HANS KOLLER UND SEIN ORCHESTER, Tribut an SABA, 1959

trying to sell it on Ebay for 125 euros! Of course nobody will buy it. But why is a record that advertizes for the 1959/1960 SABA-Stereo Truhe, (a TV, a radio and a record player combined into a piece of furniture), considered to be so valuable?

Most probably because of the one song by Austrian jazz tenor saxophonist and bandleader one of the few  pure jazz musicians who managed to play his music after the Beatles dropped the bomb on jazz in the 60s. Most other German and Austrian jazz musicians either had to play Schlager or dropped out.

This record is also unique because it was one of the first releases produced by SABA, a German manufacturer of electronic equipment, before the company actually branched out into the SABA label. The note/fir tree symbol on the sleeve signifies the black forest where the company and the studio was located. In 1968 SABA, a variety label, was renamed to MPS, the first German label to exclusively release jazz. SABA issued three LPs by Hans Koller from 1963 to 1966. In this respect Koller´s “Tribute to SABA” , recorded in 1958 in Sandweiher near Baden-Baden, was a tribute ahead of time. 

Now you probably know by now that I´m not a jazz expert. In fact I don´t care for most of what has passed for jazz in the past 60 years. I like jazz that you cannot stand still to:  dance music.

Well, this is still sufficiently swingin`…

HANS KOLLER UND SEIN ORCHESTER, Tribut an SABA, 1958

If you like this you might want to check out an EP by Zoot Sims and Hans Koller from roughly the same time on the German Brunswick label, that Boogieman posted in April. That one really makes you wanna move!


2 Comments on “HANS KOLLER UND SEIN ORCHESTER, Tribut an SABA, 1959”

  1. boogieman says:

    Hi Andreas,

    thanks for the publicity. Nice find this EP, nver heard it before.
    Take care, cheers
    Boogieman

  2. mischalke04 says:

    Thanks, I was hoping you wouldn´t mind me linking to your site. Love the records you post! It´s always a pleasure to read you blog and I enjoy to be educated on a lot of jazz history that I missed out on. Some of the German jazz EPs that you posted are also in my collection, like the Zoot Sims/Hans Keller and the Rudi Flierl plays Earl Bostic. I´m glad you posted them before I did, because you certainly did them more justice, than I ever could.

    Best wishes
    Andreas


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