Friday, February 5, 2010
Volker KRIEGEL & Mild Maniac Orchestra - Octember Variations 1977
68.147, MPS 15495
Volker Kriegel (24 December 1943–14 June 2003) was a German jazz guitarist and composer born in Darmstadt, Germany, perhaps most noteworthy for his contributions to the European jazz rock genre and for his collaborations with the American vibraphonist Dave Pike. In 1975 he was a founding member of the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble.
A self-taught guitarist, Kriegel began playing when he was fifteen and formed a trio three years later that won an award at a 1963 amateur jazz festival. In 1973 he founded Spectrum, a quartet that included Eberhard Weber, among others. In 1975 Kriegel spent a month teaching for the Goethe Institute, an organization he had worked for at various points throughout his career. In 1976 Spectrum broke up, and Kriegel started another band called the Mild Maniac Orchestra which stayed together in to the 1980s.
In 1977 Kriegel became the partial owner of a label called Mood Records. He has also done sideman work for various musicians, including Klaus Doldinger. In addition to music, Kriegel was also a cartoonist who appeared in several German newspapers, a radio broadcaster, and a director of films and author of books related to music.
German guitarist Volker Kriegel released this LP in 1977 on the MPS label, personnel is Volker Kriegel on guitar, Thomas Bettermann on keyboards, Hans Peter Ströer on bass and Evert Fraterman on drums, plus guests Nippi Noya on percussion, Alan Skidmore on sax, Ack Van Rooyen on trumpet and Wolfgang Dauner on synthesizer.
Volker Kriegel- Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Sitar [Sitar-guitar],
Hans Peter Ströer- Bass
Evert Fraterman- Drums
Thomas Bettermann- Keyboards
Hans Peter Ströer (tracks: A2, B4) ,
Thomas Bettermann (tracks: B1) ,
Volker Kriegel (tracks: A1 to A3, B2, B3)
Nippy Noya- Percussion
Alan Skidmore- Tenor Sax (on 1)
Ack van Rooyen- Trumpet (on 1)
Wolfgang Dauner- Synthesizer (solo on 3)
A1. Funk You Very Much 5:37
Saxophone - Alan Skidmore
Trumpet - Ack Van Rooyen
A2. Ballad Garden & Palm Dreams 6:02
A3. Octember Variation 6:30
Synthesizer - Wolfgang Dauner
B1. Und Schön Ist Die Fahrt 5:50
B2. Dora 6:30
B3. Flugsteig B 2:06
B4. Spiral Crackers 3:30