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Circle LP discography

This is a discography of LPs released on the German label Circle in the 1970s and 1980s. The label was started by Rudolf Kreis in 1976.

The first part of the catalog numbers appears to incorporate the recording dates to some extent. The second part of the number is sequential from one issue to the next. The list is probably incomplete.

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Circle LPs

Essence: The Heat And Warmth Of Free Jazz, Vol I, The Tuba Trio, 1977, Circle RK 2976/1

Tracks : Part I: Instrumental Solo Of The Tenor Sax, Part II: Instrumental Solo Of The Tuba, Part III: Instrumental Solo Of The Drums, Part IV: Group With The Tenor Sax, Part V: Group With The Flute

Musicians : Sam Rivers, Joe Daley, Warren Smith

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Essence: The Heat And Warmth Of Free Jazz, Vol II, The Tuba Trio, 1977, Circle RK 2976/2

Tracks : Part VI: Group with the Soprano Sax, Part VII: Group with the Piano, with a Tuba and a Drum Solo

Musicians : Sam Rivers, Joe Daley, Warren Smith

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Essence: The Heat And Warmth Of Free Jazz, Vol III, The Tuba Trio, 1977, Circle RK 2976/3

Tracks : Part VIII: Group With The Tenor Sax, Part IX: Drums Interlude - Group With The Piano

Musicians : Sam Rivers, Joe Daley, Warren Smith

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Penthouse Jazz, Vol 1: Live 1977, David Murray & Low Class Conspiracy, 1977, Circle RK 18877/4

Tracks : Dewey's Circle, Joann's Green Satin Dress

Musicians : David Murray, Butch Morris, Don Pullen, Fred Hopkins, Stanley Crouch

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Solomon's Sons, David Murray & James Newton, 1977, Circle RK 16177/5

Tracks : Monk's Notice, The Dean, Theme For The Kidd, 3D Family, Solomon's Sons

Musicians : David Murray, James Newton

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Jazz Of The Seventies: Una Muy Bonita, Sam Rivers Tuba Trio / Earl Cross Sextet, 1977, Circle RK 7376/6

Tracks : Essence: Part X, J.L. March, Una Muy Bonita

Musicians : Track 1: Sam Rivers, Joe Daley, Warren Smith / Tracks 2 & 3: Earl Cross, Daoud Haroon, Jimmy Vass, Juma Sultan, Ronnie Boykins, Roger Blank

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Flutes!, Sam Rivers, James Newton, 1977, 76, Circle RK 7677/7

Tracks : Essence: Part XI, Woman, The Dean, Choir

Musicians : Track 1: Sam Rivers, Joe Daley, Warren Smith / Tracks 2, 3 & 4: James Newton

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Holy Siege On Intrigue, Vol II: Live 1977, David Murray & Low Class Conspiracy, 1977, Circle RK 18877/8

Tracks : Patricia: Lost and Lonely, Holy Siege on Intrigue: Part One, Hole Siege on Intrigue: Part Two, Flowers for Albert

Musicians : David Murray, Butch Morris, Don Pullen, Fred Hopkins, Stanley Crouch

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Live Vol 1, Human Arts Ensemble, 1978, Circle RK 23578/9

Tracks : Stick Candy Man, Concere Natashiah, Blue Lou, Let's Do Six-Eight

Musicians : Luther Thomas, John Lindberg, Charles Bobo Shaw

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Fruits: Live, Phillip Wilson Trio, 1978, Circle RK 14778/10

Tracks : Electricity, Leo's Tune, F & L, Death Aint Supposed To Be Negative

Musicians : Phillip Wilson, Leo Smith, Johnny Dyani

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Binu, James Newton Trio & Quartet, 1978, Circle RK 21877/11

Tracks : The Change, T & E, Pinkie Below, Red Car, Past Spirits, Shakuhachi

Musicians : James Newton, Mark Dresser, Tylon Barea, Allan Iwohara

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Live Vol 2, Human Arts Ensemble, 1978, Circle RK 23578 / 12

