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    An exhilarating all-brass ensemble fronted by unsung East German bandleader Manfred Schulze. Though this 1988 LP release would seem to be riding the windy coattails of the World Saxophone Quartet, Schulze -- who died in 2010 -- had been working this territory since the late 1960s. Using a full range of sounds and harmonies, not to mention the gift of sonic surprise, this quintet generates stunning, stately songs out of thin air. ... more
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B-A-C-H 15:42
Viertens 12:47


All compositions by Manfred Schulze.


released May 20, 1988


"The Viertens pieces reinforce the view that this was one of the most radical, yet underappreciated, groups to emerge from the GDR." -- Rubberneck

"Incisive notated passages and intriguing improvisational strategies; imagine ROVA with George Lewis sitting in." -- Bill Shoemaker, JazzTimes

"Schulze has been working with avant-garde, all-horn groups since 1969, and this tremendous CD [FMP 087] shows the results. Schulze structures his music splendidly, with orchestral architecture and lots of group-oriented developmental processes. But he also pilots this quintet into awesome feats of full-bore sound, from the very subdued to very subversively intense." -- CODA

Manfred Schulze Bläser Quintett
Manfred Schulze: baritone saxophone
Manfred Hering: reeds
Dietmar Diesner: reeds
Heiner Reinhardt: reeds
Johannes Bauer: trombone

Recorded by Jost Gebers on July 19th, 1986, at the FMP-Studio in Berlin.

CD mastering by Jonas Bergler/Olaf Rupp.
Produced by Jost Gebers.

Cover design by Manfred Kussatz.
Photographs by Dagmar Gebers.

Release note: Two of the original LP's four tracks were previously released on CD, FMPCD 87: www.fmp-label.de/fmplabel/catalog2/fmpcd087.html.


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