Hamburger Idylle

Albert Mangelsdorff

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Hamburger Idylle Review

by Ken Dryden

Trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff did not just gather three international all-stars for a single record date, but utilized his actual working band at the time. The musicians include German pianist Wolfgang Dauner, plus American bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Elvin Jones. Mangelsdorff rarely utilized a piano on his recordings, so its addition is a welcome departure, while Jones displays a finesse not always heard on his own recordings as he interprets the trombonist's demanding music. Highlights include his dark ballad "Street of Loneliness" and the intense arrangement of Jones' driving post-bop "Three Card Molly," which was inspired by a Transatlantic crossing during which a Venezuelan oil millionaire lost one round after another of the card game to the drummer and bassist Wilbur Little. In addition, Mangelsdorff duets with each individual musician. This is easily among the trombonist's best recordings, one that has unjustly remained out of print for far too long.

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