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Champion trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff was taped live at a concert in Tokyo with what was then his regular quartet. There's a very nice blend between the leader's agile but smooth horn and the somewhat more gnarly tenor sax of Heinz Sauer, who tosses in rhythm and blues licks in much the manner of Archie Shepp. The rhythm section provides an open, loose, and flowing feel to the four extended pieces. Most of the second side is given over to "Mahusale," a piece improvised spontaneously by the members of the group and an excellent example of this kind of musical activity.

Biography

Born: 05 September 1928 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff pioneered the art of jazz polyphonics, introducing to the avant-garde the symphonic tradition of playing multiple notes simultaneously. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, on September 5, 1928, Mangelsdorff grew up enthralled by jazz, devouring his older brother Emil's record collection. His uncle, a professional violinist, gave him music lessons as a teen, but the rise of the Third Reich forced him to keep his passion for jazz in check. Over time Mangelsdorff taught himself...
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