Quotes: Glücklich in German means “lucky”, and there´s no better word to describe the deluge of music we get from this series. XLR8R
Info: Welcome to chapter 2 of the „Glücklich“ – compilation series. This time we are not only featuring fusion made in Germany, but we´re also extending our musical terrain to Europe´s finest in jazz / fusion with a Brazilian tinge. First of we go Benelux with Sail-Joia, a band consisting of half Brasileiros, half Dutchmen/-women. „Go For The Others“, with its minimal bassline, features the Lameirinhas bros. on acoustic guitar and bass, Shawn Bergin on soprano sax and well-known session man Nippy Noyaon percussion. Next up is Cuban percussionist Nicos Jaritz With chords reminiscent of Pharoah Sanders´ “Upper Egypt Lower Egypt“ we move on: „Nil“ is the tune and percussionist and his Austrian compañeros with a cooking, rootsy batucada entitled „Otão E Eu“. This 1985 production is still a favourite of both jazz and house DJ´s.Heinz von Moisy the artist. It features Carlo Domeniconi on acoustic guitar and Manfred Burzlaff on vibes laying down great harmonies. Murzlaff has not only been popular for his excellent vibraphone playing but also for his truly progressive hairstyle on the backcover of their 1977 LP „Las Plantas“ , of which „Nil“ is lifted from. Bad!
Fender, yeah Fender! And Monika Linges! Mr. Circle from a place called Aachen in Germany and something called „Schoch-Schach“ which rides all the way through! Monika Linges and her vocal talents have recently been rediscovered and reactivated by none other than Nobukazu Takemura on his excellent „Child´s View“ LP. Also worth to mention is Mikesch van Grümmer, band-leader and keyboarder, who doesn´t turn up on many recordings, but when he does he certainly lets you know that he´s in business. Check his solo! Ximo & Judy give us a bright funky samba with „ Vou Vencer“, which still has that certain „tristeza“, inherent to many Brazilian compositions. This Brazilian duo was based near Frankfurt in the early 80´s and their band consisted of half Brazilians, half Germans. Izio Gross, who also wrote the song, is on piano and percussion. Not exactly Brazilian but nethertheless beat-heavy quality: Klaus Weiss and his percussion unit Niagara with the „Rhythm Go“. This „funky batucada“ or whatever you may call it, was recorded in 1972 and sounds way ahead of its time. Niagara´s 3rd LP „Afire“ came out on the seldom-seen Finger label. Their previous two LP´s featured well-known German rockstar Udo Lindenberg on drums! The „Flying Carpet Ride“ is probably the rarest tune of this compilation, as it never came out commercially. It was made for radio/TV commercials/breaks only. The band is called Second Direction and the soloists are Fritz Münzer with a lovely soprano sax and Karl Heinz Merkel on Fender Rhodes, who gives us great chords. A favourite.
We stick to the Fender and go to Switzerland with Emphasis, who will take us to „Vera Cruz“ with their fine rendition of the Milton Nascimento classic. „Vera Cruz“ has always been popular in terms of being covered by other bands. Also check Jayme Marques´ version. Remember „Onkel Joe“ by Catch Up on „Glücklich Vol.1“. Well, this is the original all-organic version entitled „Tante Nelly“ (= aunt Nelly), performed by pianist Joe Haider and his trio. Isla Eckinger sets the bass and Allen Blairman is on drums. „Tante Nelly“ originally came out in 1973 on „Café des Pyrénnées“ on Kick records. Hope this compilation gives you a deeper insight into Europe´s 70´s/80´s jazz/fusion scene. Whether you listen to this at home or play it out in a club, just bear in mind that this is not a bootleg. There is no point in rereleasing original music without honouring its originators at all, is there!
Rainer Trüby (Trüby Trio, formerly member of A Forest Mighty Black, DJ), April 1996