Jazz On Holy Hill

Holy Hill Cover


BE! JAZZ is happy to come up with a limited edition (500 copies) of a true “holy” modern/free jazz gems of the late 1960s. The original double LP was issued by Meno Liechtenstein’s CB Records – he was also the organizer of the “International Holy Hill Jazz Meeting” in Heidelberg / Germany.

The sound quality on the original album was not really bad – but it certainly was not really good as well. We spent a lot of work on a proper restoration of the live tapes. The result is truly amazing – after almost 50 years we are now able to listen properly to the unbelievable music played by the cream of German/European jazz musicians.

Just check the line-up and you will understand what we’re talking about. The music included ranges from Free Jazz by the likes of Peter Brötzmann and Evan Parker to quality Modern Jazz done by the Joki Freund Quintet.

Reserve yourself a forgotten piece of European Jazz history! Available in October on BE! Jazz!

Vinyl DoubleLP (gatefold sleeve) | Limited Edition of 500 copies! | Be! Jazz 6081/82


  1. Pierre Favre Trio: Let’s Talk About The Weather
    Irene Schweizer (p) | Peter Kowald (b) | Pierre Favre (dr, leader)
  2. Rolf Kuhn Quartett: Circus Live
    Joachim Kuhn (p) | Buschi Niebergall (b) | Stu Martin (dr, perc, fl) | Rolf Kuhn (cl electr., leader)
  3. Peter Brötzmann Oktett: Finally
    Fred Van Hove (p) | Buschi Niebergall (b, b-tb) | Peter Kowald (b) | Arjen Gorter (b) | Pierre Favre (dr) | Paul Rutherford (tb) | Evan Parker (ts, ss) | Peter Brötzmann (ts, leader)
  4. Joe Viera – Ed Kroeger Quartett: Vibration
    Sigi Busch (b) | Heinrich Hock (dr) | Joe Viera (as, ss) | Ed Kroeger (tb, leader)
  5. Joki Freund Quintett: Five To Five
    Helmut Kirchgässner (p) | Peter Witte (b) | Joerg Gebhard (dr) | Toni Rabold (tp) | Joki Freund (ts, ss)
  6. Marion Brown: In Memory Of John Coltrane
    Marion Brown (as)
  7. Joki Freund Quintett: Gluga Gluga Blues

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More Jazz On Vinyl

As the previous two reissues are shipping – here are two new releases coming soon:

LP Dolphy Cover



Without doubt, Eric Dolphy counts among the most important and influential musicians in modern jazz – his work is still admired today for its non-compromising individuality.

Dolphy was born in Los Angeles in 1928. He was heard in the band of Charles Mingus who featured him extensively, but also led his own group with trumpeter Booker Little. Dolphy accompanied John Coltrane on a European tour in 1962. He died in Berlin, Germany, in 1964.

Recorded live in Copenhagen featuring the cream of Danish jazz musicians, this album is one of the really great early 1960s classics. The original was issued on DEBUT RECORDS in Denmark in 1962 and is a hot collectors’ piece nowadays.

PERSONNEL: Eric Dolphy (as, cl, fl) | Bent Axen (p) | Erik Moseholm (b) | Chuck Israels (b) | Jørn Elniff (dr) | Recorded at Studenterforeningen, Copenhagen, September 8, 1961

TRACKS: 1. I Don’t Know Why | 2. God Bless The Child | 3. The Way You Look Tonight | 4. Oleo | 5. Hi-Fly

Vinyl LP | Limited Edition of 500 copies | Be! Jazz 6067



LP Thelin Cover


This album became a legend, mostly due to the cooperation with Belgian Joel Vandrooogenbroeck, who had played with big names such as René Thomas, Bobby Jaspar, Barney Wilen and Zoot Sims. In 1968 Vandroogenbroeck formed the experimental rockband Brainticket.



Between 1961 and 1965 Eje Thelin formed his first own group with which he toured across Europe. In 1964 he performed in Copenhagen with George Russell; from the late 60s to the mid-70s he played with Joachim Kühn and John Surman and turned to Free Jazz.

This LP was recorded on May 6, 1964 at the German Jazz Festival in Frankfurt. The music offers top-quality Modern Jazz.

We are happy to see this album re-issued for the first time since 1965, especially in this wonderful quality, remastered per DMM vinyl cutting from the original tapes.

PERSONNEL: Eje Thelin (tb) | Ulf Andersson (ts) | Joel Vandroogenbroek (p) | Roman Dylag (b) | Rune Carlsson (dr) |
Recorded at 9. Deutsches Jazz Festival 1964, Frankfurt, May 9, 1964

TRACKS: 1. The Opener | 2. It Ain’t Necessarily So | 3. Filmballad | 4. I’m Oldfashioned | 5. Gazoline | 6. Marques De Villamagna

Vinyl LP | Limited Edition of 500 copies | Be! Jazz 6066

Coming soon!

