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KRZYSZTOF KOMEDA
ballet etudes/the music of KOMEDA

Krzysztof Komeda was a Polish film music composer and jazz pianist. Perhaps best known for his soundtrack work, Komeda wrote the scores for Roman Polanski’s films Rosemary’s Baby, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Knife in the Water and Cul-de-sac. Komeda’s album Astigmatic (1965) is widely regarded as one of the most important European jazz albums; critic Stuart Nicholson describes the album as “marking a shift away from the dominant American approach with the emergence of a specific European aesthetic.”

This period, in which Komeda was improving his own musical language, was crowned with “Ballet Etudes” performed at the Jazz Jamboree ’62. Although the reaction of domestic critics for the Etudes was rather cold, it opened the doors to Europe for Krzysztof Komeda.

The original Danish Metronome LP is very desired among jazz collectors worldwide. Top copies sell for astronomic prices. This reissue comes perfectly restorated and remastered on BE! Jazz including the original liner notes.

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Krzysztof Komeda war ein polnischer Komponist und Jazzpianist, der hauptsächlich durch seine Filmmusiken bekannt wurde. Er schrieb den Soundtrack für die Roman Polanski-Filme “Rosemary’s Baby”, “Tanz der Vampire”, “Das Messer im Wasser” und “Wenn Katelbach kommt”. Komedas Album Astigmatic (1965) zählt zu den wichtigsten Jazz-Alben in Europa: der Kritiker Stuart Nicholson beschreibt das Album als “einen Wechsel von der amerikanischen Spielweise hin zu einer speziell europäischen Ästhetik”.

Die Krönung seiner damaligen Schaffensperiode, in der er seine eigene musikalische Sprache verbesserte, war das Werk “Ballet Etudes”, das beim Jazz Jamboree ’62 aufgeführt wurde. Obwohl die Rezensionen der einheimischen Kritiker zu “Ballet Etudes” eher kühl ausfielen, öffnete es für Krzysztof Komeda die Türen nach Europa.

Das dänische Original Metronome-Album ist unter Jazzliebhabern ein weltweit sehr begehrtes Sammlerstück. Sehr gut erhaltene Exemplare werden zu astronomischen Preisen gehandelt. Diese Wiederveröffentlichung erscheint perfekt restauriert und remastert auf BE! Jazz, zusammen mit dem Original-Begleittext.

Vinyl LP | Limited Edition of 500 copies!
| Be! Jazz 6087
CD | digipac in book format | incl. 16-page booklet
| Be! Jazz 6087 CD

AVAILABLE from Bear Family Records

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JOKI FREUND QUINTET

EUROPEAN JAZZ SOUNDS

BE! Jazz is excited to announce the revival of the “European Jazz Sounds” series that started around 1960 with legendary albums by the Michael Naura Quintet, Tubby Hayes or Max Greger. On our first volume we present the early recordings of the renowned “Joki Freund Quintet” from the late 1950s. German saxophonist and arranger Joki Freund played with Jutta Hipp in the mid-’50s, before forming his own Joki Freund Quintet. During the late Fifties they played at various European festivals with visiting American musicians like Donald Byrd, Arthur Taylor, and Doug Watkins. The group got famous for their John Coltrane-influenced masterpiece “Yogi Jazz” in 1963.

This music comes perfectly restorated and remastered on BE! Jazz for the first time in 55 years. Listen to this record like never before!

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Wir freuen uns, die Wiedergeburt der “European Jazz Sounds”-Serie bekanntzugeben, die um 1960 herum mit gesuchten Alben vom Michael Naura Quintet, Tubby Hayes und Max Greger ins Leben gerufen wurde. Auf unserer ersten Folge präsentieren wir die frühen Aufnahmen des legendären “Joki Freund Quintet” aus den späten Fünfzigern. Der deutsche Saxophonist und Arrangeur Joki Freund spielte zunächst mit Jutta Hipp, bevor er seine eigene Band, das Joki Freund Quintet, gründete. Ende der Fünfziger Jahre traten sie bei verschiedenen europäischen Festivals auf, zusammen mit Gastmusikern wie Donald Byrd, Arthur Taylor und Doug Watkins. Berühmt wurde die Band durch ihr von John Coltrane beeinflusstes Meisterwerk “Yogi Jazz” aus dem Jahr 1963. Diese Aufnahmen sind – zum erstenmal seit 55 Jahren – auf BE! Jazz wieder erhältlich, perfekt restauriert und remastert. So haben Sie diese Platte noch nie gehört!

