LP/ Digital
”Take A Look Outside” (Sono-111)
Unearthed Afro Funk album 1985
September 27, 2019
Exclusive Vinyl LP
Helmut Brandenburg Orchestra
”Babylon A.M.C.” (Sono-112)
Library Jazz Funk LP 1978
October 30, 2020
LP/ Digital
Fitz Gore & The Talismen
"Soundmagnificat" (Sono-113)
Spiritual Jazz LP 1976
November 27, 2020

KAPINGBDI – Take A Look Outside
KAPINGBDI – Take A Look Outside
LP: Sonorama L-111
This is the fourth, and until now, unreleased album by Kapingbdi, a six-piece band from West Africa, which billed itself as “African Jazz-Funk-Rock from Liberia”. It is a skilful mix of African and Western elements, with a spiritual heart and dynamic grooves. In January 1985 and shortly before the group disbanded, they recorded nine tracks for an aborted LP project at Masterpiece studio in Detroit, U.S.A. In 2019 the music was carefully remastered from the original 24-track master tape. For Kapingbdi, music is not for its own purpose, but serves to carry a message born of the African experience and perspective, intended for all people ...more...
KAPINGBDI – Born In The Night
KAPINGBDI – Born In The Night
CD & LP: Sonorama C-110/ L-110
Kapingbdi came together in Liberia, West Africa, during the late 1970’s and had their own unique style. This six to seven-piece band played original compositions in a vibrant mix of African Rhythms, Soul, Spiritual Jazz, Funk and Rock. Led by Kojo Samuels on sax, flute and vocals “Born in The Night” presents the essential tracks from their rare studio LPs produced between 1978-1981, carefully remastered in 2019 for vinyl LP and a 6-Page Digipack CD, which includes two additional recordings. Kapingbdi toured through Europe and the U.S. and were the only Afro funk band to ever come out of Liberia ...more...
CD & LP: Sonorama C-109/ L-109
A compilation of lost tracks by the Zurich based Sextet “Jazz Community”. One of the most important Post-Bop and Modal Jazz bands from Europe, that featured the exceptional brass section of Hans Kennel (tp, flh), Paul Haag (tb) and Heiner Althaus (ts). Their most celebrated tracks from the rare LP’s "Jazz Community" and "Il Topo" are on one album. All recordings produced in 1979 at the studio of Bruno Spoerri and in 1983 in concert at The Club in Rubigen, Bern. Lovingly restored and remastered in 2018, available on vinyl LP and as a 6-Page Digipack CD/ Digital Release with four additional recordings. ...more...
10inch LP: Sonorama L-108
Symphonic Jazz at its finest and a rare musical find from post-war Berlin. Unknown performances of the orchestra under the direction of Werner Müller, recorded April 1960 and September 1961. Excellent crossover of Westcoast, Hard Bop, Modern Classical and Blues. Most of the tracks composed exclusively for the occasion, such as “Blues In Studio 7” (Helmut Brandt), “Ouverture in Jazz” (Klaus Wüsthoff) and “Feuilleton in Jazz” (Peter Sandloff). Another exciting new chapter of Progressive Jazz in Germany. Exclusive 10inch vinyl LP & Digital featuring Müller`s most advanced recordings ...more...
LP: Sonorama L-107
Symphonic Jazz at its finest and a rare musical find from post-war Berlin. Unknown performances of the orchestra under the direction of Werner Müller, recorded September 1961 at the studio of Hochschule für Musik. Excellent crossover of Westcoast, Hard Bop, Modern Classical and Blues. Most of the tracks composed for the occasion, such as “Jazz Suite” (Robert Farnon), “Jazzific 59/16” (Julien Francois Zbinden) or “Jazz Mutations” (Helmut Brandt). They open up an exciting new chapter of Progressive Jazz in Germany. Exclusive Vinyl LP & Digital featuring Müller`s most advanced recordings ...more...
