Volker Kriegel

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German jazz-rock guitarist, often known as the Father of Jazz Rock, born 24-Dec-1943, Darmstadt, Germany. Died: 15-Jun-2003, Spain.

Kriegel taught himself guitar at the age of 15 and started his own trio when he was 18, winning awards at the 1963 German Amateur Jazz Festival. While studying at Frankfurt University he met Emil and Albert Mangelsdorff and continued to develop his jazz interests. When American expatriate vibes-player Dave Pike offered him a place in his new band, he decided to give up his studies to become a full-time musician. He stayed with the Dave Pike Set from 1968-73, until Dave Pike returned to the USA, at which point Kriegel and Eberhard Weber founded Spectrum.

When Weber left in 1976 Kriegel started the jazz-rock group, the Mild Maniac Orchestra. In the meantime, in 1975, he had been a co-founder of the United Jazz And Rock Ensemble. In 1977 he co-founded Mood Records. As well as his musical activities, he was a distinguished cartoonist (both for journals and record sleeves), animator and broadcaster.

Kriegel died from a heart attack in June 2003.
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Albums

LBS 83 065 I With A Little Help From My Friends — Volker Kriegel Volker Kriegel With A Little Help From My Friends (Album) Liberty LBS 83 065 I Germany 1968 Sell This Version
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CRM 874, 0654 806 Spectrum — Volker Kriegel Volker Kriegel Spectrum (Album) MPS Records, BASF CRM 874, 0654 806 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
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33 21431-1 Inside: Missing Link — Volker Kriegel Volker Kriegel Inside: Missing Link (Album) MPS Records, BASF, MPS Records, BASF 33 21431-1 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
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21 31753-1 Lift! — Volker Kriegel Volker Kriegel Lift! (Album) MPS Records, BASF 21 31753-1 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
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15.403 Mild Maniac — Volker Kriegel Volker Kriegel & Spectrum (20) Volker Kriegel & Spectrum (20) - Mild Maniac (Album) MPS Records, BASF 15.403 Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
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ATL 50 070 Doldinger Jubilee Concert — Volker Kriegel Passport (2) And Brian Auger, Johnny Griffin, Alexis Korner, Volker Kriegel, Pete York Passport (2) And Brian Auger, Johnny Griffin, Alexis Korner, Volker Kriegel, Pete York - Doldinger Jubilee Concert (Album) Atlantic, WEA ATL 50 070 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
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BIT 2001 Untitled — Volker Kriegel Volker Kriegel & The Groove-Combination, Orchester Guy Carondel Volker Kriegel & The Groove-Combination, Orchester Guy Carondel - Untitled(LP) Biton BIT 2001 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
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20 228 274 Topical Harvest — Volker Kriegel Volker Kriegel Topical Harvest (Album) MPS Records, BASF 20 228 274 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
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BIT 2002 Untitled — Volker Kriegel Volker Kriegel & The Groove-Combination Volker Kriegel & The Groove-Combination - Untitled(LP) Biton BIT 2002 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
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5C-064-62110 House-Boat — Volker Kriegel Volker Kriegel House-Boat (Album) MPS Records 5C-064-62110 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
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BIT 2006 Untitled — Volker Kriegel Volker Kriegel & The Groove-Combination / Rainer Brüninghaus & Friends Volker Kriegel & The Groove-Combination / Rainer Brüninghaus & Friends - Untitled(LP) Biton BIT 2006 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
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BIT 2004 Gitarren Und Rhythmus — Volker Kriegel Guy Carondel Und Sein Orchester* / Volker Kriegel, Hans Peter Ströer Guy Carondel Und Sein Orchester* / Volker Kriegel, Hans Peter Ströer - Gitarren Und Rhythmus(LP) Biton BIT 2004 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
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25 000 Journal — Volker Kriegel Volker Kriegel Journal (Album) Mood Records 25 000 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
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BIT 2008 Untitled — Volker Kriegel Volker Kriegel & The Groove-Combination / Leaf (9) Volker Kriegel & The Groove-Combination / Leaf (9) - Untitled(LP) Biton BIT 2008 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
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28.636, MOOD 37 Schöne Aussichten — Volker Kriegel Volker Kriegel Schöne Aussichten (Album) Mood Records, Mood Records 28.636, MOOD 37 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
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28.662, 28662 Palazzo Blue — Volker Kriegel Volker Kriegel Palazzo Blue (Album) Mood Records 28.662, 28662 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
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none Der Rock'n'Roll-König — Volker Kriegel Volker Kriegel Gelesen Von Peter Heusch Volker Kriegel Gelesen Von Peter Heusch - Der Rock'n'Roll-König(2xCD) Kein & Aber Records none Germany & Switzerland 2003 Sell This Version
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101 726 Mainz 1963-1969 — Volker Kriegel Volker Kriegel Mainz 1963-1969(2xCD, Album, RM) Jazzhaus, SWR Music, Arthaus Musik 101 726 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
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ISBN 978-3-948095-23-9 Erwin Mit Der Tröte — Volker Kriegel Volker Kriegel, NDR Bigband*, Rainer Tempel Volker Kriegel, NDR Bigband*, Rainer Tempel - Erwin Mit Der Tröte(CD, RE) Die Zeit ISBN 978-3-948095-23-9 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

ATL 107 Handmade — Volker Kriegel Passport (2) And Brian Auger, Johnny Griffin, Alexis Korner, Volker Kriegel, Pete York Passport (2) And Brian Auger, Johnny Griffin, Alexis Korner, Volker Kriegel, Pete York - Handmade(7", Promo) Atlantic ATL 107 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
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37002, 37.002 Happy Birthday (20. Geburtstag Von Zweitausendeins) — Volker Kriegel Wolfgang Dauner, Wolfgang Haffner, Dieter Ilg, Volker Kriegel, Albert Mangelsdorff, Charlie Mariano Wolfgang Dauner, Wolfgang Haffner, Dieter Ilg, Volker Kriegel, Albert Mangelsdorff, Charlie Mariano - Happy Birthday (20. Geburtstag Von Zweitausendeins)(7") Mood Records, Mood Records 37002, 37.002 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
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Compilations

0088.036, 0088.036-2 Star Edition — Volker Kriegel Volker Kriegel Star Edition(2xLP, Comp) MPS Records, MPS Records 0088.036, 0088.036-2 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
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8 55 955 Volker Kriegel — Volker Kriegel Volker Kriegel Volker Kriegel(LP, Comp) AMIGA 8 55 955 German Democratic Republic (GDR) 1982 Sell This Version
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829 885-1 3 LP — Volker Kriegel Volker Kriegel 3 LP(3xLP, Album, Comp, RE) MPS Records 829 885-1 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
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28 655, 28655, MOOD 56 Guitar Highlights — Volker Kriegel Larry CoryellRalf Illenberger & Martin KolbeVolker KriegelMichael Sagmeister Larry CoryellRalf Illenberger & Martin KolbeVolker KriegelMichael Sagmeister - Guitar Highlights(LP, Comp) Mood Records, Mood Records, Mood Records 28 655, 28655, MOOD 56 Germany 1986 Sell This Version

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Expansive09

Expansive09

April 11, 2019
Brilliant German guitarist who definitely deserved more air time on American radio. Given half a chance I am sure jazz fusion aficionados would have gladly enjoyed Volker's warm guitar sound and penchant for melodies and the proverbial funk hook. Comparisons would be Pat Metheny, John Scofield a touch of George Benson. His solo material had top rated musicians such as Charlie Mariano and Wolfgang Dauner to name a few. I highly recommend his side project Mild Maniac Orchestra as well.

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