Volker Kriegel – Mainz Studio Recordings (1963-1969) (Remastered Extended Version) (2021) [FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

Volker Kriegel – Mainz Studio Recordings (1963-1969) (Remastered Extended Version) (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 03:07:47 minutes | 1,94 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © SWR Jazzhaus

When the Darmstadt teenager Volker Kriegel (1943-2003) officially debuted his first chords in the late 1950s, the guitar was still an outsider instrument in jazz. It could boast a few luminaries, but actually everything was still open when, in 1963 and 1964, the autodidact from Hessen won first prizes as guitarist and soloist at the amateur jazz festival in Düsseldorf. The debut recordings in 1963, which Südwestfunk (SWF) recorded with the nineteen-year-old guitarist in trio at the Deutschhaus in Mainz, and the 1969 studio sessions in the Kammersaal Studio, are worlds apart. For one thing, the guitar itself had carved out a career. On top of this, Kriegel had gained in self-confidence. But above all, he had found a counterpart in Claudio Szenkar, who opened up perspectives not only in terms of communication and composition but also through Kriegel’s own instrument. The combination of vibraphone and guitar was then still fairly new. In 1968, Kriegel decided to make music his main profession. Thanks to “With A Little Help from My Friends” and an appearance at the German Jazz Festival in Frankfurt, he achieved the breakthrough into public recognition. Together with the vibraphonist Dave Pike, the bassist Hans Rettenbacher and the drummer Peter Baumeister, he founded the Dave Pike Set, which became for four years his artistic center and a beacon combo of European jazz rock. And for the SWF (Südwestfunk, today SWR) he went twice into the sound studio. With the exceptions of The Beatles’s anthem “Norwegian Wood” and “Mother People” by the young guitar berserker Frank Zappa, hardly any pieces by other musicians are still to be heard in these recordings.


01. Django
02. Tabu
03. Israel
04. Blue Moon
05. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
06. Blues for Django
07. St. Louis Blues
08. Rhythm-A-Ning
09. Les enfants š’ennuient le dimanche
10. Autumn Leaves
11. Three Seconds
12. Tea and Rum
13. Morandi
14. Don’t Wait
15. Half and Half
16. Na Na Imboro
17. Nyleve
18. Teamwork
19. Ten O’Clock Blues
20. Octopus
21. Connie’s Blues
22. Viande
23. Traffic Jam
24. Little Pear
25. Norwegian Wood
26. Five by Four
27. Royal Harp
28. Soul Eggs
29. Cry It Out
30. Noisy Silence, Gentle Noise
31. Somewhat, Somewhere, Somehow
32. Sitting on My Knees
33. Teaming Up
34. Slums on Wheels
35. I’m on My Way
36. Blue Flower
37. Pluns
38. Mother People