Tracks : Sequence, Tiburg Centre, Ectodorph, Ballad, Concere Natashiah

Musicians : Joseph Bowie, James Emery, Charles Bobo Shaw

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Little Wing, Gil Evans, 1978, Circle RK 101978/13

Tracks : Dr. Jeckyll (Jackle), The Meaning Of The Blues, Little Wing

Musicians : Gil Evans, Terumasa Hino, Lew Soloff, George Adams, Gerry Niewood, Bob Stewart, Peter Levin, Don Pate, Rob Crowder

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Structures: Live, Narada Burton Greene Trio, 1979, Circle RK 111178/14

Tracks : Come Sunday, Indebop, Impulse, Nicolai Covaci Variations

Musicians : Narada Burton Greene, Keshavan Maslak, Mark Miller, Rob Peters

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Funky Donkey: Live, Luther Thomas Creative Ensemble, 1979, Circle RK 1977/15

Tracks : Funky Donkey, Una New York

Musicians : Luther Thomas, Floyd Le Hore, Harold Pudgay Atterbury, Lester Bowie, Joseph Bowie, J.D.Parran, Marvin Home, Eric Foreman, Charles Bobo Shaw, Abdella Ya Kum, Rocky Washington

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Buddha's Hand: Live, Keshavan Maslak Trio, 1979, Circle RK 15978/16

Tracks : Joyful Peasants, Burton In New Jersey, Hum Ha Begins To See, Buddha's Hand, Sinaasappelsap For George Coppens

Musicians : Keshavan Maslak, Mark Miller, Sadiq Abdu Shahid

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African Magic: Great African Encounter, Cheikh Tidiane Fall, Malachi Favors, Sunny Murray, 1979, Circle RK 5679 / 17

Tracks : Wolofu Bugu Bolibana, I Am A Soldier I: African-American Spiritual, I Am A Soldier II: African-American Spiritual, African Ancestrian Piece, Angry Man

Musicians : Cheikh Tidiane Fall, Malachi Favors, Sunny Murray

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European Heritage, Burton Greene, 1978, Circle RK 121178/18

Tracks : Renaissance Variations I: Languan Lijornson, Variations on Roumanian Folk, March Sun, Museums, Renaissance Variations II: Kalenda Maya

Musicians : Narada Burton Greene

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Seasons Change, Karl Berger & Lee Konitz, 1980, Circle RK 291079/19

Tracks : Some Blues, Ballad, A Tuno For Bruno, Standard, Talk, Seasons Change, Sundance, Mamidi II, Taking Time, Fun (Whole-Half Down 89)

Musicians : Karl Berger, Lee Konitz

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Trance, Marty Cook & The New York Sound Explosion, 1980, Circle RK 31279/20

Tracks : Flesh & Blood, For Those Who Loved Him, O.C. & Montville, Trance Suite

Musicians : Marty Cook, Seth Brody, Monty Waters, Curtis Clark, Ratso Harris, John Betsch

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6 x 1 = 10 Duos For A New Decade, John Fischer, 1980, Circle RK 7879/21

Tracks : Walking Ahead, I Love You Mama, What If?, But Not For Me, February, What If, 110th Street, Squeal, Bull Pop, How Long Has This Been Going On?

Musicians : John Fischer, duos with: Lester Bowie, Perry Robinson, Mark Whitecage, Arthur Blythe, Charles Tyler, Rick Kilburn

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Night Bird: Live In Paris, Chet Baker, 1980, Circle RK 25680/22

Tracks : D.S. Dilemma, Night Bird, Tempus Fugit

Musicians : Chet Baker, Nicola Stilo, Karl Ratzer, Ricardo Del Fra, Al Levitt

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Tune Up: Live In Paris, Chet Baker, 1981, Circle RK 25680/23

Tracks : There Will Never Be Another You, Leaving, Tune Up

Musicians : Chet Baker, Nicola Stilo, Karl Ratzer, Ricardo Del Fra, Al Levitt

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My Funny Valentine, Chet Baker, 1981, Circle RK 23581/24

Tracks : Resonant Emotions, Ray's Idea, My Funny Valentine, If I Should Loose You