SECOND DIRECTION – Four Corners & Steps Ahead
SECOND DIRECTION – Four Corners & Steps Ahead
CD & LP: Sonorama C-106/ L-106
A reissue of the rare Jazz, Funk & Fusion Library LP “Four Corners“ by Second Direction. A project of the saxophonist and flutist Fritz Münzer, produced in 1976 by “Joy Unlimited” founder Klaus R. Nagel at Tonstudio Bauer in Ludwigsburg. The new release includes six additional recordings from the band’s second unreleased album from 1978, entitled “Steps Ahead“. A long play-CD and 2LP-Set, including the great Jazz Funk tracks “Steamer“, Steps Ahead“, “Keep Going“ plus the Brazilian tinged Jazz dancers “Flying Carpet Ride“ and “Four Corners”, carefully restored from the master tapes. ...more...
CD & LP: Sonorama C-105/ L-105
Previously unreleased live and studio sessions from 1969/70. Transeuropean Jazz by Bruno Spoerri`s and Hans Kennel`s sextet and octet “Jazz Rock Experience” from Zurich. Deep brew of electrified Jazz-Funk, spiritual sounds, folk music from Eastern Europe and free improvisation. Original material plus vibrant versions of Leadbelly, James Brown and Eddie Harris, featuring a.o. Spoerri (el-ts and ss), Kennel (tp), D. Lee (el-pi, clavinet and vibes), R. Waeber (g), J. Haefeli (fl and perc) and others. New sleeve notes by Bruno Spoerri - 6-Page-Digipack CD with three bonus tracks. ...more...
MANFRED BURZLAFF - Berlin Jazz Soundtracks
MANFRED BURZLAFF – Berlin Jazz Soundtracks
LP: Sonorama L-104
Previously unknown hard bop and cool jazz from Berlin Image Films of the 1960s, transferred from the original master tapes. All music by composer, vibraphonist and pianist Manfred Burzlaff (1932-2015), a true master of harmonies, inventing improvisational concepts and experiments somewhat comparable to the famous style of the Clarke-Boland Sextet. Burzlaff was one of the best European vibraphonists and a great arranger, which is not just a sentence being said because he doesn't live anymore! Vinyl-LP exclusive & digital, with unseen photos and nice obituary by Tatjana Wulfert ...more...
ELSIE BIANCHI TRIO – At Seiler`s Atlantis
ELSIE BIANCHI TRIO – At Seiler`s Atlantis
10inch LP: Sonorama L-103
Exclusive vinyl release! Impossible to find modern jazz 10inch LP from 1962 with an international reputation for being one of the most wanted collectors` “phantoms”. First reissue in its original format, with nine precious recordings from the Atlantis Club at Klosterberg in Basel: Elsie on piano/ accordion/ vocals, with Siro Bianchi on bass/ clarinet and Kenny Schmidt on drums, swinging in between songs of the American Songbook - “Stormy Weather”, “No Moon At All”, “Canadian Sunset” - and original material “Atlantis Blues” or “Baron Lazar”. 1:1 replica of this private pressing with original designs ...more...
ELSIE BIANCHI TRIO – At Chateau Fleur De Lis
ELSIE BIANCHI TRIO – At Chateau Fleur De Lis
CD & LP: Sonorama C-102/ L-102
Recently unearthed tapes from the estate of Elsie Bianchi, recorded 1968 at Chateau Fleur De Lis in Atlanta/ Georgia. Unknown repertoire of her Swiss trio, with Elsie and Siro Bianchi performing on instruments they otherwise never recorded with: hammond organ, tenor saxophone and flute - including “Now`s the Time” “Swingin` Shepherd Blues” and even a French sung version of “Take Five”. Probably the final and last issued music of Elsie Bianchi, mastered for 6-Page-Digipack-CD and limited vinyl LP with insert, including new sleeve notes and many unknown photos from the late 1960s ...more...
