Heinz Von Hermann

Live in L.E.

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This recording grabs you from the get-go with its creative and challenging versions of modern mainstream jazz. Playing a mix of standards and originals, saxophonist Heinz Von Hermann leads this little-known quintet over well-traveled terrain, but manages to exude a sense of innocent excitement throughout. Along with colleagues Andy Haderer on trumpet, Erwin Schmidt on piano, Uli Langthaler on bass, and Bruno Castellucci on drums, the group manages to touch the spirit of the best hard bop. Whether it is Von Hermann or Haderer swinging from the rafters on "Ground Blues" or the sensational layering of rhythm in the worthy "Tribute to Dr. John," these fellows show they appreciate the jazz tradition and have absorbed its lessons well. With generous recording time and decent sound, this one is a winner from any angle.