Musicians include: Chet Baker, Jon Eardley, Bob Mover

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'Round Midnight: Live, Chet Baker, 1982, Circle RK 23581/25

Tracks : Prayer For The Newborn, My Ideal, Lady Bird, 'Round Midnight, Beatrice

Musicians : Chet Baker, Jon Eardley, Bob Mover, Dennis Luxion, Rocky Knauer, Burkhart Ruckert

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In Your Own Sweet Way, Chet Baker, 1983, Circle RK 22380/26

Tracks : No Ties, In Your Own Sweet Way, Old Devil Moon

Musicians : Chet Baker, Nicola Stilo, Dennis Luxion, Ricardo Del Fra

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Just Friends, Chet Baker, 1983, Circle RK 22380/27

Tracks : Doodlin', Just Friends

Musicians : Chet Baker, Nicola Stilo, Dennis Luxion, Ricardo Del Fra

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I Remember You, Chet Baker, 1983, Circle RK 23581/28

Tracks : Belle Meade, Night Bird, I Remember You, Tempus Fugit

Musicians : Chet Baker, Jon Eardley, Bob Mover, Dennis Luxion, Rocky Knauer, Burkhart Ruckert

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African Moods, Archie Shepp / Jeanne Lee, 1984, Circle RK 61084/29

Tracks : 'Round Midnight, Tune For Shepp, Bahia, Sophisticated Lady, Blue Monk

Musicians : Archie Shepp, Jeanne Lee, Siggi Kessler, Peter Bockius, Don Mumford

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Hot House, Herb Geller, 1985, Circle RK 241184/30

Tracks : Triste, Embraceable You, Hot House, Well, You Needn't, Willow Weep For Me, Donna Lee

Musicians : Herb Geller, Hartmut Sperl, Bernd Wolf, Achim Bräuer

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Frankfurt Workshop '78: Tenor Saxes, George Adams, Archie Shepp, Heinz Sauer, 1985, Circle RK 24978/31

Tracks : Free For Three, For Art's Art Now, In A Sendimental Mood, Free Interlude

Musicians : George Adams, Archie Shepp, Heinz Sauer, Rainer Brüninghaus, Palle Danielsson, Alex Riel

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Conception, Chet Baker, 1985, Circle RK 27680/32

Tracks : Lovely Black Eyes, The Touch Of Your Lips, Conception

Musicians : Chet Baker, Nicola Stilo, Karl Ratzer, Ricardo Del Fra

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Devil Blues: The Essential, Archie Shepp, 1986, Circle RK 7884/33

Tracks : Devil Blues, Confirmation, Mama Rose, U-Majaa

Musicians : Archie Shepp, George Adams, Heinz Sauer, Rainer Brüninghaus, Siegfried Kessler, Palle Danielsson, Peter Bockius, Alex Riel, Don Mumford

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Fungi Mama: Live, Herb Geller Quartet, 1986, Circle RK 241184/34

Tracks : Fungi Mama, Saturday Night in the Cosmos, Cool Blues, I'll Remember April, Blues (Walkin'), Stella By Starlight

Musicians : Herb Geller, Hartmut Sperl, Bernd Wolf, Achim Bräuer

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Down, Chet Baker, 1988, Circle RK 22380/35

Tracks : Afternoon At Home, Down

Musicians : Chet Baker, Nicola Stilo, Dennis Luxion, Ricardo Del Fra

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It Never Entered My Mind, Chet Baker, 1988?, Circle RK 25680/36

Tracks : It Never Entered My Mind, Just Friends, I Remember You

Musicians : Chet Baker, Nicola Stilo, Karl Ratzer, Ricardo Del Fra

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When Sun Lights Up The Future, Johannes Faber QUintet, 1988?, Circle RK 6984/37

Tracks : Come Up With It Or Else, Rhythm Rag, When Sun Lights Up The Future, White Liine On A Black Grand

Musicians : Johannes Faber, George Adams, Joerg Reiter, Thomas Stabenow, Billy Cobham

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Last updated October 2014