This funny little song from the early 1960s even manages to mix patriotic feelings for the city of Hamburg with Brazilian Bossa Nova. It seems strange but it does make sense considering that Hamburgers always prided themselves to be very cosmopolitan. Hummel Hummel is a traditional greeting among people from Hamburg.
Karl-Heinz Loges held the position of staff arranger and conductor for Radio Hamburg for many years. He also wrote music for films and was probably best known to the general public for the themes to the the German TV series “Hallo Nachbar” and “Lotterie”.
This cash-in version of Chris Barber´s 1959 hit coupling of Petite Fleur/ Wild Cat Blues, recorded by The Dixieland Wild Cats, an anonymous group, was both published by the budget label Baccarola and the Bertelsmann record club. I already posted another version by Kid Orbis on the Delta super-budget flexi-label in 2012.
Petite Fleur was an international hit in 1959 and spearheaded the popularity of the Trad-Jazz movement in Europe. Sidney Bechet, who wrote and first recorded Petite Fleur in 1952, wasn´t able to share the late success of his song. He died in Paris on May 14, 1959.
I really do like these budget versions, especially the rhythm section on Wild Cat Blues. The vibraphone, the bass and the guitar, add a dynamic, slightly more modern touch to the standard early 1920s chug-chug-chug rhythm of the original. I also dig the novelty ending:
Some late reference to the football word cup in Brazil. Bought this last year at a flea market in Hamburg. It´s from the early 1960s, when SABA was still a variety label, and before it focused purely on jazz. No information online about this record or the artists. As usual, it has never been reissued in any format in fifty years.
Nice easy listening Herbie Mann-style bossa nova…
Found this in the 50 cent bin of a local thrift store recently. Sleeveless, but still in okay condition. Here´s all the information that I could find about this mysterious, completely forgotten group.
- Bert Landers was a Berlin band leader who recorded a great number of records for various German labels, but mainly for the budget Tip. He also recorded under the name of Berth von Landers und sein High Society Orchester. I assume that The Bertlanders-Starband is actually the studio orchestra of Bert Landers in one of its earliest formations.
- The Bertlanders-Starband are: Heinz Wulfestieg – trumpet; Karl Wolfgang Wiesenthal – trumpet; Bert Button – trombone; Dieter Siebert – alto-sax; Volkmar Schmidt – tenor-sax, Detlev Clausen – piano; Joachim Gilow – bass; Kurt Giese – drums
- Alto-Saxophonist Dieter Siebert might be identical with 20th-century classical music composer Wilhelm Dieter Siebert (1931-2011). His Wiki-resume mentions that he played Jazz in the late 50s.
- I further assume that Volkmar Schmidt is saxophonist, clarinetist and orchestra leader of East-German groups Gruppe Schmidt, Schulz & Co., Orchester Volkmar Schmidt and Volkmar Schmidt Combo.
- Drummer Kurt Giese later became a producer for North German radio (NDR) and arranged Chet Baker´s “Last Great Concert” in 1988 in Hannover, two weeks before Baker´s death.
- Trumpet solo on Franz Grothe´s Mitternachts-Blues by Karl Wolfgang “Charley” Wiesenthal.
These four tracks, exclusively recorded by Opera – Europäischer Phonoclub, have not been reissued in 50 years.
Yah-dah! is a nicely up-dated version of one of the earliest Jazz recordings,Yah-de-dah, first recorded in 1917 by the Frisco Jass Band.
Martin Mordecai Slavin (1922-1988) was one of Britain’s top vibraphone players and a prolific session musician. He moved to Vancouver, Canada in 1966 and later settled in Hollywood. In the mid-80s he returned to the UK and played occasional freelance dates, until he was killed in a road accident.
More 1960s charleston tunes by Martin Slavin and his Gang (of studio musicians, I´d guess) on the British Oriole label. Or rather charleston mixed with rock´n´roll. I just love how the mixture manages to completely destroy both styles. They don´t work as jazz tunes and they don´t work as rock songs either. Most likely that´s why nobody has cared to reissue them in 50 years.
But who cares what they are, when the result is so damn funny…
Hazy Osterwald, the undisputed King of Swiss pop and jazz music, died in 2012 at the age of 90. Without ever trying very hard, even I have collected a bunch of his records. This promotional record, made for a brand of men’s safety razors, has never been reissued.
For obvious reasons….
This record was meant for private education at home and was part of a 12-piece box set that was issued by Opera-Europäischer Phonoclub record club in the early 1960s. The majority of the set is about classical music, but there´s one 45 about early electronic music, one about gospel and only this one about jazz.
This is an early German example of academic re-evaluation of what was formerly considered low, vulgar, popular culture. I think, as comprehensible and well meaning it might have been to turn pop culture it into an academic discipline, it has always led to lessen its impact.
Even though not intended, at least in this case we were left with a pretty funny record:
Analyse: Prof. Paul Douliez, Dr. Karl Richter
Sprecher: Wolfgang Wendt
Tontechnik: Kurt Rapp
„Ist der Jazz Massenhysterie? Suggestion? Oder Entfesselung der unterdrückten Individualität? Musik der Freiheit oder der Disziplin? Gehört er zur Etikette der Snobs, oder bedeutet er harmloses Verspieltsein der Fans? In jedem Fall, was der Jazz zu geben vermag, geschieht spontan aus einer magischen Verbindung der Instrumente, ihrer Spieler und Hörer. Ob Ekstatik… oder intellektuelle Abstraktion,… diese Musik ist ein Kennzeichen unserer Zeit.“
I also found another version Opera issued with grey labels:
De tiener-band, “the teenager-band”, is actually a children´s choir led by Paula van Alphen, backed by Harry Bannink´s orchestra.
“Come and grab your mom´s washboard and join the teenager-band!”…
Unfortunately it is not noted who did the drawings for the sleeve and the booklet, there is however a small illegible signature on the front, that reads like Fj. Wijnen:
Because it fits the theme, here´s the story of jazz told for children from the German children´s book Das Karussell from 1966. Again, the drawings are not credited.