DIE RAGTIME SPECHT GROOVE, Gisa, 1973

DRSG-frontDRSG-C2DRSG-C3DRSG-backDRSG-40206-ADRSG-40207-BThis 45 is fitting easily  into the concept of this blog. It´s a privately pressed EP, that has never been reissued in 40 years, of four jazz tunes, recorded live at a furniture store in 1973, on the occasion of a design-exhibition.

The fact that this 45 is a promotional item makes it seem musically inferior to a proper jazz release, but it´s far from that. Band leader and pianist Hans-Jürgen “Specht” Bock  (1939-2006), bassist Klaus Schulze and drummer Slick Salzer were already seasoned jazzmen when they recorded these songs. Everything is excellent here, even down to the graphics, credited on the front to a certain hace. I especially dig the label design that doesn´t imply “furniture store”.

The Ragtime Specht Groove recorded five albums. For this EP they cover Jelly Roll Morton´s “Grandpa Spells”, Tom Delaney´s “Absent Minded Blues”, first recorded by the Dutch Swing College Band, and “Numbers Boogie” recorded by Sugar Chile Robinson. My favorite of this batch is Ragtime Specht Groove´s own original tune “Gisa”. I especially love the part when they go to a minor scale in the middle of the song and the bassist changes from playing with the fingers to a bow, Jimmy Blanton-style. And then suddenly they pick up the tempo again!

These Stuttgart cats sure were groovin´…

DIE RAGTIME SPECHT GROOVE, Gisa, 1973

DIE RAGTIME SPECHT GROOVE, Grandpa Spells, 1973

DIE RAGTIME SPECHT GROOVE, Absent Minded Blues, 1973

DIE RAGTIME SPECHT GROOVE, Numbers Boogie, 1973

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2 Comments on “DIE RAGTIME SPECHT GROOVE, Gisa, 1973”

  1. kdm says:

    The bass player of this trio is of course NOT the (more or less:) well-known KLAUS SCHULZE who composes, plays and records “electronic music”, since 1971 and until today, see his website: http://www.klaus-schulze.com
    The names “Klaus” as well as “Schulze” are among the most often used names in Germany.

  2. mischalke04 says:

    True, they´re not ot identical. This Klaus played a fine bass!


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