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Helmut Brandt Orchestra
”Spree Coast Jazz” (Sono-101)
Lost Modern Jazz 1963
June 16, 2017
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Elsie Bianchi Trio
”At Chateau Fleur De Lis” (Sono-102)
Unearthed Modern Jazz 1968
September 22, 2017
Exclusive 10inch LP
Elsie Bianchi Trio
”At Seiler`s Atlantis” (Sono-103)
Reissue of 1962 LP
September 22, 2017
CD only: Sonorama C-24
VARIOUS ARTISTS – THE SONORAMA EP COLLECTION
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Track
Performer
Composer
Time
01
Wordless Blues
Ray Christoph`s New Sound
Christoph
2:21
02
Neptune`s Walk
Orchestra Pete Jacques
Jacques
2:18
03
Happy Samba
Mark Murphy & Louis Van Dyke Trio
Bonfa
3:04
04
Baby I Love You
The Kadri Six Feat. Lamia
Shannon
3:01
05
By The Help Of You And Me
Ray Christoph`s New Sound
Christoph *
3:30
06
Hard Work
Orchestra Pete Jacques
Ullrich
3:15
07
Cold Sweat
The Kadri Six Feat. Lamia
Brown/Ellis
3:19
08
Soul Organ
Ray Christoph`s New Sound
Köck
3:24
09
Summertime
Mark Murphy & Louis Van Dyke Trio
Gershwin
3:29
10
Love Cage
Orchestra Pete Jacques
Kiessling
2:53
11
The Very First Day
Ray Christoph`s New Sound
Christoph
3:50
12
Fever
The Kadri Six Feat.
Davenport/Moesser
2:48
13
The Lady Is A Tramp
Mark Murphy & Louis Van Dyke Trio
Rodgers
3:02
14
Scotch & Soda
Orchestra Pete Jacques
Jacques
2:31
15
I Got A Feeling
The Kadri Six Feat.
Brown
2:30
16
Woe`s All Over Me
Orchestra Rob Pronk
Pronk **
4:58
17
The Windmills Of Your Mind
Mark Murphy & Louis Van Dyke Trio
Legrand
2:33
18
Computerlichter/ Wordless Blues Instr.
Ray Christoph`s New Sound
Christoph
2:18
File under: Soul Jazz, Dancefloor Jazz, Bossa Beats, Mod Sounds, Sister Funk

Tracks 1., 8., 11. & 18. recorded 1969 in Munich, produced by Hans Wewerka
Track 2. recorded 1974, produced by Pete Jacques
Track 3., 9., 13. & 17. recorded 1974 in Hilversum, produced by Joop de Roo
Track 4., 7., 12. & 15. recorded 1969 (unknown source)
Track 6., 10. & 14. recorded 1970, produced by Pete Jacques

* peviously unreleased bonus track, recorded 1969 in Munich, produced by Hans Wewerka
** bonus track, recorded 1968 at Blaricum, produced by Joop De Roo
Sonorama Records between 2005 and 2007 showed  various jazz-based directions, European musicians were experimenting with at the time between 1968 and 1974.  


The EPs contained music for DJs and collectors, that has not been available before, pulled from rare 7inches, deleted LPs or producers` archives. All 16 tracks are included on this CD, plus two bonus tracks, that have not been available in any format until today. Thanks to Mark Murphy, Pete Jacques, Hans Wewerka and Joop De Roo for their constant support and for making this rare selection happen.

“EP” (Extended Play) is an english expression for a 7inch vinyl record including 4 tracks, a good value item of the 50s and 60s and the first marketing adaption of the LP. The small EP-format increased the mobility and made the music from LPs not only compatible for the 7inch DJs but also for the single-players and jukeboxes of the time. Some EPs of the 70s were also used as an addition to the total playing time of the LP, like Stevie Wonders` “Songs In the Key Of Life” incl. a bonus EP entitled “A something`s extra”. When more and more independent labels appeared on the scene, the small record companies and their audiences experienced a revival of the EP and the seldom seen format is still alive until today.  


