All of your favorites, in one place.
2015 repress, originally reissued in 2001. Better sit down now, Euro-jazz fans. Here's a partial lineup from these two brilliant, previously unreleased German National Radio sessions from the dawn of the era: Gunter Hampel, Gerd Dudek,Willem Breuker, Peter Brötzmann, Manfred Schoof, Albert Mangelsdorff, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Buschi Niebergall, Peter Kowald, Jaki Liebezeit, Mani Neumeier,Sven-Åke Johansson, Evan Parker, Paul Rutherford, Arjen Gorter, Derek Bailey, Han Bennink, Paul Lovens.& more. Larger than life, bigger than any mere mortal, and presented with a gorgeous 14-panel cd booklet with reproductions of Herr Schlippenbach's original scores. "Since the beginning of the "free jazz era" in 1960 at that time, we played almost exclusively in small groups - I was fascinated by the idea of playing our "new" music with a large ensemble. A compositional commission from RIAS-BERLIN for the Berliner Jazztage 1966 made it possible for me to pursue this, and I was able to put together a big band of some suitable musicians I knew, in which two already-existing groups (the Manfred Schoof Quintet and the Peter Brötzmann Trio) provided as it were a double nucleus of "Globe Unity" (as my piece was titled). The premiere performance, in November 1966 in the Berliner Philharmonie, was a sensational success, because the press outdid themselves equally in extravagant praise and hysterical vituperation. With this, the GLOBE UNITY ORCHESTRA was founded and began its career, which lasted more than twenty years. The compositions presented on this CD originated in radio commissions for the Donaueschinger Tage für Neue Musik ("Globe Unity 67") and for the Berliner Jazztage ("Globe Unity 70"). The 67 piece is based on the systematic application and expansion of the procedures already used in GLOBE UNITY 66. In this respect, "GLOBE UNITY 70" is determined more by aleatorics and by semantic information for the players". -