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Albert Mangelsdorff

Primary Instrument: Trombone

Born: September 5, 1928 | Died: July 5, 2005    

Albert Mangelsdorff

Trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff pioneered the art of jazz polyphonics, introducing to the avant-garde the symphonic tradition of playing multiple notes simultaneously. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, on September 5, 1928, Mangelsdorff grew up enthralled by jazz, devouring his older brother Emil's record collection.

His uncle, a professional violinist, gave him music lessons as a teen, but the rise of the Third Reich forced him to keep his passion for jazz in check. Over time Mangelsdorff taught himself guitar, but following World War II he managed to acquire a used trombone in exchange for cigarettes he often played for audiences comprised of the American soldiers who remained stationed overseas, finally performing to crowds who shared his appreciation for jazz. Word of Mangelsdorff's prowess on the trombone soon reached his fellow musicians, and in 1952 he made his recording debut in support of saxophonist Hans Koller....
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  • Live
    Ayler Records
    2008
  • Originals Vol.2
    Ayler Records
    2008
  • Originals Vol.1
    Ayler Records
    2008
  • Triplicity
    Skip Records
    2005
  • Music For Jazz Orchestra
    Ayler Records
    2003
  • Die Opa Hirchleitner Story
    Ayler Records
    2002
  • Three Originals - Never Let It End • A Jazz Tune I Hope • Triple...
    Ayler Records
    1995
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