Saturday, March 24, 2018

GÜNTER LENZ SPRINGTIME – Roaring Plenties (L+R Rec. – LR 40.005/LP-1980)




Label: L+R Records – LR 40.005
Format: Vinyl, LP / Country: Germany / Released: 1980
Style: Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Recorded live April 24/25, 1979 at Wilhelmsbad, Hanau as part of the Wilhelmsbader Produktionen for the TV-Series "Focus On Jazz".
Artwork – Günther Kieser
Photography By [Cover Photo] – Mara Eggert
Photography By [Liner Photo] – Anno Wilms
Engineer – Charly Morell
Producer – Wolfgang Vogel and Günter Lenz
Distributed by Bellaphon Records Germany
Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A): LR 40 005 - A SST
Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B): LR 40 005 - B SST

A1 - Children Of The Night   (Bob Degen) ........................................................... 8:28
A2 - The Bear Is Gone   (Günter Lenz) ................................................................ 6:45
A3 - Roaring Plenties   (Günter Lenz) .................................................................. 4:25
B1 - Do Not Tear The Posters Down   (Günter Lenz) ........................................ 12:15
B2 - Speed Freak   (Frank St. Peter) ................................................................... 8:30

Personnel:
Günter Lenz – bass (leader, producer)
Frank St. Peter – alto saxophone, clarinet, flute
Leszek Zadlo – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Johannes Faber – trumpet
Bob Degen – piano
Joe Nay – drums, percussion



Berlin Jazz Festival in 1979 "Mingus Memorial", the tribute to Charles Mingus, the great black bassist who has just passed away. Drummer Danny Richmond had a stunning performance. 
In addition to well-known names organizer took his chance and  brought fresh wind into this memorial concert: by the Frankfurt bassist Günter Lenz and his group "Springtime"......

"Roaring Plenties"; Günter Lenz and Springtime - Johannes Faber (trumpet), Frank St. Peter and Leszek Zadlo (saxophones), Bob Degen (piano), Joe Nay (drums), Günter Lenz (bass); L + R Records LR 40.005 (distribution: Bellaphon).
"Not a copy, but subconscious respect must be spoken there," says the knowledgeable record producer Horst Lippmann, because the letters "L + R" (records) stand for the organizer team Lippmann + Rau. Lenz and his people pay homage to the spirit and not the letter on this record as they did in Berlin. In addition to the moving death suit "The Bear Is Gon" leads mainly the main part of the record, "Roaring Plenties", in the center of Mingus music; not least by the pun of the title. As Dixieland, Weill-Touch and Blues clichés are mounted here, this really has something of the wild twenties, tastes like plenty of "Roaring Twenties". The twelve minutes of "Do Not Tear The Poster Down" begin with an elongated melody that echoes bebop phrases, and they end with a reef that has evolved from a bass figure and drives the piece to its end, mercilessly, relentlessly and with that power that gives one the belief in a conception and its correctness...



If you find it, buy this album!

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