Page Two (Remastered) New Jazz Trio

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Label: MPS

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Free Jazz

Artist: New Jazz Trio

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  • 1Currents04:33
  • 2Feathered Friends05:31
  • 3... And Accents04:11
  • 4Sunmoonata05:44
  • 5Ludus Totalis05:05
  • 6Dolbi03:07
  • 7Open Zoo07:02
  • 8Portraits04:22
  • 9Hommage05:06
  • 10Absolute02:59
  • Total Runtime47:40

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With the addition of a string quintet, The New Jazz Trio’s ‘second page’ expands on their first MPS album, Page One, by ingeniously melding the heady experimentation of the classical Avant-garde with the exuberant spontaneity of free jazz. For Schoof, the overall musical interaction rather than the individual solos had precedence. He specified that, “on every track all musicians played spontaneously.” Yet soloistic passages weave in and out of a music that ranges from Ornette-like free jazz blanketed by the string section’s “white noise” in Currents, the pointillist Feathered Friends, the frenetic…And Accents, the Mysterioso Sunmoonata, the frenzied Ludus Totalus, a deliriously jazzy Dolbi, the otherworldly Open Zoo, the receptive free-for-all of Portraits, the pulsating insistence of Hommage, on through to the intense drive of Absolute. This was a daring album for its time, one that has maintained its sense of urgent relevancy for nearly a half century.

In 1970, three of Europe’s leading first-wave Avant-gardists united to form the New Jazz Trio. They personified the movement of modern jazz towards a freer more exploratory direction. German trumpeter Manfred Schoof felt at home with the exquisite simplicity of Mal Waldron as well as the cyclonic free play of Peter Brötzmann, maneuvered through the mainstream jazz currents of the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band and the outré experimentation of The Global Unity Orchestra. German bassist Peter Trunk and Dutch drummer Cees See were like musical freethinkers.

Manfred Schoof, cornet, flugelhorn
Peter Trunk, bass, cello
Otello Liesmann, cello
Cees See, drums, percussion
Johannes Fritsch, viola
Manfred Niehaus, viola
Cristel-Renate Wüstenbecker, violin
Koenraad Ellegiers, violin

Recorded January 1972 at Rhenus Studio, Godorf, Germany
Engineered by Gerd Rautenbach
Produced by Cees Cee, Manfred Schoof, Peter Trunk

Cees Cee
(born 5 January 1934 in Amsterdam, † December 9, 1985) was a Dutch jazz drummer and percussionist. The self-taught first played with the Dutch band The Miller and Jack Sels, Herman Schoonderwalt, Rob Madna, Pim Jacobs, Kenny Drew, Donald Byrd, Wolfgang Dauner and Dusko Goykovich. He became known in the second half of the 1960s as a member of the quartet by Klaus Doldinger. He then played in the New Jazz Trio by Manfred Schoof, but also took up with Olaf Kübler and with Volker Kriegel. He founded his own Perkussionistenquartett, was the first jazz drummer in the Netherlands, who taught at a conservatory, and published the treatise "The drums in jazz." In 1956 he was briefly married to singer Corry Brokken.

Peter Trunk
(born 17 May 1936 in Frankfurt am Main, † 31 December 1973 in New York City) was a German jazz musician (bass, bass guitar, cello), composer and arranger. He first played with the British trumpeter Stu Hamer and the German pianist Werner Giertz. In 1957 he accompanied American jazz stars such as the tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims and drummer Kenny Clarke, 1959 the equally famous tenor saxophonist Stan Getz and the Dutch singer Rita Reys. He was well known by the early bands of Albert Mangelsdorff, in his "jazz ensemble of the Hessischer Rundfunk" he played well. In the early 1960s he was house bassist of the Berlin Jazz premises "Blue Note" (his colleagues were the Dutch and the German pianist January Huydts drummer Joe Nay). In 1966 he took part in the recordings of the music of the film Will Tremper-film Playgirl part. Under the direction of Peter Thomas can be heard on the soundtrack released on a Philips LP also Klaus Doldinger (sax), Ingfried Hoffmann (Hammond organ) and Rafi Luderitz (drums).

Later trunk was involved with Klaus Doldinger and the orchestra of Kurt Edelhagen. In the years up to his death, he played free jazz in the tradition of Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman, for example, in the new jazz trio with trumpeter Manfred Schoof and drummer Cees See.

His play on the double bass was characterized by a sonorous, full, round tone, melodic and rhythmic precision and a variety of ideas. Also noteworthy are his play on the electric bass and the cello.

In the spring of 1973, Peter Trunk founded his octet sincerely pt with the sheet set Manfred Schoof, Shake Keane and Jiggs Whigham, and the rhythm section of Jasper van't Hof, Sigi Schwab, Peter Trunk, Joe Nay, Curt Cress. He self-produced their first recordings with the new lineup. During the subsequent tour Udo Lindenberg Doldinger's Passport to replace the exchanged Curt Cress. Immediately before the second tour his tragic fate overtook him in New York he was fatally injured in New Year's Eve 1973 by a taxi driver. Trunk was from the late 1950s to 1973, one of the most significant jazz musicians on the European jazz scene.

Manfred Schoof
(born April 6, 1936 in Magdeburg) is a German jazz trumpeter (also flugelhorn, cornet) and is considered "the great romantics among the acts in Germany jazz avant-garde" (Hans Kumpf). He has also appeared as a composer. From 1990 he was professor at the Academy of Music in Cologne.

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