CD & LP: Sonorama C-101/ L-101
Amazing modern jazz from the estate of composer, arranger and baritone saxophonist Helmut Brandt, recorded March 1963 at Haus des Rundfunks in West Berlin - featuring Benny Bailey, Herb Geller, Nat Peck and Ack van Rooyen. One-off concert of mostly unknown Brandt compositions played by eleven soloists from Berlin radio orchestras, including “Boogie Waltz”, “Opus C-Moll 794”, “Ferien-Suite” in six movements plus Jerry van Rooyen`s lost tunes “Trifi” and “Stellar”. Forgotten work by one of the key figures of cool and modal jazz in Germany, CD and digital album come with two additional tracks ...more...
VA Cool Europa
CD & LP: Sonorama C-100/ L-100
Unique compilation and 100th release in the catalogue of Sonorama Records - file under: cool, modern, hard bop, modal! Fourteen previously unknown tracks recorded 1959-63 in West-Germany by some of the best European jazz artists of the time, featuring Barney Wilen, Francy Boland, Rolf Kühn, Joki Freund, Attila Zoller, Fats Sadi, Roland Kovac, Rolf Ericson, Michael Naura and countless others. All tunes picked from collectors` archives, carefully mastered for 2LP-Gatefold and Longplay Digipack-CD with new sleeve notes and artist photos by Susanne Schapowalow and Hans Harzheim ...more...
JAZZ QUINTET 60 – The Last Call
CD & LP: Sonorama C-99/ L-99
Hidden treasure coming to light: restored and newly mastered album full of unreleased music from Copenhagen by the godfathers of Danish modern jazz, fluidly playing hard bop to American standards - fresh, highly creative and cleverly arranged. Final chapter in the history of a legendary band recorded 1962-1963, featuring Allan Botschinsky, Niels Husum, Bent Axen, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Bjarne Rostvold. Transferred from reel-to-reel tapes found in the collection of Niels Husum, with photos provided by Allan Botschinsky - limited vinyl LP and digipack-CD with four additional tracks ...more...
CD & LP: Sonorama C-98/ L-98
New album of previously unreleased music recorded 1962 at Auditorium Maximum/ Freie Universität in Berlin. Austrian genius Friedrich Gulda on piano and baritone saxophone, leading a 13-piece, top-shelf, lineup of players. Sparkling modern jazz in front of an excited audience, including Parker`s “Anthropology”, Monk`s “Round About Midnight” plus original material by Gulda and Riedel, with world premiere of “Music For Three Soloists And Band”. “It is the rhythmic drive, the risk, the absolute contrast to the pale, academic approach I had been taught”. (Friedrich Gulda in New York Times) ...more...
Hans Koller And Friends
HANS KOLLER & FRIENDS - Big Sound Koller
CD & LP: Sonorama C-97/ L-97
Unique material by one of the most important European postwar jazz musicians being released here for the first time. Tenor saxophonist Hans Koller and his “Big Sound” recorded live in Hamburg 1961. In addition to his classic quartet, Koller invited six brass players to the set, making arrangements sound more colorful and rich. Great modern jazz featuring Ack Van Rooyen, Rudi Flierl, Klaus Mitschele and Rolf Schneebiegl, with Karlhanns Berger on the piano chair. “Big Sound Koller was a real sensation, exhibiting honesty, straightforwardness and musical imagination” (Jazz Podium magazine) ...more...
VARIOUS ARTISTS – Big Deal ! Weinberger Funk Library 1975-79
CD & LP: Sonorama C-96/ L-96
Killer funk compilation full of highlights from the music archives of Josef Weinberger Ltd. in London, pulled from the most famous library albums on labels like JW (Josef Weinberger/ Theme Music), IA (Impress) or PM (Programme Music). First selection of 16 lost tracks by Toni Campo, Midas Touch, Trevor Bastow, Sidney Dale or Vick Flick, oscillating between jazz-funk, soul music, proto techno and eastern-tinged disco, with open drum breaks, fat bass lines and plenty of horns/ wah wah/ organs/ vibes/ flutes/ electronic effects. Recorded from the master tapes for 6-Page-Digipack-CD and limited vinyl LP ...more...
