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Albert Mangelsdorff: Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends

Read "Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The afterlife for Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer's storied MPS Records has been tough to track. After Brunner-Schwer sold the rights to Philips in the early '80s, the label changed hands several times--Polydor picked it up and passed it through a subsidiary, Universal Music Group acquired its holdings, Speakers Corner Records took over on the vinyl side of the equation, and then Edel AG finally acquired it in 2014. Now, in an effort to make the most out of this German imprint's ...


Albert Mangelsdorff: Originals, Vol. 1 & 2

Read "Albert Mangelsdorff: Originals, Vol. 1 & 2" reviewed by Andrey Henkin

Albert MangelsdorffOriginals Vol. 1MPS-Universal2008 Albert MangelsdorffOriginals Vol. 2MPS-Universal2008 It is often difficult to present comprehensive career overviews on musicians given most's peripatetic label representation. Legendary German trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff however enjoyed a remarkably fruitful relationship with the MPS label from 1968 to 1982, resulting in over a dozen albums under his sole or co-leadership. ...


Albert Mangelsdorff/Arild Andersen/Pierre Favre: Triplicity

Read "Triplicity" reviewed by Andrey Henkin

A musical innovator's sound is unmistakable. For example, listen to any thick slap by Mingus and you know it's him. From the opening moments of Triplicity, there is no question that the trombone is Albert Mangelsdorff's. Mangelsdorff, Germany's most famous musician, participated in many performances under the auspices of the NordDeutscher Rundfunk (German Radio) either as part of its big band or at its many workshops, opportunities for European musicians and Americans either traveling or living abroad to ...


Albert Mangelsdorff: A Legend at 75

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In the center of Frankfurt, Germany is the stately Old Opera House, Die Alte Oper. Its dignified classical fa'ade houses a remarkably modern interior. The same can be said for trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff, German jazz star who celebrated his 75th Birthday at the Opera House on Sept. 12th, 2003. A resident of Frankfurt for most of his life, it has been said that he is the only musician in Germany that, in Miles-ian fashion, needs only to ...


Albert Mangelsdorff & Reto Weber Percussion Orchestra: Live At Montreux

Read "Live At Montreux" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

German trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff splits notes by overblowing and humming into his mouthpiece while also crossing octaves with relative ease as he is one of the very few trombonists capable of employing this difficult technique known as – multiphonics. With that and his noted brilliance as an improviser, Mangelsdorff tries his hand at working with a small percussion unit under the leadership of Swiss born Reto Weber and his “Percussion Orchestra” Live At Montreux.

The results are somewhat uneven. With ...


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