FRIEDHELM SCHÖNFELD TRIO • "Los Caribos" / "Kontakte Der Drei"

by Black Pearl Records

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    First vinyl release ever of these two songs, quality sound pressing, with mastered audio material from original master tape.

    Includes unlimited streaming of FRIEDHELM SCHÖNFELD TRIO • "Los Caribos" / "Kontakte Der Drei" via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Amazing unique piece of afro cuban Jazz from East Germany, called "Los Caribos", which was produced in 1978, after a very inspiring concert tour of the Friedhelm Schönfeld Jazz Trio in Cuba.
The B-side features a deep, cinematic, strong new classical & abstract music influence, big gaps with tension parts and strong 
drum-work-jazz tune, that sounds quite futuristic for it´s time.


Friedhelm Schönfeld is one of the most known progressive Jazz musician & composer of the former East-Germany era, who is still active untill today. Since 1960 he was one of the permanent members of the Broadcast Jazz Big Band of Berlin. He founded and played in the Saxophon Sextett in the mid 60´s and not much later in the early 70s with his own Trio, together with Klaus Koch and Günter "Baby" Sommer.

As he was on a concert tour in Cuba with this Trio in 1977, he visited a lot of music-sessions in Havana and Santiago de Cuba of many very famous afro cuban Jazz giants, like Chucho Valdes and Irakere, Grupo Monumental or Los Van Van. 
He felt so inspired by these tribal afro cuban & driving rhythms in the combination with Jazz, that he simply decided to write a song in this latin style in his own interpretation, when he is back in East Germany.

In the year 1978 it was possible for him to record that unique piece of cuban jazz he wrote and that he called "Los Caribos", played in a different trio line-up with Dieter Keitel on drums & Reinhard Walter on piano, and as a homage of an unforgetable and inspiring time, that he has spent in Cuba.
Never before the afro cuban music influence and the exotique vibe was that well presented in an east german jazz tune.

The B-side features a very different composer-side of Friedhelm Schönfeld, his trio together with the Erben String Quartet, an astonishing deep cinematic drama jazz tune, with a strong new classical influence. Abstract formed drum-breaks meeting big string abysms, action parts and then again big valleys of tension. The whole musical song structure and atmosphere is presented in soundtrack vague chaser style and sounds quite futuristic for it´s time.

The Black Pearl is more than proud to let all Afro-Cuban-, Bossa-Jazz- and Cinematic Drama Jazz lovers, enjoy these unique East German Jazz tracks, that are released for the 1st time ever!


released November 30, 2017

Aufnahmen Rundfunk der DDR 1978/79
Tonmeister: Kurt Agt (A Seite), Bernd Wefelmeyer (B Seite)
Tonfinalisierung / Mastering: audiomoto & Faible Tonstudio 2017
Grafische Gestaltung: Maurice Göldner

Black Pearl Records 2017


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Two longtime record diggers Tom & Roskow decided finally to fullfill their dream and to form the record label Black Pearl Records to share musical knowledge gained through 20 years of recorddigging experience and from their neverending search for the "right & perfect track".
Their ambition: to give people the opportunity to partizipate this musical circle and to spread great music they discovered!
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