Freddie Brocksieper


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Turkish-born drummer Freddie Brocksieper, nicknamed "Brocksi," is a pioneering but neglected figure from the early German jazz scene. Sometimes described as the German Gene Krupa, Brocksieper put together an excellent rhythm group in the early '40s that included Primo Angeli on piano, Josse Breyre on trombone, and Otto Tittmann on bass. This small group, billed as the Brocksi-Quartett, was a swinging dance band that recorded in Berlin for Brunswick during World War II. Globetrotter collects 24 Brunswick recordings from 1942-1943, plus two sides from a previously unissued test recording made in 1941. Most of the sides are swinging foxtrots performed by the Brocksi-Quartett, but a few cuts feature unorthodox large ensembles consisting of several trombonists and a rhythm section. The title track, "Globetrotter," is one of these, credited to the Brocksieper Solisten-Orchester. Some of the sources used in the mastering of this anthology were in poor condition, resulting in the heavy application of noise reduction, but latitude is warranted since these are rare recordings and most are presented in vibrant and natural-sounding transfers. Although Bear Family catalogs Globetrotter as an international release, and Brocksieper is an artist of some interest to world-wide collectors of European jazz, the liner notes appear only in German.

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