Included EPs/ tracks:

Orchestra Pete Jacques – Hard Work EP (Sonorama S-04)
For decades, Pete Jacques travelled Scandinavia and Germany as a hugely successful composer, arranger and pianist – a genius behind the jazz and library music scenes of the 60s and 70s. This EP features 4 tracks of tripped-out funky grooves, all from the sound library orchestra of Pete Jacques. The tunes all have a really great funky soundtrack feel - tight, but plenty hard grooving - and filled with great horn bits, heavy percussion, and some sweet 70s bits that make the whole thing feel like it was pulled off of some rare session by Quincy Jones or JJ Johnson. Titles include "Scotch & Soda", "Love Cage", "Hard Work", and "Neptune's Walk", recorded in the early 70s and originally included on the very rare Lps “Scotch & Soda” (Fan), “Wonderland of Sound” (as Rainbow Orchestra/ MfP) and “Mood Music Factory” (Brull-Library). The master tapes for this unique release were kindly provided by Joachim Tautz from the archives of Brillant Musik - rare library funk, never re-released before.

Ray Christoph`s New Sound – Wordless Blues EP (Sonorama S-07)
Scatting grooves from late 60s Germany -- a wonderful batch of tunes from unknown singer Ray Cristoph and his band, served up in a mix of funky, bossa, and modal-styled grooves! "Wordless Blues" is a tune as great as it sounds -- with Ray riffing out in the lead vocally, as organ and bass roll around in a fast-tempo jazzy groove that's very nice! "The Very First Day" is a straighter vocal track, with Ray actually singing lyrics -- but still has a hard-rolling sense of freedom that keeps up the pace – both tracks originally released on a top rare 7inch (Orange label), that most funk DJs would sell their grannies for. the 7inch cuts are followed by two funky instrumentals, the excellent "Computerlichter" (in fact an instrumental version of “Wordless Blues”) and "Soul Organ", both tracks pulled from the archives of producer Hans Wewerka and previously unreleased. The additional “By The Help Of You And Me” was traced in the Wewerka archives recently and is included here as an unreleased bonus track.

Mark Murphy & Louis Van Dyke Trio – Happy Samba EP (Sonorama S-15)
Rare vocal work from the legendary Mark Murphy, one of the world's greatest jazz vocalists of the 20th century. A six-time Grammy nominee in the US, he has enjoyed a prolific 40-year recording career, with over 40 releases to date. The tracks from this EP were recorded in Europe in 1974 and stand out as some of his grooviest work of the decade. Dutch radio producer Joop De Roo invited Mark to the VARA Studios Hilversum and shelved the recorded tracks for inclusion into the programme “Metro`s Midnight Music”. As you might guess from the Samba title of the EP, most tracks here are taken with a bit of a Brazilian groove -- lightly dancing bossa nova served up by the trio of pianist Louis Van Dyke, and sung by Murphy with a wonderfully flowing sound. Titles include "Happy Samba", "Summertime", "The Lady Is A Tramp", and "The Windmills Of Your Mind" - and in case you're wondering, this material isn't on the Metro's Midnight Music full length set released on Sonorama Records in October 2006.  „After these sessions, I remember that I flew back home six feet high above the plane“ (Mark Murphy, February 2006).

The Kadri Six Feat. Lamia – Cold Sweat EP (Sonorama S-19)
A late 60s German band with a Turkish female lead singer, that only released one completely vanished album under the name of Kadri Six Feat. Lamia and disbanded immediately after. Four rare tracks on one EP, that stands out as the essence of the Kadri`s only recording session in 1969 - all in a groove that's pretty darn funky, and which is really an odd sort of take on the bad-sister soul sound of the time. Their trademark sound is meant to be “real” and “alive”: There's a definite James Brown influence going on with the group - but the sound is also oddly different too - played in a stripped-down combo mode that has the electric bass very high up in the mix, next to scattershot drums that wail away quickly underneath horns that blast out with a slightly "Eastern" sort of feel. The record's a strange mix of modes that's a lot more compelling than just simple soul covers of the time -- and it features great covers of James Brown's "Cold Sweat" and "I Got The Feeling"  - plus very unique takes on "Fever" and "Baby I Love You". + Jazz Orchestra Rob Pronk – “Woe`s All Over Me” (2nd bonus track/ previously unreleased), recorded 1968 at Blaricum/ NL, produced by Joop De Roo. (Compiled and annotated by Ekkehart Fleischhammer/ Sonorama, June 2007)