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Kapingbdi
”Take A Look Outside” (Sono-111)
Unearthed Afro Funk album 1985
September 27, 2019
Exclusive Vinyl LP
Helmuth Brandenburg Orchestra
”Babylon A.M.C.” (Sono-112)
Library Jazz Funk LP 1978
November 27, 2020
LP/ Digital
Fitz Gore & The Talismen
"Soundmagnificat" (Sono-113)
Spiritual Jazz LP 1976
Januar 15, 2021

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KAPINGBDI – Take A Look Outside
KAPINGBDI – Take A Look Outside
LP: Sonorama L-111
This is the fourth, and until now, unreleased album by Kapingbdi, a six-piece band from West Africa, which billed itself as “African Jazz-Funk-Rock from Liberia”. It is a skilful mix of African and Western elements, with a spiritual heart and dynamic grooves. In January 1985 and shortly before the group disbanded, they recorded nine tracks for an aborted LP project at Masterpiece studio in Detroit, U.S.A. In 2019 the music was carefully remastered from the original 24-track master tape. For Kapingbdi, music is not for its own purpose, but serves to carry a message born of the African experience and perspective, intended for all people ...more...
KAPINGBDI – Born In The Night
KAPINGBDI – Born In The Night
CD & LP: Sonorama C-110/ L-110
Kapingbdi came together in Liberia, West Africa, during the late 1970’s and had their own unique style. This six to seven-piece band played original compositions in a vibrant mix of African Rhythms, Soul, Spiritual Jazz, Funk and Rock. Led by Kojo Samuels on sax, flute and vocals “Born in The Night” presents the essential tracks from their rare studio LPs produced between 1978-1981, carefully remastered in 2019 for vinyl LP and a 6-Page Digipack CD, which includes two additional recordings. Kapingbdi toured through Europe and the U.S. and were the only Afro funk band to ever come out of Liberia ...more...
JAZZ COMMUNITY – Revisited
JAZZ COMMUNITY – Revisited
CD & LP: Sonorama C-109/ L-109
A compilation of lost tracks by the Zurich based Sextet “Jazz Community”. One of the most important Post-Bop and Modal Jazz bands from Europe, that featured the exceptional brass section of Hans Kennel (tp, flh), Paul Haag (tb) and Heiner Althaus (ts). Their most celebrated tracks from the rare LP’s "Jazz Community" and "Il Topo" are on one album. All recordings produced in 1979 at the studio of Bruno Spoerri and in 1983 in concert at The Club in Rubigen, Bern. Lovingly restored and remastered in 2018, available on vinyl LP and as a 6-Page Digipack CD/ Digital Release with four additional recordings. ...more...
WERNER MÜLLER ORCHESTRA – Feuilleton In Jazz
WERNER MÜLLER ORCHESTRA – Feuilleton In Jazz
10inch LP: Sonorama L-108
Symphonic Jazz at its finest and a rare musical find from post-war Berlin. Unknown performances of the orchestra under the direction of Werner Müller, recorded April 1960 and September 1961. Excellent crossover of Westcoast, Hard Bop, Modern Classical and Blues. Most of the tracks composed exclusively for the occasion, such as “Blues In Studio 7” (Helmut Brandt), “Ouverture in Jazz” (Klaus Wüsthoff) and “Feuilleton in Jazz” (Peter Sandloff). Another exciting new chapter of Progressive Jazz in Germany. Exclusive 10inch vinyl LP & Digital featuring Müller`s most advanced recordings ...more...
WERNER MÜLLER ORCHESTRA – Jazz Mutations
WERNER MÜLLER ORCHESTRA – Jazz Mutations
LP: Sonorama L-107
Symphonic Jazz at its finest and a rare musical find from post-war Berlin. Unknown performances of the orchestra under the direction of Werner Müller, recorded September 1961 at the studio of Hochschule für Musik. Excellent crossover of Westcoast, Hard Bop, Modern Classical and Blues. Most of the tracks composed for the occasion, such as “Jazz Suite” (Robert Farnon), “Jazzific 59/16” (Julien Francois Zbinden) or “Jazz Mutations” (Helmut Brandt). They open up an exciting new chapter of Progressive Jazz in Germany. Exclusive Vinyl LP & Digital featuring Müller`s most advanced recordings ...more...
