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John McLaughlin Quartet
Quartier von Quasimodo, Berlin

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November 9, 1968 (b) (3 items; TT = 36:59)
Quartier von Quasimodo, Berlin
Source/Quality: aud (B)

John McLaughlin (g); Donata Höfer (p); Peter Kowald (b); John Stevens (d)

1 Unknown Title 13:23
2 Unknown Title 16:12
3 Unknown Title 7:24

The first Total Music Meeting took place on November 7-10, 1968 at the Quartier von Quasimodo in Berlin. The TMM, conceived as an alternative to the Berliner Jazztage usually held at the more formal Philharmonie, was organized by the musicians themselves, including Brötzmann, Kowald, Hampel, Alexander von Schlippenbach, and Jost Gebers. Apparently "Peter Brötzmann and his Free Big Band" were booked for the 1968 Jazztage, but Brötzmann refused to comply with the Philharmonie dress code, and he was replaced by Don Cherry's Big Band, which performed Cherry's "Eternal Rhythm" on the evening of November 9.

This appears to have been a one-off session involving musicians from a number of different groups. This TMM included the following groups: the Peter Brötzmann Nonet with Manfred Schoof (tpt), Paul Rutherford (tb), Brötzmann, Evan Parker, and Willem Breuker (ts), Fred Van Hove (p), Buschi Niebergall and Peter Kowald (b), and Han Bennink (d); the Globe Unity Orchestra; Gunter Hampel's Time is Now Group with Hampel (vb, fl), McLaughlin (g), Arjen Gorter (b), Laurie Allen (d), and Roel Koes (electronics, g), joined by guests Sonny Sharrock and Pharoah Sanders; the Donata Höfer Group with Höfer (p, vln), Jost Gebers (b), and Manfred Kussatz (d); the Manfred Schoof Quintet with Schoof (tpt, flh), Michel Pilz (bcl), Alexander Von Schlippenbach (p), Buschi Niebergall (b), and John Stevens (d); and the Spontaneous Music Ensemble with Stevens, Trevor Watts (as, fl), and Maggie and Carol-Ann Nichols (voc).

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