Sunday, May 3, 2009

Peter Herbolzheimer - "Live Im Onkel Pö" (1975)




 This one's for Orgy In Rhythm's Bacoso, the first chimp in space, and generous donor of many a fresh musical banana. In order to extend the viral blog spread of his ubiquitous catch-cry : I declare this irresistably funky, jazzy big band album to be all-killer-no-filler !

When he closed down OIR for a few months last year, Bacoso allowed Ish and myself to feature some of his extraordinary catalogue online, and one of my first "OIR Classic" posts was a summary of his seven Peter Herbolzheimer albums, to which he added an eighth for the occasion, "Touchdown".

More recently, Arkadin tracked down some MP3s of this album for Ish's goldmine requests thread, and I liked it so much that I tracked down the vinyl, freshly ripped here in WAV and MP3. So thanks to Arkadin and Ish as well for leading me here ...

As the title suggests, the opener "Corean Chick" references Chick Corea's early 70s Spanish chord structures, but way beyond that it's driven by a killer bassline and has this kicking, building brass arrangement by composer/arranger Peter Herbolzheimer.

Dieter Reith's bell-like rhodes anchors "P.M", which features trumpter Palle Mikkelborg on an extended solo that takes the Miles Davis - Eddie Henderson wah-wah trip before being faced by a wall of brass madness.

"That's Live" is a souljazz stormer that has an interesting chord-cluster sequence in the middle.


Side 2 opens with "The Catfish" - a later re-release of the album also used that title. It's the album's funk bomb, with an irresistable dual flute line over Dieter Reith's ARP bass, which turns into a nicely-tweaked funky synth solo over slap bass.

Reith's "Head-Egg" has the feel of one of those post-Headhunters albums by Bennie Maupin, Eddie Henderson or Hancock himself.

Horst Mühlbradt's "Peyotl" closes the album. The opening few minutes are built around rolling chord structures that recall some of those 70s New York jazz-latin fusions by people like Bobby Vince Paunetto, mixed with a dash of cop show mystery. After that it turns into an all-out latin banger, with a great trumpet solo by Benny Bailey leading the full pack over percussive pounding by Sabu Martinez, drummer Todd Canedy and Mühlbradt himself.
So yep, not a bad track in sight, hope you enjoy this one guys.

TRACKLIST 

01. 'Corean Chick' (4:40)Composed and arranged by Peter Herbolzheimer
Solo : Ferdinand Povel (tenor saxaphone)

02. 'P.M.' (6:16)Composed and arranged by Peter HerbolzheimerSolo : Palle Mikkelborg (trumpet)
03. 'That's Live' (5:47)Composed and arranged by Jerry van Rooyen
Solo : Dieter Reith (rhodes); Jiggs Whigham (trombone)
04. 'The Catfish' (6:35)Composed and arranged by Peter Herbolzheimer
Solo : Dieter Reith (synthesiser)

05. 'Head-Egg' (5:40)Composed and arranged by Dieter Reith
Solo : Ferdinand Povel (sax) 

06. 'Peyotl' (4:45)Composed and arranged by Horst Mühlbradt
Solo : Benny Bailey (trumpet)


MUSICIANS

alto, soprano and tenor saxaphones, flute - Ferdinand Povel
baritone, soprano and tenor saxaphones, flute - James Towsey
bass - Bo Stief
congas, percussion - Sabu Martinez
drums - Todd Canedy
electric piano, clavinet, percussion - Horst Mühlbradt
fender rhodes, ARP synthesizer, string organ - Dieter Reith
trombone - Jiggs Whigham , Otto Bredl , Peter Herbolzheimer , Rudi Fuesers , Vincent Nilsson
trumpet - Ack Van Rooyen , Benny Bailey , Palle Mikkelborg , Ron Simmonds, Heinz Hobermann (tr 3 only).


DETAILS

Polydor Records, 1975
Catalogue # 2371 564
Producer - Peter Herbolzheimer
Recording and remix engineer - "Justus" Liebich
Assistants - Jürgen Arnold, Uwe Peters, Wolfgang Prey


POST CREDITS

Vinyl rip by Simon666
Other blogs linked in this post are : Orgy In Rhythm, Ile Oxumaré, Arkadin's Ark


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48 comments:

The Funktopus said...

This is seriously good stuff. Have been looking for this for ages. Thanks so much for all of your hard work... excellent blog! :))

ish said...

thanks for the upgraded rip....and thanks for the plug. I'm really amazed at how generous so many bloggers are.

bacoso said...

There is no doubt....all killer - no filler !!!Herr Herbolzheimer ROCKS!

kaz_shmaz said...

It looks good. I will give it a try. Thanks for your time.

Hanimex 3000 said...

dope alert!

Helmut said...

yeah, thanx a lot, that grooves!

JTF said...

I'm just starting to get into Herbolzheimer, so thanks!

roberto t. said...

many, many, thanks!

orangefunk said...

IMHO in the top 5 of all jazz funk albums! I had the other issue a decade or so back.... I first heard Catfish on the LP "Behind Kungstradgarden" in 1993.


seems like PH sometimes reissues the LPs with different covers... (happens on Hip Walk too).

the jazzstronaut said...

I'm always a sucker for anything by Big Pete and the RCB, so really glad for this live set.
Many thanks, Simon. Your efforts are always appreciated.

Arkadin said...

