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Busting The Bongos

   Artist: Toby Fichelscher
Label: Sonorama (Germany)
Orig. Released: 1957-60
Catalog No.: LPSONOL78
Condition: Sealed-Reissue
Format: LP (1.2)

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Description
Percussive hard bop, Afro-Cuban and modern jazz recordings by Berlin bongo player, singer and beatnik Toby Fichelscher, from 1960 with the quintet of vibraphonist Manfred Burzlaff feat. the young drummer Joe Nay. Discovery of unknown tapes by the enigmatic German jazz singer, percussionist and two-time poll winner. Long-lost music from the films "Tobby", "Shadows" and "Max Knaak" (producer: Hansjürgen Pohland) plus "On Chano's Track" in the powerful style of Chano Pozo. Unique document from the existentialist jazz scene in Berlin before the wall was built.
Track Titles
01 Intro - At The Riverboat *Burzlaff/ Fichelscher 4:06
02 Fashion Trip Burzlaff 2:13
03 My First Blues I Fichelscher 3:36
04 The Cool Scene I Burzlaff 4:05
05 Shadows *Burzlaff 3:46
06 My First Blues II **Fichelscher 2:03

01 Night Shift I Burzlaff 4:28
02 On Chano`s Track *** Fichelscher 3:15
03 The Cool Scene II Burzlaff 2:25
04 With Cash Like This ****Fichelscher/ Charles 4:22
05 Fashion Trip (Max Knaak) Burzlaff/ Fichelscher 2:09
06 Night Shift II – Outro *Burzlaff/ Fichelscher 2:21


 

Liner Notes
“BUSTING THE BONGOS” PRESENTS PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN TAPES WITH FILM MUSIC AND PHOTOS FROM THE YEAR 1960, PROVIDED FROM THE BERLIN ARCHIVES OF MANFRED BURZLAFF, HANS JüRGEN POHLAND AND JAN GEORGE - THE LOST SOUNDS OF "JAZZ PHANTOM" TOBIAS "TOBY" FICHELSCHER (1927-1992). TOBY BELONGED TO THE LEADING GERMAN JAZZ MUSICIANS OF THE 1950S. AS A REGULAR GUEST HE SANG AND PLAYED AT THE GERMAN JAZZ FESTIVAL AND WAS A TWO-TIME POLL WINNER. THROUGH HIS PERFORMANCES IN MANY BERLIN CLUBS, IN LEGENDARY VENUES SUCH AS THE "RIVERBOAT" HIGH ABOVE THE FEHRBELLINER PLATZ OR THE "EIERSCHALE" AT THE BREITENBACHPLATZ, HE HELPED TO MAKE JAZZ POPULAR AGAIN AFTER THE WAR. TOBY PERFORMED WITHOUT FLUENT ENGLISH AS A BLUES AND JAZZ SINGER, SCATTED AND PLAYED THE BONGOS IN THE POWERFUL STYLE OF HIS ROLE MODEL, THE AFRO-CUBAN PERCUSSIONIST CHANO POZO ("ON CHANO'S TRACK"). BEFORE THE BERLIN WALL WAS BUILT, HE WAS ALSO KNOWN IN THE LOCAL JAZZ SCENE AS AN ECCENTRIC "5-FINGER BOOGIE PIANIST '. THE MAN REGULARLY APPEARED IN THE CLUBS OF BERLIN WITH THE BAND OF VIBRAPHONIST MANFRED BURZLAFF. HERE, EVEN THE YOUNG AND THEN-UNKNOWN JAZZ DRUMMER JOE NAY COULD MAINLY BE HEARD WITH TOBY FICHELSCHER AND THE QUINTET OF MANFRED BURZLAFF. FOR THE RECORD COMPANY BERTELSMANN FICHELSCHER SANG SOME ROCK 'N' ROLL SONGS. IN ADDITION A FEW OF HIS BLUES AND JAZZ RECORDINGS HAVE BEEN RELEASED ON VINYL EPS BY LABELS LIKE BRUNSWICK AND AMIGA.
Musicians
TOBY FICHELSCHER (BONGOS/ PERCUSSION/ VOCALS), MANFRED BURZLAFF (DEAGAN VIBRAPHONE), JOE NAY (DRUMS), HERBERT PUTZLER (BASS), JOSEPH JANIK (GUITAR), LOTHAR BEHR (TENOR HORN), * PLUS PETER REINKE (ALTO SAX), ** TOBY WITH THE FIRESTONE DIXIE JAZZBAND, *** TOBY WITH GüNTER WILK (PERCUSSION),**** TOBY WITH JOE NAY AND FRANCIS CONRAD CHARLES (CONGAS AND VOICE), „INTRO“ INCLUDES PERCUSSION WORK BY THE YOUNG DANIEL SECUNDUS „DANNY“ FICHELSCHER AND FRIENDS. MUSIC & SPOKEN WORD FROM THE FILMS “TOBBY”, “MAX KNAACK” AND “SCHATTEN, PRODUCED BY HANSJüRGEN POHLAND ALL TRACKS RECORDED 1960, EXCEPT TRACK 8 RECORDED 1957. TRANSFERRED FROM THE MASTER TAPES, PROVIDED FROM THE ARCHIVES OF MANFRED BURZLAFF, HANSJüRGEN POHLAND AND JAN GEORGE. RECORDING ENGINEER: PETER GENéE (EXCEPT TRACKS 2, 5, 8 AND 11: RECORDING ENGINEERS UNKNOWN). SOUND RESTORATION, EDITING AND MASTERING IN 2013 AT AUDIOMOTO, BERLIN.