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

Volker Kriegel - With A Little Help From My Friends album art Volker Kriegel With A Little Help From My Friends (Album) Liberty Germany 1968 Sell This Version
Volker Kriegel - Spectrum album art Volker Kriegel Spectrum (Album) MPS Records, BASF Germany 1971 Sell This Version
Volker Kriegel - Inside: Missing Link album art Volker Kriegel Inside: Missing Link (Album) MPS Records, BASF, MPS Records, BASF Germany 1972 Sell This Version
Volker Kriegel - Lift! album art Volker Kriegel Lift! (Album) MPS Records, BASF Germany 1973 Sell This Version
Volker Kriegel - Mild Maniac album art Volker Kriegel & Spectrum (20) Volker Kriegel & Spectrum (20) - Mild Maniac (Album) MPS Records, BASF Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
Volker Kriegel - Doldinger Jubilee Concert album art 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 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
BIT 2001 Volker Kriegel - Untitled album art 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
BIT 2002 Volker Kriegel - Untitled album art Volker Kriegel & The Groove-Combination Volker Kriegel & The Groove-Combination - Untitled(LP) Biton BIT 2002 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
Volker Kriegel - Topical Harvest album art Volker Kriegel Topical Harvest (Album) MPS Records, BASF Germany 1976 Sell This Version
Volker Kriegel - House-Boat album art Volker Kriegel House-Boat (Album) MPS Records Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
Volker Kriegel - Journal album art Volker Kriegel Journal (Album) Mood Records Germany 1981 Sell This Version
Volker Kriegel - Schöne Aussichten album art Volker Kriegel Schöne Aussichten (Album) Mood Records, Mood Records Germany 1983 Sell This Version
Volker Kriegel - Palazzo Blue album art Volker Kriegel Palazzo Blue (Album) Mood Records Germany 1987 Sell This Version
101 726 Volker Kriegel - Mainz 1963-1969 album art Volker Kriegel Mainz 1963-1969(2xCD, Album, RM) Jazzhaus, SWR Music, Arthaus Musik 101 726 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
BIT 2008 Volker Kriegel - Untitled album art Volker Kriegel & The Groove-Combination / Leaf (9) Volker Kriegel & The Groove-Combination / Leaf (9) - Untitled(LP) Biton BIT 2008 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
BIT 2006 Volker Kriegel - Untitled album art Volker Kriegel & The Groove-Combination / Rainer Brüninghaus & Friends Volker Kriegel & The Groove-Combination / Rainer Brüninghaus & Friends - Untitled(LP) Biton BIT 2006 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
BIT 2004 Volker Kriegel - Gitarren Und Rhythmus album art 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 Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ATL 107 Volker Kriegel - Handmade album art 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
37002 Volker Kriegel - Happy Birthday - 20. Geburtstag Von Zweitausendeins album art 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", Ltd) Mood Records 37002 Germany 1989 Sell This Version

Compilations

0088.036, 0088.036-2 Volker Kriegel - Star Edition album art Volker Kriegel Star Edition(2xLP, Comp) MPS Records, MPS Records 0088.036, 0088.036-2 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
8 55 955 Volker Kriegel - Volker Kriegel album art Volker Kriegel Volker Kriegel(LP, Comp) AMIGA 8 55 955 German Democratic Republic (GDR) 1982 Sell This Version
829 885-1 Volker Kriegel - 3 LP album art Volker Kriegel 3 LP(3xLP, Album, Comp, RE) MPS Records 829 885-1 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
28 655, 28655 Volker Kriegel - Guitar Highlights album art Larry CoryellRalf Illenberger & Martin KolbeVolker KriegelMichael Sagmeister Larry CoryellRalf Illenberger & Martin KolbeVolker KriegelMichael Sagmeister - Guitar Highlights(LP, Comp) Mood Records, Mood Records 28 655, 28655 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
MPS 559 909-2 Volker Kriegel - Zoom album art Volker Kriegel Zoom(2xCD, Comp, RM) MPS Records MPS 559 909-2 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
06025 2750809 Volker Kriegel - Psychedelic Jazz Guitar album art Volker Kriegel Psychedelic Jazz Guitar(CD, Comp, RM) MPS Records, Universal Music Group International 06025 2750809 Europe 2010 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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