Sunday, August 6, 2017

Volker Kriegel - With a Little Help from My Friends

Guitarist Volker Kriegel was widely considered the father of European jazz-rock thanks to his influential stint with the Dave Pike Set as well as a subsequent series of pioneering solo LPs for the MPS label. Born in Darmstadt, Germany, on December 24, 1943, Kriegel was studying sociology under the famed philosopher Theodor W. Adorno when he began playing in a Frankfurt-based group with German jazz legends Albert and Emil Mangelsdorff, eventually abandoning his education to pursue a full-time career in music. Kriegel signed on with expatriate American vibraphonist Pike in 1968, joining what would quickly emerge as one of the most popular and influential jazz fusion combos in Western Europe via the acclaimed 1969 album Noisy Silence Gentle Noise. While continuing his association with Pike, Kriegel also founded his own group, the Mild Maniac Orchestra, and in 1970 collaborated with violinist Don "Sugarcane" Harris on the MPS date Keep on Driving. The guitarist then signed his own deal with the label to issue the 1971 jazz-rock landmark Spectrum, the first of ten MPS releases including such classic dates as 1973's Lift ! and 1975's Topical Harvest. In 1976 Kriegel co-founded the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble with a host of international musicians including Albert Mangelsdorff, American altoist Charlie Mariano, British saxophonist Barbara Thompson, and Dutch trumpeter Ack van Rooyen, among others. This sprawling, ever-rotating collective was the guitarist's primary vehicle throughout the remainder of his performing career, which fell by the wayside in the years to follow as he turned his attention to other creative pursuits, most notably writing a series of well-received children's books including Der Rock 'n' Roll Konig (The Rock 'n' Roll King) and Olaf dem Elch (Olaf the Moose). The UJ+RE's 2002 farewell tour also proved Kriegel's final moment in the spotlight. After battling cancer, he died June 15, 2003.
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Volker Kriegel
With a Little Help from
My Friends


1 With a Little Help From My Friends (Lennon, McCartney)  3:09
2 Blues for Instance (Kriegel)  5:03
3 Norwegian Wood (Lennon, McCartney)  2:47
4 Traffic Jam (Kriegel)  3:35
5 Morandi (Kriegel)  3:26
6 Na Na Imboro (Szenkar, Trad.)  8:35
7 Interpunctuation (Kriegel)  4:39
8 Teaming Up (Kriegel)  1:34
9 Vian-De (Kriegel)  4:05
10 Spanish Soul (Szenkar)  5:18
11 Na Na Imboro (Szenkar, Trad.)  4:23
12 Nina's Dance (Scott (9:13
13 Interpunctuation (Kriegel (6:53
14 Na Na Imboro (Szenkar, Trad.)  14:39


[# 1-4] Volker Kriegel Trio
Volker Kriegel - g
Peter Trunk - b
Cees See - dr
Recorded in Köln (Cologne), Germany ; 1968
[# 5-7] Volker Kriegel Quartet
Volker Kriegel - g
Claudio Szenkar - vb
Günter Lenz - b
Peter Baumeister - dr
Recorded in Frankfurt, Germany ; 1968
[# 8-10] Volker Kriegel Quartet
Same as above, except
Eberhard Leibling - b, replaces Lenz
Recorded live at 11. Deutsches Jazz Festival Frankfurt ; March 22, 1968
[# 11] Volker Kriegel Quartet w/Gustl Mayer
Same as above, except
Gustl Mayer - ts, is added
Recorded same place & date as above
[# 12] Tony Scott, Gustl Mayer & Volker Kriegel Trio
Same as above, except
Claudio Szenkar - vb, is out
Tony Scott - cl, is added
Recorded same place & date as above
[# 13-14] Volker Kriegel Quartet
Volker Kriegel - g
Gustl Mayer - ts
Günter Hermkes - b
Ralf Hübner - dr
Recorded live at Jazzhouse Hamburg, Germany ; July 16, 1968


steve said...

Hey Mel . . . I have lots of Kriegel in his fusion of "jazz rock" days so this is a delightful insight to his development that I didn't even know existed! Many Thanks for the listen.

jose arboleda said...

muchas gracias,

AmyBRAINS said...

New to me.
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Lalo said...

Great disc! Thanks so much

fcapeau said...

Nice work and post. A big thnak you, Mel.

gregg said...

Thank you and a million more times thank you. I love Volker.

jose arboleda said...

muchas gracias,

Aureacordes said...

Muchas gracias.
¿Cual es el password?

boogieman said...

Merci, je ne connaissais pas bien ce qu'il avait fait avant MPS. Voici une lacune de comblée!

Jeronyme said...



deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

bho wani said...

Thank you, Melanchthon.

chuchuni said...

Merci Mel!

Melanchthon said...

Jazz Padd said...

Thanks, this'll be a first for me.

Anonymous said...

A post of early works by Volker Kriegel is a must. Thank you so much for keeping his music alive. Love Volkers later work for years and treasured a couple of his MPS recordings. He was a very gentle person. Unfortunatley he died much to early.

Kovina Kris said...

I was not aware of Volker Kriegel. This is really cool to find out what many others seem to know. Thank you Mel!

Angel said...

Mel returns on fire