Sunday, May 3, 2009
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.
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)
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).
Polydor Records, 1975
Catalogue # 2371 564
Producer - Peter Herbolzheimer
Recording and remix engineer - "Justus" Liebich
Assistants - Jürgen Arnold, Uwe Peters, Wolfgang Prey
Vinyl rip by Simon666
Other blogs linked in this post are : Orgy In Rhythm, Ile Oxumaré, Arkadin's Ark