Vinyl LP | Limited Edition of 500 copies!
| Be! Jazz 6091
CD | digipac in book format | incl. 20-page booklet
| Be! Jazz 6091 CD

AVAILABLE SOON from Bear Family Records

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BJARNE ROSTVOLD

BJARNE ROSTVOLD’S TRIO

TRICROTISM

It’s a fact that Bjarne Rostvold has won relatively little recognition to this day – in contrast to some of his Danish fellow jazz musicians. Quite unjustly, as we think. For many years Rostvold played with the Danish Radio Big Band before forming the Bjarne Rostvold Trio (Bent Axen: piano and Erik Moseholm: bass) and the Bjarne Rostvold Quartett, which included the trio’s musicians plus trumpeter Allan Botschinsky. Both groups represent brilliant Danish jazz from the ‘60s. That’s why we think it’s about time to reissue this relatively unknown, yet sensational Euro jazz highlight.

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

Listen to this record like never before!

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Es ist eine Tatsache, dass der Däne Bjarne Rostvold – im Gegensatz zu einigen anderen seiner dänischen Jazz-Kollegen – bis zum heutigen Tag relativ wenig Beachtung gefunden hat. Zu Unrecht, wie wir finden. Rostvold spielte viele Jahre in der Danish Radio Big Band, bevor er das Bjarne Rostvold Trio (Bent Axen: Klavier und Erik Moseholm: Bass) bzw. das Bjarne Rostvold Quartett, bestehend aus dem gleichen Trio mit dem Zusatz von Trompeter Allan Botschinsky, gründete. Beide Gruppen stehen heute für brillanten dänischen Jazz aus den 60er Jahren.

Aus diesem Grunde sind wir der Meinung, dass es an der Zeit ist, dieses relativ unbekannte – aber dennoch musikalisch sensatio- nelle – Euro Jazz-Highlight zu veröffentlichen.

Wir freuen uns, dass dieses Album nun zum ersten Mal seit 1965 wieder erhältlich ist, noch dazu in dieser wunderbaren Qualität, remastert per DMM-Schnitt von den Original-Bändern.

So haben Sie diese Platte noch nie gehört!

Vinyl LP | Limited Edition of 500 copies!
| Be! Jazz 6086

CD | digipac in book format | incl. 16-page booklet
| Be! Jazz 6086 CD

PERSONNEL:
Bjarne Rostvold (drums) | Allan Botschinsky (trumpet) | Nils Henning Ørsted Pedersen (bass)

Recorded in 1962

TRACKS:
1. Well, You Needn’t | 2. Perhaps | 3. Squeeze Me | 4. Easy Living | 5. Tricrotism | 6. Greensleeves | 7. Ease It | 8. S’ Posin

Christian Schwindt Quintet

CHRISTIAN SCHWINDT QUINTET

FOR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES

We are happy to announce “For Friends And Relatives”, one of the real top 10 European jazz higlights. Superlatives are often used nowadays, but we strongly believe that this album is one of the true 1960s Euro jazz “holy-grails”.

The Schwindt Quintet was formed during the early ’60s in Helsinki/Finland. This album delivers beautiful top-quality jazz that couldn’t be better. This is probably the reason why the few original copies of the album that popped up sell for astronomic prices – up to a few thousand dollars.

We’d like to point out that the album comes in fantastic remastering and DMM cut sound quality. During the remastering process we found out that the original sound was quite inferior with a few mistakes included. Our new version sounds amazing, even if you already know the album. Listen to this record like never before!

Limited edition as always – grab them before it’s too late – we don’t do re-pressings! Available around Christmas from BE! Jazz.

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Wir freuen uns, Ihnen “For Friends And Relatives” präsentieren zu können, ein wahres Highlight in der Top Ten des europäischen Jazz. Superlative werden heutzutage oft verwendet, dennoch sind wir der Meinung, dass dieses Album definitiv zu den begehrtesten Sammlerstücken des europäischen Jazz der 60er Jahre gehört.

Das Schwindt Quintet wurde Anfang der 60er Jahre in Helsinki/Finnland gegründet. Dieses Album bietet unübertrefflichen, wunderschönen Jazz allererster Güte. Dies ist wahrscheinlich der Grund, warum die wenigen noch erhältlichen Exemplare des Originals zu astronomischen Preisen gehandelt werden – manchmal in Höhe von bis zu einigen Tausend Dollar!

Wir weisen darauf hin, dass die Aufnahmen in ausgezeichneter Klangqualität per DMM-Schnitt remastert wurden. Während des Remasterings stellten wir fest, dass das Original eine minderwertige Soundqualität aufwies, die zudem einige Fehler enthielt. Sie werden daher über den Klang unserer neuen Version erstaunt sein, selbst wenn Sie das Album bereits kennen. So haben Sie diese Platte noch nie gehört!