We’re working on two new vinyl-only releases – both albums have been remastered by the famous, post-EMI studio legend John Cremer from Railroad Tracks Studios. Listen to these records like never before!

LP Jazztone Cover

Frankfurt All Stars feat. Hans Koller

One of the long forgotten masterpieces of European – especially German – Modern Jazz is the legendary “Rhein Main Jump” album! The original was issued in 1958 by the Jazztone label. If you are in any way familiar with jazz just check the line-up and you will have an idea of the music’s quality. As far as we know the music has never been re-issued anywhere – so here we go with a truly fantastic LP!

PERSONNEL: Emil Mangelsdorff (as) | Hans Koller (ts) | Joki Freund (ts) | Pepsi Auer (p) | Peter Trunk (b) | Rudi Sehring (dr) | Albert Mangelsdorff (tb)

TRACKS: 1. Daves Idea | 2. Dusko’s Absence | 3. Swing It, Sam | 4. Sound for Jazztone | 5. Beard’s Beard | 6. Golabki | 7. You’re On Hans | 8. Rhein Main Jump | 9. Almost Dawn | 10. Old Hat With A New Rim | 11. Adlon 1925 | 12. Ending Ad Lib

Vinyl LP | Limited Edition of 500 copies | BE! Jazz 6-064

LP Zodiac Cover

Barney Wilen

Barney Wilen was famous for being included in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis’ European tours, and this is his excursion into free jazz, dedicated to the mystical signs of the Zodiac! One of the very early masterpieces of 1960s European avantgarde jazz! Wilen was a brilliant tenor player who flirted with many music fashions in his thirty-years career. The music here is avantgarde school, and this excellent pressing finally captures the timbre and the resonance of the instruments.

PERSONNEL: Barney Wilen (ts) | Raymond Court (t) | Carl Heinz Berger (p*, vib) | Jean Francois Jenny Clark (b) except**| Jacques Thollot (d) except*** | Recorded in Paris, January 19 & 20, 1966

TRACKS: 1. Poissons (B. Wilen) | 2. Verseau (B. Wilen)** | 3. Capricorne (B. Wilen)* | 4. Sagittaire (B. Wilen)** | 5. Scorpion (B. Wilen) | 6. Balance (B. Wilen) | 7. Vierge (B. Wilen) | 8. Lion (B. Wilen) | 9. Cancer (B. Wilen)*** | 10. Gemeaux (B. Wilen) | 11. Taureau (B. Wilen)* | 12. Belier (B. Wilen)

Vinyl LP | Limited Edition of 500 copies |BE! Jazz 6-065

New Release

Mod-Box 1 Mod-Box 2 Mod-Box 3

The MOD-Box is available now from JPC Germany and Bear Family Mailorder (worldwide shipping!).


Here is the track listing:

CD 1:
Hans Koller
1  Feuerwehr
2  Moonlight In Vermont
3  Get Happy
4  Badewasser
5  All About Nora
6  Sweet Line
7  All The Things You Are
8  Yesterdays
9  Indian Summer
10  Iris For Bill Crozier
11  Ach Värmeland Du Sköna
12  Small Hotel
13  “Jazz 1955”

Roland Kovac
14  I Should Care
15  Fughette
16  Tea For… Three
17  Come Back To Me

CD 2:
Hans Koller Combo feat. Albert Mangelsdorff
1  Lester Leaps In
2  I’ll Remember April
3  Idaho

Fatty George Combo
4  The Sheik Of Araby
5  My Baby Done Left Me
6  Alexander’s Ragtime Band

Jutta Hipp
7  Frankfurt Special
8  Simone
9  Morning Fun
10  Don’t Worry ’bout Me

Bill Grah
11 Polillo
12 Grahs Brothers
13 Bohème

Oscar Klein
14 Oscar’s Blues
15 China Town

Hans Koller
16  Relaxin’ At Marienburg
17  Background In Red
18  Pastels

Attila Zoller
19  YouGoToMyHead
20  Autumn In New York

CD 3:
Rudi Sehring Trio
1  Long John
2  Exactly Like “Ru”
3  Just You Just Me

Bill Russo & Hans Koller Combo
4  Indiana
5  These Foolish Things
6  Cathy
7  Passacaglia
8  Announcement from Campi
9  Bar In The Air
10  Announcement from Campi
11  Made In Cologne 1955
12  Announcement from Campi
13  Bills Blues
14  Together
15  Made In Cologne

