Albert Mangelsdorff

Live in Tokyo

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Champion trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff was taped live at a concert in Tokyo with what was then his regular quartet. There's a very nice blend between the leader's agile but smooth horn and the somewhat more gnarly tenor sax of Heinz Sauer, who tosses in rhythm and blues licks in much the manner of Archie Shepp. The rhythm section provides an open, loose, and flowing feel to the four extended pieces. Most of the second side is given over to "Mahusale," a piece improvised spontaneously by the members of the group and an excellent example of this kind of musical activity.

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