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Power Drummer

Jazzclub by Universal 06025 1730452



1. Attention
2. Drum-Organ
3. Yeah Man
4. A Happy Afternoon
5. Locomotion
6. Wiener Blues
7. La Belle
8. Dear Charles
9. Woe's All Over Me
10. Handicraft
11. Scratches
12. Y Luego
13. Senor Hoche
14. Special Delivery
Charly Antolini – Drums
Conny Jackel – Trumpet (tracks 1, 3)
Gerhard Lachmann – Trombone (tracks 1, 3)
Joki Freund – Tenor sax
Bernd Fischer – Alto sax (tracks 1, 3)
Johnny Fiegl – Baritone sax (tracks 1, 3)
Dieter Reith – Piano, organ, synthesiser (tracks 1-4, 14)
Peter Witte – Bass (tracks 1-4)
Shake Keane – Trumpet, flugelhorn (tracks 5-9)
Jiggs Whigham – Trombone (tracks 5-9)
Wilton Gaynair – Tenor sax (tracks 5-9)
Francis Coppieters – Piano (tracks 5-9)
Karlheinz Kastel – Electric guitar (tracks 5-9)
Werner Dies – Electric bass (tracks 5-9)
Jean Warland – Bass (tracks 5-9, 10-12)
Ack van Rooyen – Trumpet, flugelhorn (tracks 10-12)
Dusko Goykovich – Trumpet (tracks 10-12)
Rudi Fusers – Trombone (tracks 10-12)
Heinz von Hermann – Tenor sax, soprano sax, baritone sax (tracks 10-14)
Herman Schoonderwalt – Baritone sax (tracks 10-12)
Armin Rush – Organ, piano (tracks 10-12)
Siegfried Schwab – Guitar (tracks 10-12)
Bernie Prock – Percussion (tracks 10-12)
Lee Harper – Trumpet, flugelhorn (tracks 13, 14)
Klaus Osterloh – Trumpet, flugelhorn (tracks 13, 14)
Hermann Breuer-Capri – Trombone (tracks 13, 14)
Bernd Rabe – Alto sax (tracks 13, 14)
Jesse Tanksley – Piano (track 13)
Wolfgang Schmid-Grandy – Electric guitar, electric bass (tracks 13, 14)
Gary Todd – Bass (tracks 13, 14)
Andy Witte – Drums, percussion (tracks 13, 14)

The back cover of this CD says "Original recordings 1966-1980". This is a period which dates itself more than most others in jazz. It conjures up visions of bustling music used in the soundtracks for films and TV programmes about people solving crimes and righting wrongs. The trendy rhythms included the boogaloo (typified in Locomotion) and the bossa nova (as in La Belle).

So that’s the sort of music you get on this compilation but the main attraction is drummer Charly Antolini, born in Switzerland but resident in Germany. These tracks were all recorded in Germany, and many of the musicians are German, although you can also hear such Brits as trumpeter Shake Keane and tenorist Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair on some tracks. As Antolini is the star, we get lots of percussive fireworks – which may bore some people but are a joy for those who like jazz that excites. Charly calls his own band Jazz Power and he’s a big man with a big sound.

Many tracks could be dismissed as sophisticated soundtrack music but there are good solos from many of the musicians, and the ensembles give the impression of a big band despite the comparatively small number of players on most tracks. And Antolini is such a versatile drummer that I can certainly recommend this album to fellow-drummers, who will appreciate Charly’s exceptional talents. You can savour his brilliant technique with brushes (on such tracks as Drum-Organ) as well as sticks. As an extra inducement, the CD is in the "Jazzclub" series of albums at budget price.

Tony Augarde


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