CD 4:
Hans Koller
1  Going My Hemingway
2  Late Summer
3  Too Marvellous For Words

Lee Konitz
4  Late Summer
5  East Of Eden
6  En Rodage
7  Lee-La-Lu
8  I’m Getting Sentimental
9  Variazione No. 8
10  Stephany
11 Ablution

Harald Banter Ensemble
12  Announcement
13  Signum
14  Moon Over Miami
15 Announcement
16  Flamingo
17 Autumn Serenade

25 cm Vinyl (Disc 5):
Hans Koller
A1 Feuerwehr
A2 Moonlight In Vermont
A3 Get Happy
B1 Badewasser
B2 All About Nora
B3 Sweet Line

25 cm Vinyl (Disc 6):
Hans Koller
A1 All The Things You Are
A2 Yesterdays
A3 Indian Summer
B1 Iris For Bill Crozier
B2 Ach Värmeland Du Sköna
B3 Small Hotel
B4 “Jazz 1955”

25 cm Vinyl (Disc 7):
Hans Koller Combo
A1  Lester Leaps In
A2  I’ll Remember April
A3  Idaho

Fatty George Combo
B1 The Sheik Of Araby
B2 My Baby Done Left Me
B3 Alexander’s Ragtime Band

25 cm Vinyl (Disc 8):
Bill Russo & Hans Koller Combo
A1 Cathy
A2 Indiana
A3 Made In Cologne
B1 These Foolish Things
B2 Together

25 cm Vinyl (Disc 9):
Lee Konitz
A1  Late Summer
A2  Lee-La-Lu
A3  Ablution
A4  Variazione No. 8
B1  East Of Eden
B2  I’m Getting Sentimental
B3  Stephany
B4  En Rodage

17 cm Vinyl (Disc 10):
Jutta Hipp
A1 Frankfurt Special
A2 Don’t Worry About Me
B1 Simone
B2  Morning Fun

17 cm Vinyl (Disc 11)
Roland Kovac
A1  I Should Care
A2  Fughette
B1  Tea For… Three
B2  Come Back To Me

17 cm Vinyl (Disc 12):
Bill Grah
A1  Polillo
A2  Grahs Brothers
B1 Boheme

17 cm Vinyl (Disc 13)
Hans Koller
A1  Relaxin’ At Marienburg
A2  Background In Red
B1 Pastels

17 cm Vinyl (Disc 14):
Attila Zoller
A1 Autumn In New York
B1 You Go To My Head

17 cm Vinyl (Disc 15):
Rudi Sehring Trio
A1 Long John
A2 Exactly Like “Ru”
B1 Just You Just Me

Jazz West Germany

It’s 60 years since Jazz impresario Gigi Campi from Cologne founded MOD RECORDS , the first independent modern jazz label in Europe – as important as his work with the legendary Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band. Mod Records became a home for jazz greats like Jutta Hipp, Hans Koller, Emil and Albert Mangelsdorff, Roland Kovac, Lars Gullin and Lee Konitz – and some of them even made their recording debut there!

To celebrate the anniversary here’s what could be the most amazing Jazz box ever produced: The complete collection of all 11 vinyl releases on MOD, reproduced as 10″ and 7″ records with original sleeves plus 4 CDs containing all the tracks from the vinyl discs plus unreleased live sessions.

A lovingly researched 120-page hardcover book presents vintage reviews, fabulous designs and alternative sleeves from the archives of MOD designer Wolfgang Raquet, and incredible photos of German photographer Chargesheimer. Also included is a reprint of the legendary MOD RECORDS poster “Jazz West Germany.”

Wolfgang Raquet's poster showing the first Mod releases.
Wolfgang Raquet’s poster showing the first Mod releases.

A fascinating glimpse of the city of Cologne and a daring circle of young people who paved the way for a liberal culture during years of awakening in post-war Germany.

A must for the real jazz afficionado.

“Caterina Valente was at Campi Café, and Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luigi Nono and Romy Schneider, Bruno Maderna and Billie Holiday, Gisela Holzinger and Trude Herr, Maria Callas and Juliette Greco – and of course all the renowned contemporary jazz musicians from America and Europe.” (Ingeborg Drews)


Following “The Texas Box” is another project called (surprisingly) “The Michigan Box”. This will feature the usual suspects – oddball rockers, garage combos and plain weirdos, from singles released on short-lived labels and Mom’n’Pop “record companies”. And great stories, like the one about Fortune Records (pictured below).

The storefront of Fortune Records' Detroit shop and headquarter, just days before it was demolished.
The storefront of Fortune Records’ Detroit shop and headquarter, just days before it was demolished.

Not for the masses but for the selected few.