1. Albert Mangelsdorff (tb) with 4-brothers Sax-tet: Hans Koller, Joki Freund, Don Menza, Willi Sanner (saxes), Pepsi Auer (p), Gary Peacock (b), Rudi Sehring (dr), recorded 07.06.1957 at HR-Sendesaal in Frankfurt/ Main (German Jazz Festival) 2. Albert Mangelsdorff (tb), Emil Mangelsdorff (as), Joki Freund (ts), Dusko Goykovich (tp), Pepsi Auer (p), Peter Trunk (b), Rudi Sehring (dr), recorded 1959 in Germany, location unknown, originally released on 7inch vinyl (Neckermann & Bella Musica) 3. Albert Mangelsdorff (tb), Emil Mangelsdorff (as & fl), Joki Freund (ts & ss/ arr), Heinz Sauer (ts), Günter Kronberg (bs & as), Günter Lenz (b), Ralph Hübner (dr), recorded 06.1963 in Germany,location unknown 4. & 8. Albert Mangelsdorff (tb), Fred Christmann (tp), Attila Zoller (g), Werner Twardy (p), Peter Trunk (b), Hans Last (b), Karl Sanner (dr), Glenn Buschmann (cl) recorded 21.02.1958 at Radiohalle Hamburg 5. Albert Mangelsdorff (tb), Karl Blume (bs), Hajo Lange (b), Heinz von Moisy (dr), recorded 22.01.1960 at Radiohalle Hamburg 6. Albert Mangelsdorff (tb), Heinz Sauer (ts), Günter Kronberg (as), Günter Lenz (b), Hartwig Bartz (dr), recorded 02.06.1962 at HR-Sendesaal in Frankfurt/ Main (German Jazz Festival) 7. Albert Mangelsdorff (tb), Conny Jackel (tp), Fred Christmann (tp), Joki Freund (Sousaphon), Pepsi Auer (p), Peter Trunk (b), Rudi Sehring (dr), recorded 23.05.1958 at HR-Sendesaal in Frankfurt/ Main (German Jazz Festival) 9. Albert Mangelsdorff (tb) with the rhythm section of Kurt Edelhagen, recorded 02.1955 at Pfalzbau in Baden-Baden, announcement by Joachim-Ernst Berendt.
Autumn 2014. Jazz aficionados and record collectors meet, listen to old tapes and swap music files. They are enthusiastic about private recordings or vinyl singles by trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff (1928-2005) from Frankfurt am Main. Lists are assembled from a variety of more and less reliable sources. They serve the basis for this CD and LP compilation "Mainhattan Modern". That way some lost or completely unknown recordings become available for the first time in a remastered format, finally saved for posterity. Mangelsdorff is regarded as the true pioneer of German jazz and still represents its biggest successes. Already ten years after the war, he is the first German jazz musician who attracts international attention due to his unique style. To this day, his skills and dedication make him a role model for countless trombonists. The high individual level of playing, which Mangelsdorff and his sidemen already achieve in the 1950s and 60s, can be heard on these newly discovered recordings from studios and concert halls.
In the same year, Polish jazz musicians invent the expression of "Frankfurt Sound" at the Zopot festival, as a description for the particular jazz style of the Main metropolis. This refers to the sounds of Albert Mangelsdorff and his brother Emil on trombone and alto saxophone. They play an original abstraction of American “cool” aesthetics, with innovative arrangements by tenor saxophonist Joki Freund, including two or three horns and rhythm section. In 1958 Albert Mangelsdorff performs in Newport and leads the newly formed "Jazz Ensemble des Hessischen Rundfunks", featuring the best German jazz bassist Peter Trunk, favorite bassist of almost all American soloists in Europe. On top of that the trombonist plays in his own quintet in 1960, which also includes three horns, bass and drums, and as the "best German jazz musician" with the European Allstars. Already at this time he performed hundreds of concerts in Germany and in countries of the Middle East, in North Africa, Poland or Greece.
Then the exceptional trombonist invents a technique called "multiphonics", the unique polyphony of trombone sound and human voice. He hums a note while playing a second one and certain intervals include an additional chordal overtone. In Germany he receives the Federal cross of merit (“Bundesverdienstkreuz”) and plays at home and abroad for over half a century. His career extends over 50 years, with seminal recordings between modern and free jazz, and an impressive discography including countless records as a leader and sideman on labels such as EMI, MPS, Mood or FMP. In 2005 the "ambassador of German jazz" died in his hometown of Frankfurt, as one of the very few German jazz musicians with an international reputation. "Because of his total commitment, he has become what he is today, the most important trombonist in jazz and one of the most treasured musicians this country has produced." (Fritz Rau in Bruno Paulots "Albert Mangelsdorff Gespräche", 1999)
IN MEMORY OF ALBERT
Reserach, production and sleeve notes: Ekkehart Fleischhammer, sound restoration and mastering in 2014:
Roskow Kretschmann, Audiomoto Berlin, frontcover photo of Albert Mangelsdorff by Benno Walldorf
(L+R Musikarchiv), other photos used by friendly permission of L+R Musikarchiv and Jazzinstitut Darmstadt,
cover artwork: Patrick Haase. Thanks to Stephan Steigleder, Klaus Scholz, Roskow Kretschmann, Claas Brieler,
Jazzinstitut Darmstadt and L+R Musikarchiv in Eisenach.