SECOND DIRECTION – Four Corners & Steps Ahead
SECOND DIRECTION – Four Corners & Steps Ahead
CD & LP: Sonorama C-106/ L-106
A reissue of the rare Jazz, Funk & Fusion Library LP “Four Corners“ by Second Direction. A project of the saxophonist and flutist Fritz Münzer, produced in 1976 by “Joy Unlimited” founder Klaus R. Nagel at Tonstudio Bauer in Ludwigsburg. The new release includes six additional recordings from the band’s second unreleased album from 1978, entitled “Steps Ahead“. A long play-CD and 2LP-Set, including the great Jazz Funk tracks “Steamer“, Steps Ahead“, “Keep Going“ plus the Brazilian tinged Jazz dancers “Flying Carpet Ride“ and “Four Corners”, carefully restored from the master tapes. ...more...
JAZZ ROCK EXPERIENCE – Let Yourself Go
JAZZ ROCK EXPERIENCE – Let Yourself Go
CD & LP: Sonorama C-105/ L-105
Previously unreleased live and studio sessions from 1969/70. Transeuropean Jazz by Bruno Spoerri`s and Hans Kennel`s sextet and octet “Jazz Rock Experience” from Zurich. Deep brew of electrified Jazz-Funk, spiritual sounds, folk music from Eastern Europe and free improvisation. Original material plus vibrant versions of Leadbelly, James Brown and Eddie Harris, featuring a.o. Spoerri (el-ts and ss), Kennel (tp), D. Lee (el-pi, clavinet and vibes), R. Waeber (g), J. Haefeli (fl and perc) and others. New sleeve notes by Bruno Spoerri - 6-Page-Digipack CD with three bonus tracks. ...more...
MANFRED BURZLAFF - Berlin Jazz Soundtracks
MANFRED BURZLAFF – Berlin Jazz Soundtracks
LP: Sonorama L-104
Previously unknown hard bop and cool jazz from Berlin Image Films of the 1960s, transferred from the original master tapes. All music by composer, vibraphonist and pianist Manfred Burzlaff (1932-2015), a true master of harmonies, inventing improvisational concepts and experiments somewhat comparable to the famous style of the Clarke-Boland Sextet. Burzlaff was one of the best European vibraphonists and a great arranger, which is not just a sentence being said because he doesn't live anymore! Vinyl-LP exclusive & digital, with unseen photos and nice obituary by Tatjana Wulfert ...more...
ELSIE BIANCHI TRIO – At Seiler`s Atlantis
ELSIE BIANCHI TRIO – At Seiler`s Atlantis
10inch LP: Sonorama L-103
Exclusive vinyl release! Impossible to find modern jazz 10inch LP from 1962 with an international reputation for being one of the most wanted collectors` “phantoms”. First reissue in its original format, with nine precious recordings from the Atlantis Club at Klosterberg in Basel: Elsie on piano/ accordion/ vocals, with Siro Bianchi on bass/ clarinet and Kenny Schmidt on drums, swinging in between songs of the American Songbook - “Stormy Weather”, “No Moon At All”, “Canadian Sunset” - and original material “Atlantis Blues” or “Baron Lazar”. 1:1 replica of this private pressing with original designs ...more...
ELSIE BIANCHI TRIO – At Chateau Fleur De Lis
ELSIE BIANCHI TRIO – At Chateau Fleur De Lis
CD & LP: Sonorama C-102/ L-102
Recently unearthed tapes from the estate of Elsie Bianchi, recorded 1968 at Chateau Fleur De Lis in Atlanta/ Georgia. Unknown repertoire of her Swiss trio, with Elsie and Siro Bianchi performing on instruments they otherwise never recorded with: hammond organ, tenor saxophone and flute - including “Now`s the Time” “Swingin` Shepherd Blues” and even a French sung version of “Take Five”. Probably the final and last issued music of Elsie Bianchi, mastered for 6-Page-Digipack-CD and limited vinyl LP with insert, including new sleeve notes and many unknown photos from the late 1960s ...more...