LUCKY THOMPSON - Bop & Ballads
CD & LP: Sonorama C-95/ L-95
Newly discovered sessions released here for the first time: Ten recordings by one of the greatest saxophonists of his generation, American jazz master Lucky “Eli” Thompson with the Michael Naura Trio, Quintet and guests in Hamburg 1959 and 1960. Small and larger group improvisations with the melodic sound of Lucky on tenor and soprano sax, featuring Heinz von Moisy, Hajo Lange, Jimmy Gourley, Wolfgang Schlüter and Hans Koller. From hard bop to soft ballads, all light, fluffy, intimately personal and with a lyrical bebop approach. “Lucky was a hell of a saxophone player” (Miles Davis)...more...
LARS GULLIN - The Liquid Moves Of Lars Gullin
CD & LP: Sonorama C-94/ L-94
“I was very impressed by Lars. He had a very melodic and liquid way of moving through the changes” (Chet Baker). Previously unknown modern jazz tracks by the legendary Swedish baritone saxophonist, recorded 1959-63 in Europe, featuring icons like Sahib Shihab, Dexter Gordon, Flavio Ambrosetti, Rolf Billberg, Nils Lindberg and others. Carefully mastered recordings from collectors` archives, ranging from quintet to octet, with new liner notes and unseen photos. CD and digital album come with three bonus tracks from Denmark: lost vocal jazz from 1960 with Lars Gullin and Erik Moseholm ...more...
THE RED BAHNIK TRIO - Goes To Santander
CD & LP: Sonorama C-93/ L-93
Soulful piano trio! First re-issue of a lost album, originally released in 1963 on a private label from Zurich with only a handful of copies known to exist. Recordings of unknown jazz pianist Red Bahnik, with John Treichler on bass and a young Mani Neumeier on drums, including unique versions of Les Mc Cann`s “Vacushna” or “Fish This Week”, Horace Silver`s “Sister Sadie” and great original material like the oriental-tinged “Fata Morgana Altamira” or the Latin tune “Santander”. Carefully remastered in 2015 for vinyl LP and CD-Digipack, comes with original artwork and liner notes ...more...
CD & LP: Sonorama C-92/ L-92
The great bassist Oscar Pettiford live in Hamburg 1958, second chapter. Fine mélange of modern mainstream, cool jazz and hard bop, with Jimmy Pratt (dr), Hans Koller (ts), Dusko Goykovich (tp), Michel Hausser (vib), Attila Zoller (g), Roger Guerin (tp) and Armin Rusch (p), Comes as carefully mastered longplay-CD and 2-LP vinyl set (gatefold), including photos of the event by Susanne Schapowalow and new liner notes by Arne Reimer, with Goykovich and Hausser sharing their memories of the time. Certainly Pettiford`s best recorded live performance on the European scene in excellent sound quality!...more...
CD & LP: Sonorama C-80/ L-80
Lost jazz files: Recently discovered treasures from the world renowned „German ambassador of jazz“, trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff from Frankfurt/ Main. Unique modern jazz and hard bop recorded in the late 1950s and early 60s featuring Joki Freund, Hans Koller, Peter Trunk, Heinz Sauer, Günter Lenz and many more big names from the German scene. Collection of nine unknown tunes, sadly forgotten or previously unreleased, including „Improvisation zu einem Klang“, „Tower Blues“, „Jo-Jo Blues“ or „Joe und Joe“. New sleeve notes, careful audio restoration and mastering for CD and LP...more...
BREW MOORE - Live In Europe 1961
CD & LP: Sonorama C-91/ L-91
The music presented on this album for the first time was recorded in the year when West Coast tenorist Brew Moore immigrated to Europe. He arrived in Paris and played with renowned drummer Kenny Clarke at “The Blue Note”, later at “Nalen” in Stockholm and for Danish TV with Scandinavian cats Lars Bagge, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen or Alex Riel. “Live In Europe 1961” features seven tremendous quartet performances from Scandinavia and France, neatly mastered, plus unseen archive photos from Denmark and new liner notes by Arne Reimer, author of “American Jazz Heroes”  ...more...
