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Manfred Schoof


Manfred Schoof was born in Magdeburg, Germany, and studied music in Kassel and Cologne, where one of his teachers of the big band leader Kurt Edelhagen. Schoof performed on Edelhagen's radio program and toured with Gunter Hampel. In the 1960s he started a free jazz band with Alexander von Schlippenbach and Gerd Dudek which became the basis for Manfred Schoof Orchestra. From 1969 to 1971 he was a member of the George Russell Orchestra. He has also worked with Jasper Van't Hof and the Globe Unity Orchestra. He composed classical music for Berlin Philharmonic. His group has participated in performances of Die Soldaten, an operatic work by the contemporary composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Including Paul Dunmall Plus A Tribute To Peter Brötzmann

Read "New Releases Including Paul Dunmall Plus A Tribute To Peter Brötzmann" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we feature new album releases from Paul Dunmall, Dan Pitt, Patrick Golden with Jim Clouse & Adam Lane, Alex Coke & Carl Michel, Doug McDonald, Altin Sencalar, David Helbock, Jason Kao Hwang, Aki Rissanen, and, Tyshawn Sorey. In addition, we mark the passing of Peter Brötzmann with three selections from his extensive music ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Recent Jazz Releases including a new one from Kenny Barron

Read "Recent Jazz Releases including a new one from Kenny Barron" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Here are reviews of a diverse selection of jazz releases from the past few months. Allegra Levy Songs For You And Me Little Moon Records 2023 Vocalist Allegra Levy has made a children's music album for the most natural of reasons. She became a mother in 2021, ...

Article: Album Review

Matthias Schriefl: Geläut

Read "Geläut" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

La scena della musica improvvisata nell'area germanica, molto prolifica dagli anni Sessanta dello scorso secolo, con musicisti quali Manfred Schoof, Peter Brötzmann, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Günter Sommer, trova oggi in Matthias Schriefl un degno erede, certamente un protagonista la cui personalità è in grado di reggere il confronto con quella gagliarda generazione di creativi.


Live In Bremen

Label: MIG Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: CD1: Neum; Ostinato; Scales; Source; Lonesome defender. CD2: Resonance; For Marianne; Weep and cry; Ludus totalis.


Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Pt. 8: Ustad Zakir Hussain Talks Tabla

Read "A Different Drummer, Pt. 8: Ustad Zakir Hussain Talks Tabla" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Origins of the Tabla The twin hand drum was developed in its current form about 300 years ago on the Indian subcontinent but the roots of the tabla may date to pre-Muslim, Arabia. The name comes from “tabl," the Arabic word for drum, and temple carvings of tabla-like double-hand drums date to 500 BCE. Tabla is ...


Article: Album Review

The Clarinet Trio: Transformations and Further Passages

Read "Transformations and Further Passages" reviewed by John Eyles

A clarinet trio is a chamber trio comprising a clarinet, a bowed string instrument such as a violin, viola or cello, and a piano; the phrase can also refer to a composition written for such a trio. However, away from such matters, The Clarinet Trio is the name of a three-clarinet group which first recorded together ...


Article: Under the Radar

Charu Suri: The Jazz Raga

Read "Charu Suri: The Jazz Raga" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Roots of Indo-JazzJazz and Indian ragas share common ground in their traditional use of improvisation. They are often talked about in compatible terms, but Ravi Shankar, for one, did not believe that ragas could be compared to jazz improvisation. Spontaneous creation in jazz differs from the complex rhythmic structural patterns of Indian improvisation. Shankar became ...


Article: Six Picks

December 2021

Read "December 2021" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel

Johannes Luley Follow Your Heart My Sonic Temple 2021 The likes of of Eberhard Weber, Ralph Towner, John Abercrombie and Kenny Wheeler are closely linked, not only musically but most of all because a majority of their recordings was released on ECM Records. They're also quite the musicians to look up ...


Article: Album Review

Modern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe / Four Men Only: Complete Recordings

Read "Complete Recordings" reviewed by John Sharpe

It's not often that something comes along which upends accepted wisdom, but that's what the Lithuanian NoBusiness imprint has accomplished with the reissue of four albums in a three-CD box set by the now unremembered Modern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe (MJQK) and its successor FourMenOnly (FMO). The group, comprised of Herbert Joos, reedman Wilfried ...


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