Finally this great album gets an appropriate high quality Simon-rip. I'm glad my Soulseek-find motivated you in such a way - Danke! :)

carica said...

Te sigo a muerte

saludos

Simon666 said...

gracias carica, bitte schön Arkadin und Helmut, merci bien Hanimex3000, grazie Roberto; and thanks everyone else for comments :)

GII said...

thanks so much

Calisan said...

Excelente trabajo!! Creo q' complementa muy bien las obras de la MPS de RC&B y uno de los muchos q' faltan en ser editados en CD.
Mas de Herbolzheimer por favor!!
Gracias por tu esfuerzo!

heiku said...

Nicely shared, Simon! The lossless quality is very much appreciated.

katonah said...

gears ... thanks simon

Chris said...

great stuff, i like this record very much - just found an original copy some month ago in a 2nd hand store in my hometown here in southwestern germany for a nice price

upkerry14 said...

Man, this looks killer! I really wanna hear this. Thanks so much! B

orangefunk said...

OK...

Just saw Herr Herbolzheimer in Munich airport tucking into a large sausage while writing an email on his Mac...

Too awestruck to speak.... all I could hear was "The Catfish" going through my mind...

Next time I can think of something to say.... some people would get awestruck meeting Jenna Jameson.. for me its Herbolz... read into that what you will...

;-)

Simon666 said...

I think you did the right thing not talking to PH while he was eating - I imagine that he'd start growling like a big dog, protecting his sausage! :)

orangefunk said...

LOL... similar thoughts were going through my mind.... ;-)

TC said...

Fantastic. You're an absolute diamond! I've been digging for this album for so long now. Thanks so much for sharing

Rob said...

Major funky a$$-kickin' big band! Thanks so much.

Valery Gore said...

Your blog is amazing. Thanks a lot!

Andy said...

Great stuff,thank you

16BitEnsemble said...

Which cover came out first? Mine is titled The Catfish, and has a picture of a giant catfish with what looks like leopard skin..very cool cover!
I was going to rip my copy, but you just saved me a lot of work..and a .wav file too!?Much appreciated! One of my favorite LP's in the crates.

Simon666 said...

Thanks for the comments guys ...

Hey 16bitensemble,
I read somewhere (can't remember where) . that this one was first - both were apparently released by Polyfor in 1975. Maybe it was renamed for international release?

orangefunk said...

I think you are probably right Simon... both are the same year of release though...

KRTEK said...

Thanks! That's greatly appreciated.
I thought they holding on this stuff for a reissue of live sets after I saw the box of studio albums "Big Band Man" a while ago. Sadly nothin like that materialized yet.
I heard a lot of RC&B live LP's and this is probably the best, most funky, most compact. I have also a nice later RC&B LP on Poljazz with a version of Catfish. Haven't spot it on the net though. BTW there's a skip on your rip on Catfish track at 1:42.

orangefunk said...

I'm gonna put up the Polijazz in the next week or so... stay tuned!

Simon666 said...

A skip! Dammit, missed that ... will re-rip the track soon.

Kottan said...

Ich was searching for this LP for thousands of years - an now, I find it here at last.

You guys are so great!! I love the Musik of Peter Herbolzheimer, but this album I like best. I had only a very noisy cassette tape recorded from LP in the 1970s.

I'm really really happy today :-)

Thank You!

JasonG said...

Solid stuff - gotta love synth bass lines.

makuma said...

I Love this man! Many thanks Simon!

tablete said...

Thanks!

Simon666 said...

paldies par komentāru:)

thanks for comments guys ..

Any middle-aged German Witch in Amerika, said...

Hello again,

after a long while I am back, and what do I see: another album of Herbolzheimer, and I didn't have it yet! So cool! Thank you!

Here you have a link to another blog I found today, who has yet another Herbolzheimer album that you also might be interested in:

http://ralfs-favourite-music.blogspot.com/2009/07/peter-herbolzheimer-jazz-gala-concert.html

With your permission I have left a comment there too, with the links to YOUR blog's Herbolzheimer albums. This way anyone who has found one blog will be led to the other as well, so more Herbolzheimer for all!

Yes I know, I have left this link also on your previous Herbolzheimer post.

I am posting it twice, just in case, you never know.

Thank you for Onkel Poe! I have once lived in Hamburg and really appreciate anything hamburgish!

Simon666 said...

Thanks for the link, I'll check it out :)

Henry said...

Simon do you seem to have the Big Band Man CD Set you could post for me by this guy? The other blog seem have all the parts but missing part 4. It's frustrating. Must've been deleted or it's not working.

Simon666 said...

Hi Henry -
Sorry, don't have that.

Simon666 said...

RIP Peter Herbolzheimer , died on Saturday at the age of 74 in Köln ...

Simon666 said...

http://www.spiegel.de/kultur/musik/0,1518,686177,00.html

Any middle-aged German Witch in Amerika, said...

Wow, what a shock. I didn't expect any news like that, since he was not THAT old (74). The article didn't give any hint about the cause of death, just that he died in a hospital.

Maybe the NDR will now repeat some of their LIVE footage which they definately must have in their vaults. But a sad occasion, of course.

argentinolibre@hotmail.com said...

no sé cómo me encontré con tu blog, pero te aseguro que para mí es un tesoro inesperado. Muchas gracias, amigo!

J Reid said...

thank you so much

Simon666 said...

Thanks for the comments guys :)

Anonymous said...

Excellent.Thank you.