CD & LP: Sonorama C-90/ L-90
Newly unearthed live recordings of jazz bass and cello legend Oscar Pettiford and his quartet from Hamburg in 1958, featuring the great Kenny Clarke (dr), Hans Koller (ts), Attila Zoller (g) & guests in front of an excited audience. Eight tracks full of bluesy modern jazz, with a gloomy version of Friedrich Gulda`s “Dark Glow” or the cheerful “Gertberg Walk”, written by Pettiford especially for the occasion. Excellent sound quality, carefully mastered in 2015, comes with new liner notes and unseen concert photos from the same evening. Oscar at his best, passing the message of jazz as it was received!  ...more...
GREETJE KAUFFELD – Young Girl Sunday Jazz
CD & LP: Sonorama C-89/ L-89
New compilation showcasing some great early works by the outstanding Dutch jazz singer, featuring 16 lost songs from the 1960s - short, soulful and to the point. Contains incredibly tight versions of „Fever“, „Love For Sale“, „Handful Of Soul“ or „Almost Like Being In Love“, with the deep tenderness of Greetje Kauffeld and renowned jazz masters such as Rolf Kühn, Tony Vos, Ingfried Hoffmann, Cees Slinger, Wolfgang Schlüter and Jan Huydts. Carefully remastered in 2015 for Vinyl-LP and 6-Panel-Digipack-CD, including many previously unknown finds from the artists` private collection  ...more...
LP: Sonorama L-88
Sought after jazz and funk from the sound library of Edizioni Musicali Devega/ Milano: “Vinyl only” reissue of all important tracks from Angel Pocho Gatti`s promotional album “Turbomusic” produced in 1981, plus other lost funk treasures from his 70s Devega repertoire. Eleven nuggets of Italian library music between big band funk and Bossa rhythm, with whirling horns, wild flutes and buzzy synth lines - inspired and occasionally framed by sounds of Formula 1. First collection of lost recordings by the outstanding Argentinian composer, arranger and pianist, carefully remastered in 2015  ...more...
Four Brothers
CD & 2LP: Sonorama C-87/ L-87
Previously unreleased studio concert from Hamburg in 1960, featuring four jazz saxophone legends: Lucky Thompson (ss/ ts), Barney Wilen (ss/ ts), Helmut Brandt (bars) and Bent Jaedig (ts), recorded with the quartet of Dr. Roland Kovac (p) in a unique workshop. Excellent blend of Modern, Bebop, Cool and Progressive: Eighty minutes of full ensemble pieces in a sound made famous by Giuffre`s “Four Brothers”, plus musical essays in small groups. Superb session produced by Hans Gertberg, mastered in 2015, including vintage cover artwork by designer Guenther Kieser  ...more...
SUSANNAH MCCORKLE – Adeus / The Berlin Concert
CD: Sonorama C-86
Exceptional musical legacy of one of America`s greatest yet misunderstood songbirds: jazz singer Susannah McCorkle (1946 - 2001) and quartet live in Berlin 1996, recorded at the pinnacle of her career in front of an enthusiastic audience. “Susannah McCorkle is in the forefront!” (Tony Bennett, 1986). Finest songs from her repertoire, mastered from lost tapes recently discovered in the archives of S. Schmidt-Joos, with K. Rautenberg (p & arr), W. Gauchel (ts), D. King (b) and N. Irving (dr) - 6-Panel-Digipack CD, new sleeve notes and unknown photos - her first live release!  ...more...
THE REMO RAU QUARTET – At The Cafe Africana
LP: Sonorama L-84
Impossible to find hard bop LP! From the collection of Elsie Bianchi comes this exciting Swiss jazz album, originally released 1961 in a micro run of approx. 150 copies on a private label. Composer, arranger and vibraphone player Remo Rau (1925-1987) recorded directly “on the spot” with R. Anselmi (p), R. Pierre (b) and A. Bally (d) at the legendary “Cafe Africana” in Zurich. Exclusive 1:1 vinyl reissue - the first and only recorded trace of Rau`s fascinating modern jazz activities, original material and pieces by Mobley, Porter and Kern, with original cover design and sleeve notes  ...more...
