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

 

Tom Hull - Genuinely Exciting. A-

 

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.

 

Fabricio Vieira - Free Form / Free Jazz

O trompetista germânico Herbert Joos (1940-2019) é o nome de peso desta importante edição. Complete Recordings reúne, em quatro CDs, discos de duas bandas intrinsecamente ligadas ao nome de Joos nas décadas de 60 e 70: o Modern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe, que criou no fim dos anos 60 ao lado de Wilfried Eichhorn (sax, clarinete baixo), Helmuth Zimmer (piano), Klaus Bühler (baixo) e Rudi Theilmann (bateria); e o Four Men Only, um desdobramento do grupo após a saída de Bühler. Este lançamento reúne os dois discos do Modern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe, "Tress" (68) e "Position 2000" (70), e dois do Four Men Only, "Vol. I" (72) e "Eight Science Fiction Stories" (73). O trabalho de ambos os projetos está mais associado a uma seara free jazzística que propriamente ao free impro europeu que atingia seu ápice exatamente na época registrada nos discos. As peças, mesmo em suas linhas mais energy, são construídas, no geral, seguindo um rumo, uma rota na qual não são raros o desenvolvimento de temas, em um processo no qual elementos composicionais perceptíveis dividem espaço com improvisos por vezes bastante ariscos. A música, de um álbum a outro, tem uma forte conexão, o que faz com que a decisão de editá-la toda junta seja bastante acertada também do ponto de vista estético. Com exceção de Joos, um pouco mais conhecido (apesar de bem menos que outros de seus contemporâneos e conterrâneos), os outros músicos aqui presentes deixaram raros registros e dificilmente são lembrados afora esses trabalhos. A edição deste Complete Recordings, em limitadas 500 cópias, é uma excelente notícia para os fãs de free jazz, já que esses títulos estavam fora de catálogo há muito. Infelizmente só veio à luz agora, após a morte de Joos, ocorrida em dezembro passado. 

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