live in Berlin) //1969

One of the pioneering figures of bebop, and a major innovator on his instrument, the extraverted trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie stood out as bop's greatest proselytizer. Dizzy called this "reunion" band "my best band since 1948", the year his big band first toured Europe. No wonder! It's stocked with Gillespie alumni, all major figures in the music Saxophonists Cecil Payne, Sahib Shihab, and James Moody, along with trombonists Ted Kelley, and Curtis Fuller. Add a blistering trumpet section and Dizzie's quintet rhythm section, and you have one hell of a band!

Line-Up:
Paul West (Bass), Candy Finch (Drums), Mike Longo (Piano), Cecil Payne, Chris Woods, James Moody, Paul Jeffery*, Sahib Shihab (Saxophone), Curtis Fuller, Ted Kelly, Tom McIntosh (Trombone), Dizzy Gillespie, Dizzy Reece, Jimmy Owens, Stu Haimer, Victor Paz (Trumpet)

Frank Loef & Gert Wilden - Just Fun //1982

Keyboardist/composer Gert Wilden and saxophonist/composer Frank Loef are better known for their scores for film and TV than their work as jazz musicians. Wilden in particular has become a major cinematic force, having composed music for such films as the Oscar-winning short film "Quiro Ser" and the Oscar-nominated "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days". Here the two are portrayed in the earlier stages of their careers, full of spunk and into the funk. The compositions are by either Wildenor Loef.

Line-Up:
Klaus Sperber (Bass), Yogi Tautz (Drums), Gert Wilden (Electric Piano [Rhodes Piano], Synthesizer [Mini-Moog, Roland Paraphonic String Synthesizer, Prophet 5], Grand Piano [Yamaha], Effects [Handclapping Effects], Voice), Roikey Wydh (Guitar), Frank Loef (Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Flute [Alto Flute], Clarinet, Voice, Bells, Effects [Harmonizer, Mutrone-T'Wah])

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

Release Date: October 20th, 2017
(2 months exclusively on iTunes. Subsequently available on all common download services.)
Mastered for iTunes // 24-bit-Transfer from original master tapes // produced by Dirk Sommer



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