May 31, 2015 – 5:20 am

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Hamburg 1971 [no label, 1CD]

Chick Corea (Circle): Jazzhouse, Hamburg, Germany; January 25, 1971. Herbie Hancock: Jazzhouse, Hamburg, Germany; August 4, 1971. Very good to excellent satellite broadcast.

Circle was an avant garde jazz ensemble active in 1970 and 1971. The group arose from pianist Chick Corea’s early 1970s trio with Dave Holland on bass and Barry Altschul on drums and percussion with the addition of Anthony Braxton in a leading role on several reed instruments. - wikipedia


Circle was a band born in a pressure-cooker. During its brief existence (roughly mid-70/mid-71), it played with an anarchic flair and a reckless drive, rare for that time. Chick Corea and Dave Holland were coming off a two-year stay with Miles Davis, in which they were his first ever full-time white band members, amid the Black Power era… Then, enter drummer Barry Altschul, a master of pulse and miniaturized mayhem on his carefully tuned percussion. A man who could float ’60s Paul Bley on the most delicate of gauze, yet drive a powerful free-jazz quartet with the most minuscule of sounds… August 1970, while Corea and Holland were still Miles’ sidemen, enter Anthony Braxton. Wildcard. A man with a musical conception which threatened never to allow him to be anyone’s sideman, and the inventor of a musically philosophical verbal jargon understood by few members of the human race. But Circle was a co-operative band, and the four members adapted fast. The music which happened in the studio suggested serious connections to the European avant-garde or the modern classical of the time, as much as free jazz. Live, anything could happen.

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Thanks to Lewojazz for sharing the tracks at Dime.

NDR Info, Jazz Night; May 10, 2015
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MPEG 1.0 Layer-2; 48,000 Hz Stereo; 320 Kbps
mp3DirectCut 2.08 > mp2

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Corea, Braxton, Holland, Altschul
Track 01. Radio Intro 0:25 (698k)
Track 02. Titelfolge - Part A 6:08 (10.3MB)
Track 03. Titelfolge - Part B 8:28 (14.2MB)
Track 04. Titelfolge - Part C 4:13 (7.1MB)
Track 05. Kelvin 406 10:20 (17.4MB)
Track 06. Radio Outro 0:40 (1.1MB)
31 mins

Anthony Braxton (ss, as, fl)
Chick Corea (p)
Dave Holland (b)
Barry Altschul (dr)

The tracks Titelfolge and Speak Like A Child have been arbitrarily split for easier access.

Herbie Hancock
Track 07. Radio Intro 0:32 (905k)
Track 08. Speak Like A Child - Part A 8:54 (15.0MB)
Track 09. Speak Like A Child - Part B 7:25 (12.5MB)
Track 10. Speak Like A Child - Part C 4:48 (8.1MB)
Track 11. Radio Outro 0:19 (544k)
22 mins

Eddie Handerson (tp, flh)
Julian Priester (tb)
Bennie Maupin (as, fl, bcl)
Herbie Hancock (p)
Buster Williams (b)
Billy Hart (dr)

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  2. Many thanks, bigo!

    By Ken on May 31, 2015

  3. awesome stuff!! thank you very much

    By mike m. on Jun 2, 2015

  4. Wow, another good one. For me, Circle was one of the more important groups of that era. With Braxton, Holland and Altschul how could it be anything but.
    And this is Hancock’s Mwandishi group before they went electric! Never knew they had a spell like this. Looking forward to listening to these.

    By treborij on Jun 2, 2015

  5. A day to remember with the Boom Booms.

    By Vancouver Jazz Fest 2015 on Jun 6, 2015

  6. After listening here’s a little more information about these tracks.

    Titlefolge is actually a piece called Q & A by Dave Holland
    And the Braxton Kelvin piece is actually 73 (degree sign, can’t get that to work on my computer)-A Kelvin

    Also Braxton plays contrabass clarinet, sopranino sax (not soprano) and clarinet.
    Toward the end of the Kelvin piece Dave Holland is playing cello.

    This is a great set. Wish there were more.

    By treborij on Jun 7, 2015

  7. hello ,
    is the recording from 1971 still available? I attended this concert when I was 21.
    still hoping for the best.


    By Michael Heinze on Mar 14, 2019

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