ROLF KÜHN – Stop Time !
CD & LP: Sonorama C-85/ L-85
First release of a previously unknown album from the personal archives of “clarinet bird” Rolf Kühn, recorded 1962 in Hamburg. Outstanding modern jazz and hard bop session featuring Klaus Doldinger (ts), Ingfried Hoffmann (org/ p), Cees See (d) and Herman Schoonderwalt (b), with plenty of tunes made famous by Horace Silver, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis or Thelonious Monk - all arranged by Kühn. CD and LP commemorating the 85th birthday of Rolf Kühn, carefully mastered in 2014, with unknown photos and new sleeve notes written by Kühn`s biographer Maxi Sickert  ...more...
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PIERRE CAVALLI – Uma Vitamina Faz Favor
CD & LP: Sonorama C-83/ L-83
Brazilian-tinged jazz and funk from Switzerland/ Italy 1972-75, recorded by European guitar legend Pierre Cavalli with the ensembles of music masters Angel Pocho Gatti and Bruno Spoerri - all original material, previously unreleased. Library- and Soundtrack-like album full of bossa breakbeat tunes, scat funk, jazz fusion and trippy interludes - with acoustic or spacey electric guitars, latin flutes, vibes, fender rhodes plus occasional vocals. 14 lost tracks from the archives of Bruno Spoerri and Nanda Cavalli, remastered in 2014 for 6-page-digipack-CD and limited vinyl LP  ...more...
CD & LP: Sonorama C-82/ L-82
Europe`s Best Jazz Singer in concert 1958-1962: Ten unreleased concert recordings and two live recording sessions of Inge Brandenburg (1929-1999). The singer live in Berlin and Frankfurt with piano trio, combo or orchestra, featuring Rolf Lüttgens Trio, RIAS Orchestra/ Werner Müller, RIAS combo and Dieter von Goetze trio. Deep vocal jazz including "S`Wonderful", "Lover Come Back To Me", "Secret Love" or "Summertime". Limited vinyl LP and 6-page-digipack CD, carefully restored and remastered in 2014, comes with unreleased archive photos and new sleeve notes  ...more...
LP: Sonorama L-81
Vinyl-LP only. First 1:1 Reissue of a highly sought after modern jazz album, recorded 1961 at the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, originally pressed in a small edition and impossible to find today. German jazz masters Rolf Kühn (cl) , Wolfgang Schlüter (vib) and Horst Jankowski (p) join forces with members of the Erwin Lehn orchestra, Conny Jackel (tp), Bernd Rabe (as), Peter Witte (b) and Ferry Tagscherer (dr). Beautiful recording session full of original material and unique arrangements of standards. Careful analogue mastering plus original cover artwork and sleeve notes  ...more...
HANS KOLLER – Minor Meetings 1958
CD & LP: Sonorama C-79/ L-79/ LP SOLD OUT
From collectors` archives: Rare or previously unreleased 1958 recordings of “The Hans Koller New Jazz Stars” at the peak of their art, restored from radio tapes and original EPs. Lost work by one of Europe`s leading tenor saxophonists from the Golden Age of cool and modern jazz, feat. A. Mangelsdorff (tb), H. Reinhardt (bars), P. Trunk (b), H. Hammerschmid (p), R. Sehring (dr) - with Zoot Sims (ts) guesting on two tunes (“Zoot Meets Hans”) plus Hans Koller playing in the Orchestra of Eddie Sauter. Comes on vinyl LP and 6-Page-Digipack CD with two unheard bonus tracks.  ...more...
TOBY FICHELSCHER – Busting The Bongos
CD & LP: Sonorama C-78/ L-78
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  ...more...