28 October 2006
THE MPS RHYTHM COMBINATION & BRASS - POWER PLAY
A roaring monster of a big band set this is the MPS Rhythm section and Brass arranged ,conducted and featuring Peter Herbolzheimer.Recorded live at Domicile in Munich in 1973 this was released by MPS in the USA as a single lp set although the European issue was a double and called "My Kind Of Sunshine".It's never made a re-issue of any type and this post is ripped from the US issue.
Have a read of the sleeve notes and get Timbales Caliente,What'd I Say,Senor Blues or Wade in the Water on at full blast-but be prepared to be blown out of your seat!
'This is the kind of orchestra which used to be called a power house band-it radiates power and vitality!Roaring brass,thunderous rhythms,a whole lot of different sounds-a real power house full of music.And presiding over it all ,a man with a trombone,hair flowing over his collar-tough,sure of himself,a mountain of a man-PETER HERBOLZHEIMER.
He is the boss,principal composerand arranger for an ensemble which is unlike anything else in the world.Four trumpets,three trombones,one man on saxaphone and flute and a rhythm section normally consisting of six.They play a kind of jazz which makes virtually all other big bands sound old fashioned and a brand of rock which the specialist groups can only dream of.
The organ goes wild,the flute soars above the virtuoso accompaniment of the congas,the bongos,the rest of the percussion and the bass guitar;the ring of the trumpets carry the melody along-the overall effect is overwhelming.There are elements of rock and macumba,shades of gospel services and even voodoo rites ,but the real idols here are figures like Bird and Diz and all the other gods of jazz world.When the improvisation begins theres no pop - just bop!'