Saturday, 23 April 2016

Manfred Schoof with Mal Waldron together in DDR's Amiga 8 55 738 (1980) [Plus 1986's Power Station for limited time]

Like the old WhosWho of old, or that even more ancient Almanach de Gotha, it's always nice to see a musician is famous enough to have a wiki page.  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Manfred Schoof (born 6 April 1936) is a German jazz trumpet player.  Schoof was born in Magdeburg, and studied music in Kassel and Cologne.  He is a founder of European free jazz and collaborated with Albert Mangelsdorff, Peter Brötzmann, Mal Waldron, and Irène Schweizer. He has interpreted Die Soldaten, an operatic work by the contemporary composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann.

Schoof won various jazz prizes and is involved in the German musical rights association. Since 2007 he has been chairman of the Union Deutscher Jazzmusiker. He has been a professor in Cologne since 1990.

Since 1967 his career has stretched till the most recent years, happily.  One release missing from his oeuvre so far is this record he made in 1980 with the American pianist Mal Waldron, a decade or so older than Manfred, whom we all know from his 1971 fusion opus The Call.

Information on this record:

Artwork – Christoph Ehbets
Bass – Jimmy Woode
Composed By, Piano – Mal Waldron
Drums – Makaya Ntshoko
Photography By – Otto Sill
Saxophone – Steve Lacy
Trumpet – Manfred Schoof

Recorded February 2, 1977 in Wolperath, Germany.
Licensed from Enja Records.

Note that the tracks are lengthy and only the first minute of the first track can appear as a taste of the contents:

It was reissued to CD in Japan more recently and I'll only post a brief link.  The same goes for Power Station, which I had passed up when I was collecting the Schoof oeuvre earlier, on the basis it was too late a year (1986), but it turned out to be highly entertaining ambient almost library-like light synthesizer fusion, ECM-style perhaps, but ten years too late evidently.

Check out the utterly out-of-this-world outta-this-multiverse peaceful gorgeousness of his Galaxy:

As well strongly recommended would be his earlier records 1976's Scales, 1977's Light Lines, 1980's Horizons, 1987's Meditation (more disappointing) and 1989's Shadows and Smiles (teaming up with Rainer Bruninghaus here proved magical).  All dreamy-melancholy ECM stuff.


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  2. Both look fantastic. Thank you!

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