Modern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe / Four Men Only - Complete Recordings

Featuring:

Musicians on the recording

Herbert Joos - flugelhorn, mellophone, piston, percussion
Wilfried Eichhorn - tenor & soprano saxophone, flute
Helmuth Zimmer - piano
Klaus Bühler - double bass
Rudi Theilmann - drums

Release date - 20th July, 2020

Recording track list

DISC ONE

MODERN JAZZ QUINTET KARLSRUHE 

1. Trees 8:33
2. Schnee Verbrennt  3:01
3. Lonely Time 12:35
4. The Devil Is Green, Blue, Yellow  9:23
5. Change Of Beauty 11:13
6. Unreleased 1 14:07

Track 1-5

Recording date: May 10, 1968

Track 6

Recorded at a concert in Hannover, Funkhaus Hannover, Grosser Sendesaal on October 30, 1971 during the Jazztage '71

Tracks 1-5 originally released on a single LP “Trees” 

 

Herbert Joos - flugelhorn, mellophone, piston, percussion
Wilfried Eichhorn - tenor & soprano saxophone, flute
Helmuth Zimmer - piano
Klaus Bühler - double bass
Rudi Theilmann - drums

 

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DISC TWO

MODERN JAZZ QUINTET KARLSRUHE 

1. Position 2000 12:15
2. Where Love Forever Shines  4:55
3. The Sun Is Coming Over  18:45
4. Unreleased 2 6:15

Track 1-3

Recording date: April 24, 1970

Track 4

Recorded at a concert in Hannover, Funkhaus Hannover, Grosser Sendesaal on October 30, 1971 during the Jazztage '71

Tracks 1-3 originally released on a single LP “Position 2000” 

 

Herbert Joos - flugelhorn, mellophone, Indian flute, percussion
Wilfried Eichhorn - tenor & soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, flute, percussion
Helmuth Zimmer - piano, percussion
Klaus Bühler - double bass, percussion
Rudi Theilmann - drums, percussion

 

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DISC THREE

FOUR MEN ONLY 

1. Viridiana / Ich Und Meine Brüder / Compulsion   17:17
2. Count Down / Excess 16:59

 FOUR MEN ONLY + 1

3. Departure / Plastic Happines / Beautiful Darkness / Space Wall   18:10
4. Dead Season / The Beauty Without A Face / Lucifer Is Marching In / Return?   20:17

 

Track 1-2

Recording date: May 6, 1972

Originally released on a single LP “Volume One” 

 

Herbert Joos - flugelhorn, percussion
Wilfried Eichhorn - tenor & soprano saxophone, bass clarinet
Helmuth Zimmer - piano, percussion
Rudi Theilmann - drums, percussion

 

Track 3-4

Recording date: December 26 - 29, 1973

Originally released on a single LP “Eight Scient Fiction Stories” 

 

Herbert Joos - flugelhorn, trumpet, mellophone, percussion
Wolfgang Czelusta - trombone
Wilfried Eichhorn - bass clarinet, flute, oboe
Helmuth Zimmer - piano
Rudi Theilmann - drums, percussion

 

NoBusiness Records NBCD 129-131
Release year - 2020
Edition of 500 copies

Credits and release info

Reviews and articles

 

Marcus J. Moore - Bandcamp

Jazz trumpeter and flugelhorn player Herbert Joos was one of the most celebrated musicians in Lithuania’s avant-garde scene. From 1968 to 1973, he was a member of the Modern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe and Four Men Only, two free jazz bands with intense, heavy-hitting musicianship. Complete Recordings collects the full work of both units, presenting it in a massive three-hour box set. The music is stunning, all stampeding drums, squealing brass, and dark piano chords. Songs like “Lonely Time,” “The Devil Is Green, Blue, Yellow” and “The Sun Is Coming Over” sound especially gripping, each track shifting and changing form as the arrangements unfold. Then there’s “Position 2000,” the title track of the Karlsruhe quintet’s 1970 album. After the song rumbles for a bit, thanks to Rudi Theilmann’s hypnotic drum roll, the horn section arises with an almost regal tone. Then the remaining players chime in, locking into a turbulent groove teetering on the verge of collapse. Like much of the compilation, the scoring never falters: every song is a thrilling high-wire act with unforeseen twists and turns. All that to say this: Complete Recordings is incredible, and I can’t stop playing it.

Modern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe / Four Men Only - Complete Recordings -

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