Diese LP erscheint wie immer in limitierter Auflage. Greifen Sie also schnell zu – es gibt keine Nachpressungen! Erhältlich Dezember 2014.

Vinyl LP | Limited Edition of 500 copies!
| Be! Jazz 6083

PERSONNEL:
Christian Schwindt (drums) | Heikki Sarmanto (piano) | Tapani Tamminen (bass) | Otto Donner (trumpet) | Erik Dannholm (tenor- & altosax) | Pentti Hietanen (piano) | Pekka Sarmanto (bass)
(Pentti Hietanen & Pekka Sarmanto on Miniature only)
Recorded in Helsinki, November 9 & 12, 1965

TRACKS:

1. Helsinki At Noon | 2. Miniature | 3. My Next And Only Love | 4. D-Day | 5. Theme For Christer | 6. Claudine | 7. Släkt och vänner (Friends And Relatives)

Juicy Delights And Wild Cuts

Coming soon :

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JUICY DELIGHTS from the treasury of Georgia’s

PEACH RECORDS
1950’s & 1960’s Rockabilly, Boppers & Wild Instrumentals!

31 tracks from original PEACH RECORDS singles | plus one unissued track | Heavy quality sleeve with liner notes, rare pictures and label scans | Newly remastered sound | Direct Metal Master | Pressed by Pallas, Germany

TRACKS:
Side A: Leon Homes and his Georgia Ramblers: She’s My Baby | Ramblin’ Red Bailey: You’ve Always Got A Frown | Lewis Pruitt and the True Lads: Pretty Baby | Lewis Pruitt and the True Lads: I’m In A Daze | Dappa Smith: China Doll | Lewis Pruitt and the True Lads: This Little Girl (Has A Magic Touch) | John Worthan: Evalina Maloney | John Worthan: Too, Too Many

Side B: Ted And Johnny: Teenage Party | The Gates feat. Bobby Ferguson: Wrapped In Green, Made For A Teen | Dorie Sudduth: You’re No Good For Me | The Del-Tones: Green Front Boogie | Hubert Brown: Got A Crush | Hubert Brown: Unfaithful | The Nitebeats: Nitebeats Are Rocking | Hoot Gibson: Waiting At The Station

Side C: Olen Little: The World Belongs To Me | John Worthan: The Cats Were Jumpin’ | Ramblin’ Red Bailey: Take Off Like A Bird | The Dandies: Red Light | Johnny Worthan: Strange Woman’s Love | Arnold Bennett: Wahoo | Jay Brown and the Jets: Rockin’ The Guitar | Jay Brown and the Jets: Hanky-Panky

Side D: Pat Cain: Memories | Colman O’Neal: Town With Neon Signs | Ott Stevens: Oh Broken Hearted Me | Vernon Stewart: Mean Mean Baby | Ray Godfrey: Let’s Move To The City | The Melo-Tones: Twistin Guitar | The Melo-Tones: Walking Charlie | John Worthan: Crazy Blue Jeans

Vinyl DoubleLP (6-sided gatefold cover) | Ltd. Edition of 500 copies!
Be! Sharp 6078/79

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Unissued ROCKABILLY Acetates

16 unissued tracks | Newly remastered sound
Direct Metal Master | Pressed by Pallas, Germany

TRACKS:

Side A: Scotty McKay & The Tom Tom’s: Somebody’s Been Lov- ing My Baby | Milt Forester: Crawdad Song | Don Bernard: Rockbilly Rock | (Unknown Artist): I Love You Baby | Jimmy Evans: The Jimmy Evans Twist | James Mara: Reach The Moon | Sonny & The Country Ramblers: Rockin’ Robin | Scotty McKay & The Tom Tom’s: Honey Don’t

Side B: The Jokers: Red Headed Woman | Buck Fowler & His Boys: She’s Just That Kind (alternate) | (Unknown Artist): Whatcha Going To Do About Me | Buck Fowler & His Boys: Don’t Be Cruel | The Phoenix Boys: Mixed Up Mama | The Rocktones: Rumblin’ | (Unknown Artist): The Rock-A-Way Inn | Ronnie Dove: Lover Boy (alternate)

Vinyl LP | Limited Edition of 500 copies!
Be! Sharp 6080

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Jazz On Holy Hill

Holy Hill Cover

INTERNATIONAL HOLY HILL JAZZ MEETING 1969

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

TRACKS:

  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

 

ERIC DOLPHY IN EUROPE

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.

 

EJE THELIN QUINTET | AT THE GERMAN JAZZ FESTIVAL

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