'Mozart has the blues' (Mhdb = abbreviation, 'Mozart has the
blues' = 'Mozart hat den blues', English translation), Kassel (Germany), is an avant-garde jazz & absurd rock band. Mhdb present themselves mainly
on the Mhdb sessions and videos. Mhdb's
publications such as 'Mozart had the Blues' analyze the band,
the theory & history of drums, as well as urban music,
urban culture & development. The virtual Mhdb twin,
Bambulete, performs the self-created 43
Mhdb songs (the Mhdb standards)
in a largely atonal & percussive style; exceptionally live:
drumming tips, quarantine solo project.
- Mhdb have never had
the ambition to be famous, but simply to develop their own
music. Mhdb have frequently been in the recording studio and
in the headlines, without ever wanting to launch into album
sales or live from the past, e.g. by preserving their music in
audio or video recordings. For Mhdb, recordings are only used
as a means of documenting musical development, in particular,
their own development as embedded in the context of local,
regional and global trends.
- The consumption of
jazz - at least, Mhdb jazz - already takes place at the moment
of its genesis. The production and consumption of jazz
coincide. Recordings (videos and audios, or MP4 and MP3, etc,
whether recorded live or in the studio) merely capture the
moments. Similar or identical-sounding recordings at most have
only a similar or identical-sounding framework, while within
this framework they are actually quite different.
- When J. S. Bach
(1685-1750) had a musical inspiration, he would immediately
sit down and compose something new, whereas Mhdb still
integrate a new discovery into one of the existing 43 Mhdb
- Such influences,
whether classical or popular, are not copied or 'covered' by
Mhdb, but processed or tested out and integrated into the Mhdb
concept; for example: the tritone in the 'new music'; or
Blackberry Smoke's contribution to the renaissance of live
- Over some 20 years (approx. 1990-2010) Mhdb have created a repertoire of 43 own songs, which have been interpreted by The Mhdb Session Trio as 'Mhdb standards' on the Mhdb sessions and which were
fully documented as live videos
on YouTube in 2016.
- As the basis for this interpretation and
documentation, the 43 Mhdb songs or standards have been
available since 2010 in a computer-generated
version, approximately two thirds of which have German
spoken lyrics, that could also be spoken in
English or be sung. Around one third is purely
- The live songs by Mhdb, which have evolved since
around 1990, were systematically digitally reworked in the Mhdb style between 2005-10, and have
since been available as a computer-generated Mhdb real book
containing standards, which are used
for the Mhdb sessions.
- With these digital song versions, Mhdb have also been establishing themselves since 2008 as a virtual band in the Internet
charts, for instance at SoundClick.com.
- From October 2017 to April 2018, these MP3s on
SoundClick.com were updated and completed.
- Since 2016, a raw and simple live video, as
actually played by a band - in this case: Mhdb -, of all the 43 Mhdb
songs has been available on YouTube.
The Mhdb videos are kept up-to-date by replacing an old one
with a new one.
- Right now the Mhdb style
could be described as similar to boogie
woogie. However, due to the spoken lyrics and
keyboard-drums accompaniment it could also be placed between
rap & gospel,
or even avant-garde
jazz & metal or
based e.g. on the nuances in tone, the many irregular, hard
rhythms or the attractive recorders
sound. Nevertheless, the Mhdb style may well change again
completely as time goes on.
- The Mhdb melodies and chords
are based on American-European
influences, particularly on modern jazz, but also have
links to r&b/rap/hip hop
rock: a total of more than 230
years of influences (1787-2022)
- The Mhdb lyrics (for example: "KarlMaxShuffle",
below) deal with the often grotesque everyday life in contemporary Germany, but reflect more and more
global developmental differences between the
global megacities and historical metropolises.
- a virtual percussion group, established in 2010 - also performs the 43 Mhdb songs or standards with German spoken
lyrics, but in a largely atonal & percussive style,
as well as entirely computer-generated
(also live since 2020: Quarantine solo
- The Mhdb publications record and analyze the musical
material, that has evolved during the
several decades of Mhdb's prehistory and history and is embedded in a local, regional or global
- Finally, in the Mhdb sessions
the Mhdb live trio or band in turn
empirically reinterpret the theory derived from the analyses
made in the publications. In this way, the
computer-generated Mhdb repertoire continues to evolve.
- Hence, the Mhdb sessions, the virtual and live Mhdb
band or trio, Bambulete and the Mhdb
publications all form part of one whole concept and are
closely interlinked and interdependent.
- The corona crisis led to the
interruption of the Mhdb sessions and recordings as well as to
solo project (Bambulete live). Online band sessions did
not work or were too complicated (test).
sessions (requirement: low covid risk). Latest sessions
(usually now from the Mhdb studio): YouTube
- Prehistory and history of Mhdb
date back to 1964. The
Esquires, for example, a Berlin-based beat band
which existed from 1964-67, was the 2nd of 20 pre-Mhdb
& Mhdb bands, and was the first semi-professional band
of the Mhdb founder & drummer (Wolfgang Billmann).
The whole Mhdb story (approx. 1960-), theoretical background
(texts, arrangements, melodies, chords, measures), and the 20 pre-Mhdb &
Mhdb bands: "Mozart
had the Blues, The theory, history & prehistory
of 'Mozart has the blues' (Mhdb) - or: an amateur drummer's
autobiography". By Wolfgang Billmann, Kassel, Germany, 2015
(updated from time to time, 1st ed. 1997), password via email@example.com
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