Friday, November 4, 2016

Attila Zoller - 1968 - Zo-Ko-Ma

Zoller - Konitz - Mangelsdorff 

01. Zores Mores
02. Feeling-in and Filling-in in Villingen
03. Ach! Tavia - Skertzo - Alicia's Lullaby
04. At Twighlite
05. Struwwelpeter
06. Alat's Mood
07. Freeline Fräulein
08. Danke for the Memory
09. Rumpelstilzchen

Lee Konitz: alto saxophone
Attila Zoller: guitar
Albert Mangelsdorff: trombone
Barre Phillips: bass
Stu Martin: drums

Guitarist Attila Zoller, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz and trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff had played with one another on earlier occasions for over a decade, but this 1968 recording was their first together though Zo-Ko-Ma is officially billed by producer Joachim Ernst-Berendt as the "Attila Zoller-Lee Konitz Quartet with guest Albert Mangelsdorff." Joined by bassist Barre Phillips and drummer Stu Martin on some tracks, a good deal of the music has an experimental feeling to it, especially Konitz's "Feeling-In and Filling-In Villingen," which feature overlapping improvisations by the three players. Zoller's easygoing waltz "At Twighlite" and Mangelsdorff's "Alat's Mood" (the latter a trombone/guitar duet) are straight-ahead arrangements, while Konitz's haunting "Danke for the Memory" is a spacy trio piece with bass and guitar. Issued on LP by MPS in Europe, this extraordinary session is long overdue to be re-released on CD.

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