• real ax band Just Vibrations - Live At the Quartier Latin, Berlin (CD, £11.50)

    Forty years ago, in April 1978, the legendary German/African formation REAL AX BAND appeared in the similarly legendary Club Quartier Latin in Berlin. Now Sireena Records is releasing this concert for the first time, following the wishes of many fans of the band, which, as we all know, always reached their peak on stage. All titles on this CD are unpublished! For decades, the Quartier Latin was one of the most important venues for jazz, rock, fusion and blues in Berlin (today it is named again Wintergarten as in the 1920s). Since 1976, bassist Toffi Mache and drummer Marlon Klein have been touring German clubs and halls with a wide variety of jazz, rock and soul ensembles, making sure that audiences and event organisers prick up their ears at festivals such as Vlotho "Umsonst & Draussen". It all started when Dieter Miekautsch (piano) and singer Maria Archer, both formerly with the group Embryo, came to the Real Ax Band after a one-year stay in Africa. The band was complete with guitarist Otto Gwiasda. The five together developed a dance music, in which compact arrangements are replaced by elongated grooves; in between there are easy tunes, heavy funk to dance / join in and a samba / salsa feeling, for which the trip to Africa of the two new members was certainly not undecided. "Don't Stop / Move Your Ass In Time" is the name of the studio album that Real Ax Band released in 1977. Apart from current fashion trends, the group has developed a style that jazz rock and concert friends immediately call Real Ax Sound. The best advertisement for a new album then and now are concerts, many concerts. The Real Ax Band was ready for this and continued to travel the following months. They defied the then popular New Wave / Punk zeitgeist and pulled off their thing. Hard times for music individualists. By the time Marlon Klein was one of the founding members of the internationally highly-acclaimed world music project DISSIDENTEN in 1980, it was over with the Real Ax Band. There was no more studio album. Sireena Records is proud to have saved the current recordings, which were brought up to date by Marlon Klein in his studio to the present state of the art. Another document from a great musical time. Tracklisting:    You  Really Shouldn't Act Like This /  Everyone I Know/  Someone Else In My Skin    Dreitag Der Freizehnte /  Waiting /  Sammelsurium Brimborium in Aquarium Est /  Just Vibrations

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