Albert Mangelsdorff

Albert Mangelsdorff (September 5, 1928 – July 25, 2005) was a German jazz trombonist. Working mainly in free jazz, he was an innovator in multiphonics.

Albert Mangelsdorff
Mangelsdorff in concert
Mangelsdorff in concert
Background information
Born(1928-09-05)September 5, 1928
Frankfurt, Germany
DiedJuly 25, 2005(2005-07-25) (aged 76)
Years active1948–2005
Associated actsUnited Jazz + Rock Ensemble, Hans Koller

Early lifeEdit

Mangelsdorff was born in Frankfurt on September 5, 1928.[1] He was given violin lessons as a child and was self-taught on guitar in addition to knowing trombone.[1] His brother, Emil Mangelsdorff, had a jazz record collection, but during the Nazi period Albert's enthusiasm for the music had to be restrained.[1]

Later life and careerEdit

Mangelsdorff performing in 1987
Albert Mangelsdorff performing in 1992

Mangelsdorff made his recording debut in 1952, playing with Hans Koller.[1] In the same decade, he also worked with small groups and the Dance Hesse Radio Orchestra throughout the decade.[1] As the German representative for the Newport Jazz Festival International Band in 1958, he collaborated with the American musicians Gerry Mulligan and Louis Armstrong.[1]

Mangelsdorff recorded prolifically in the 1960s, including sessions with his own quintet, his brother, and with pianist John Lewis.[1] By the time of his solo performance at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972, he was playing more free jazz.[1] "He made solo trombone – a heretofore unknown concept in jazz – a reality via multiphonics, the physically and technically demanding simultaneous blowing and singing of notes into his horn; the method opened vast new dimensions like harmonies and chords".[1]

He later worked with the NDR Big Band, Old Friends (led by Manfred Schoof), and the United Jazz + Rock Ensemble.[1] He died in Frankfurt on July 25, 2005.[1]


  • Tension (CBS, 1963)
  • Now Jazz Ramwong (CBS, 1964)
  • Animal Dance with John Lewis, Zagreb Jazz Quartet (Atlantic, 1964)
  • Folk Mond and Flower Dream (CBS, 1967)
  • Zo-Ko-Ma with Attila Zoller, Lee Konitz (MPS, 1968)
  • Albert Mangelsdorff and His Friends (MPS, 1969)
  • Open Space with Karin Krog, John Surman, Francy Boland, Niels H.O. Pedersen, Daniel Humair (MPS, 1969)
  • Wild Goose with Colin Wilkie, Shirley Hart, Joki Freund (MPS, 1969)
  • Never Let It End (MPS, 1970)
  • Live in Tokyo (Enja, 1971)
  • The End with Brotzmann, Van Hove, Bennink (FMP, 1971)
  • Couscouss de la Mauresque with Brotzmann, Van Hove, Bennink (FMP, 1971)
  • Elements with Brotzmann, Van Hove, Bennink (FMP, 1971)
  • Spontaneous with Masahiko Sato, Peter Warren, Allen Blairman (Enja, 1972)
  • Trombone Workshop with Jiggs Whigham, Slide Hampton, Ake Persson (MPS, 1972)
  • Trombirds (MPS, 1973)
  • Birds of Underground (MPS, 1973)
  • It's Up to You with Friedrich Gulda (Preiser, 1974)
  • The Wide Point with Elvin Jones, Palle Danielson (MPS, 1975)
  • Outspan No. 1 with Brotzmann, Van Hove, Bennink (FMP, 1975)
  • Solo Now with Pierre Favre, Joachim Kuhn, Gunter Hampel (MPS, 1976)
  • Trilogue Live at the Berlin Jazz Days with Alphonse Mouzon, Jaco Pastorius (MPS, 1977)
  • Tromboneliness (MPS, 1977)
  • Solo with John Tchicai (FMP, 1977)
  • A Jazz Tune I Hope (MPS, 1979)
  • Horns with Gerd Dudek, Paul Rutherford, Manfred Schoof, Kenny Wheeler (FMP, 1979)
  • Trombone Summit with Winding, Watrous, Whigham (MPS, 1981)
  • Live in Montreux! with J.F. Jenny-Clark, Ronald Shannon Jackson (MPS, 1981)
  • Solo (MPS, 1982)
  • Two Is Company with Wolfgang Dauner (Mood, 1983)
  • Triple Entente (MPS, 1983)
  • Reflections with Manfred Schoof, Wolfgang Dauner, Eberhard Weber (Mood, 1984)
  • Pica Pica with Brotzmann, Sommer (FMP, 1984)
  • Ochsenzoll with Michael Naura, Wolfgang Schlueter, Herbert Joos (Mood, 1985)
  • Hot Hut (Musikant, 1986)
  • Moon at Noon with Wolfgang Dauner (Musikant, 1987)
  • Art of the Duo with Lee Konitz (Enja, 1988)
  • Listen and Lay Back (Dino Music, 1988)
  • Rooty Toot (Dino Music, 1990)
  • Purity (Mood, 1990)
  • Dodging Bullets with John Lindberg, Eric Watson (Black Saint, 1992)
  • Room 1220 with John Surman (Konnex, 1993)
  • Live: The Very Human Factor (Muffin, 1993)
  • Lanaya (Plainisphare, 1994)
  • The Wake Keeping with Chico Freeman (Amori, 1996)
  • Live at Montreux with Reto Weber (Double Moon, 1999)
  • Shake Shuttle & Blow with Bruno Spoerri, Christy Doran, Reto Weber (Enja, 1999)
  • Looking Outside (Altrisuoni, 2001)
  • Music for Jazz Orchestra with NDR Big Band (Skip, 2003)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Ankeny, Jason. "Albert Mangelsdorff". AllMusic. Retrieved July 4, 2019.

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