1-CD with 20-page booklet, 17 tracks. Playing time approx. 65 mns.
In the Fifties and Sixties, Wolfgang Lauth was one of Germany's best jazz pianists and composers. He was forced to make a living elsewhere, but in his prime he recorded some extraordinarily innovative jazz - all of which is here. The early quartet (1956) included Walter Poehlert on guitar, Hans Tresser or Peter Trunk on bass, and Joe Hackbarth on drums. A year later, the guitar was replaced by vibraphonist
Fritz Hartschuh, making Lauth's group a harder swinging version of the Modern Jazz Quartet. In 1958 he recorded with a septet, combining jazz and baroque music. All these titles were originally recorded for Jazztone and Telefunken and are reissued here for the first time.