The Band - Live at the Schauspielhaus (Remastered) The Band

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Album-Release:
1976

HRA-Release:
11.08.2017

Label: MPS

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Big Band

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  • 1Triple Hip Trip (Live)07:36
  • 2Epitaph for a Friend (Live)11:27
  • 3Nix Tango-Time (Live)03:15
  • 4Alpen Honky-Fonk (Live)04:46
  • 5El Commendador (Live)10:37
  • 6The Mazurka (Live)06:45
  • Total Runtime44:26

Info for The Band - Live at the Schauspielhaus (Remastered)



Formed in 1972 by the four most influential Swiss jazz musicians of the period, saxophonist Flavio Ambrozetti, son trumpeter Franco, drummer Daniel Hummair, and band arranger/director, pianist George Gruntz, this 19-member orchestra was a unique mix of international all-stars. With inspired, cutting-edge compositions and an input of new blood with each new outing, what became known as The Concert Jazz Band marched at the forefront of international big bands. MPS recorded the first four albums of this historic group, which by 1978 was solely in the hands of Gruntz. Daniel Humair’s hallucinogenic Triple Hip Trip begins with American Howard Johnson on bass sax and Gruntz on synth, before moving into the theme in 6/8. Brit tenor giant Alan Skidmore and the USA’s Benny Baily take solo honors. Written in memory of Swedish trombone great Ake Persson, the somber Epitaph for a Friend features the composer, Franco Ambrosetti’s poignant flugelhorn solo, followed by American sax master Charlie Mariano on soprano and Mingus band member trombonist Jimmy Knepper. The open-ended free-for-all Nix Tango Time features Dom Um Romeo’s amazing ‘talking’ percussion and Howard Johnson’s equally vocal tuba blues solo. Flavio Ambrozetti’s Alpen Honky-Fonk testifies that you can get can get downright down and dirty in those mountains as Franco’s trumpet fills the Alpine air with funk. The forceful El Commendador features Palle Mikkelborg on flugelhorn, composer Flavio on soprano, and Eddie Daniels on flute. Gruntz’s The Mazurka combines the lively Polish triple meter folk dance with rock, contemporary jazz, and a taste of India and Mariano’s mesmerizing solo on the North Indian double reed instrument, the Nagaswaram. American Gillespie protégé, trumpeter John Faddis has the last say with a flashy solo. Another very special album of creative magic performed by George Gruntz and Co.

George Gruntz, Fender Rhodes, synthesizer
Howard Johnson, bass saxophone
Alan Skidmore, tenor saxophone
Benny Bailey, trumpet
Franco Ambrosetti, flugelhorn
Eddie Daniels, clarinet
Charlie Mariano, soprano saxophone
Jimmy Knepper, trombone
Howard Johnson, tuba
Franco Ambrosetti, trumpet
Flavio Ambrosetti, soprano saxophone
Palle Mikkelborg, flugelhorn
Eddie Daniels, flute
Jon Faddis, trumpet
Daniel Humair, drums
Dom Um Romao, percussion

Recorded March 14, 1976 at Zürich Schauspielhaus, Switzerland
16-track recording equipment by Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg, Germany
Produced and arranged by George Gruntz, Dusko Gojkovic

Digitally remastered

THE LAST WALTZ is the document of the Band's 1976 farewell performance, filmed as a documentary by Martin Scorsese, capturing the all-star concert for posterity. Sort of a rock version of "This Is Your Life," THE LAST WALTZ brought together performers from all phases of the group's career, giving them a chance to pay tribute and jam with the Band one last time. Many of the group's classics are reprised, but there are some notable standouts. Legendary Canadian rocker Ronnie Hawkins, who the Band backed in their early days as The Hawks, offers "Who Do You Love." After their tenure with Hawkins, the group went on to accompany Bob Dylan on some of his earliest electric sessions. Dylan returns the favor by performing a strong folk-blues medley beginning and ending with a fiery, rocking version of "Baby Let Me Follow You Down." Muddy Waters gives a lesson in the blues on "Mannish Boy," with the late great Paul Butterfield on harmonica. Eric Clapton offers his own polished version of the blues with a blistering "Further On Up The Road." Emmylou Harris, a highlight in any setting, duets on the gentle waltz "Evangeline." Dr. John's accurate and rousing "Such A Night" brings a bit of Mardi Gras to the proceedings. Joni Mitchell provides another pleasant change of pace, introducing her jazz-inflected sound with "Coyote," and joining in on soulful soaring harmonies with Neil Young on his classic "Helpless." Even Neil Diamond joins in on the fun, on a song he co-wrote with Robbie Robertson (who produced Diamond's BEAUTIFUL NOISE). Although not the last track on the disc, the Dylan-led all-star rendition of the Band/Dylan classic "I Shall Be Released" is the emotional climax of one of the most important performances in contemporary music.

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